During a recent trip to the Czech Republic, I learned that my given surname (Pizinger) is actually Jewish. My 3x great grandfather is said to be from Pisek and I have yet to find his birth records in regional or national archives in the Czech Republic. I cannot find his marriage to my 3x great grandmother, Mary Kudlata, nor can I find the birth of my 2x great grandfather (said to be in Prague), which was a twin birth. My uncle tells me that he was told that Josef, my 3x great grandfather was also a twin, but no one can locate a family bible or anything other than a farming equipment catalog (which I found in my grandparents house last summer). I haven't looked deeply into Jewish records in the Czech Republic, mostly because I'm not familiar with the archives and how to find stuff.
I spoke with my uncle (who was the closest of the five kids to my grandfather Pizinger, who died in 2005) earlier this week and he told me what HIS grandfather told him years back about his own grandparents. He said no one liked to be around Grandma Pizinger because she was bossy, nosey and nit-picky, but everyone gravitated towards Grandma Krchmar, who was always smiling, laughing and very personable.
I did find Pisingers who perished in the Holocaust and one of my distant cousins also found many Pisingers living in Israel in this day and age. The surname was spelled Pisinger on the ship passenger list.
Anyone out there that can help??