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Koretz family and town name
Posted by: Rick Abeles Date: February 23, 2002 at 10:33:13
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My wife's maiden name was Koretz and her family came from Bohemia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, now in the Czech Republic. They came from towns near Pilsen and are Jewish, and we know there are other Koretz's around (just type Koretz on Google and see all the hits you get, which is how I found this site). Her grandfather and some of his siblings immigrated to the US in the late 19th century and settled in Chicago.

We were intrigued many years ago when on the TV series Holocaust the protagonists joined up with some partisans in the forest who came from Koretz (it was spelled this way in the book which came out simultaneously with the series). We looked up Koretz and found it to be in the Ukraine, or what is the Ukraine today but was part of Russia then. We could find no link between the family name and the town. As an aside, the chief rabbi of Salonika (Thessalonika) Greece, which had a large pre WW-II Jewish population, was named Koretz. On, a large genealogical site, there are a number of people making inquiries about people fro the town of Koretz in the Ukraine.

I have my wife's family tree on Family Tree maker but can easily convert it to MS Word if anybody is interested and if you can tell me how to post it. She has one famous black sheep in her family whose name was Leo Koretz who ran a Ponzi scheme in Chicago in late 1920's involving fictitious timber and oil properties in Panama.

My wife's first cousin once removed, Jim Koretz, has a Web site at and will shortly be posting the family tree which I compiled. Since I have become, by default, the family genealogist for both my family and that of my wife, I would appreciate any Koretz information, particularly if some type of relationship can be established.

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