Salomon Benjamin Latz: The Father of the Father of the Mother of the Mother of the Mother of the Mother of Doron Zeilberger

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Salomon Benjamin Latz (1749- Jan. 17, 1829) [look at a a digital photo of his portrait (courtesy of Tom(sr) and Tom(jr) Furstenberg).]

the son of Benjamin Latz, was a "wealthy and pious" Jew, who lived in the city of Posen, Prussia (now Poznan, Poland), capital of the Grand Duchy of Posen (now the district of Poznan).

Before he died, in 1829, he consulted the Posen Rabbi, Akiva Eger (the great "Gaon of Posen", one of the greatest Talmudic scholars of the 19th century), how to use his money. Eger advised him to contribute towards a hospital with a "beth midrash" attached. Latz followed this advice, and left, in his will, 6000 thalers. Because of Latz's high regard to Rabbi Eger, and possibly low regard for the lay leaders of the Posen Jewish community, he stipulated that Eger should have full control over running the hospital, and that the Jews of the City of Posen should not have preference over Jews from the neighboring communities as regards admission.

When Latz died in 1829, the hospital, and Beth-Midrash, were built, and Eger followed religiously Latz's will. Of course, the machers of the Posen Jewish community wanted to take over, but Eger refused, citing Latz's will. The leaders then complained to the German authorities, who intervened, but Eger did not give up. According to Sinason's biography of Eger, `The Gaon of Posen', this shows Eger's great integrity and courage.

Latz's hospital was probably very instrumental in combating the 1831 Cholera epidemic in Posen, for which Eger got a letter of commendation from the Kaiser.

The following is an excerpt from Heppner and Herzberg's book about Posen Jews, p. 819: ``In 1829, Salomon Benjamin Latz raised 6000 Thalers for the construction of a hospital with a Beth-Midrash''.

Added Nov. 14, 2002: Tom Furstenberg (jr), in addition to sending me the photo of the portrait, also kindly sent me, and gave me permission to post here, the following pictures:

Salomon Benjamin Latz's first wife, and mother of this children, was Blume DAVID (or Blume bat David), Blume died in about 1811, and he then married to Malke SHAPIRO in 1813. Salomon and Blume probably had numerous children. I know of only four

Added Dec. 30. 2007: It is very possible (Added Aug. 10, 2013: Thanks to José Matiella I know that it is true, and the brother's name was Fabian Latz) that Salomon Benjamin Latz had a brother, three of whose children emigrated to the United States, and established the following American Latz Family Tree, kindly brought to my attention by Stephen Falk.
Added June 5, 2009: There are lots Witkowskis in Daniel Kester's Witowski tree .
(Added April 13, 2010): See Saul Blum's of Poznan 1938 Latz family history, commissioned by the Latz family of Fort Wayne, and kindly communicated to me (with permission) by Stephen Falk.
Added Jan. 11, 2011: Read Tom Furstenberg's, Jr.'s touching ane exciting account of his visit to Poznan (in Dutch). Read also his message.

Added Aug. 10. 2013: José Matiella kindly allowed me to post the very interesting documents that he collected, see this directory.
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