The Rose Man Rabbi

Prescos 1956 Melba, Vic & RosemaryMark 1959 Rick Young 1


Yesterday I found a Gregory and a Christine in the Braskewitz genealogy. Wensel Anton Braskewitz is my great grandfather who came from Bohemia Austria to Connecticut. He was a tailor, and I believe a Jew. I met his son, Victor Hugo Presco, once. He had wavy hair like Jews I have met and seen in photos. My father, Victor William, and my brother, Mark Broderick Presco both have this wavy hair. This is why Vic claimed I was not his son, but the product of Rosemary’s adultery. I looked like my grandfather, Frank Weseley  Rosamond.

The opening paragraph of Christine’s autobiography that was disappeared, begins with how different I looked then my three siblings. I did not read but a few pages, and thus do not know if my famous sister expounds upon the lie our father spread that was an attempt to expel the hidden Jew in ‘The Family’. Vic admitted he was part Jewish near the end of his life, due to Wensel marrying Christine Marie Roth, whose father was Gregory Roth. I just discovered her first name was Christine and her father. Gregory. Did our parents name us after this father and daughter, or, was there a divine intervention? Hugo abandoned his only child when Vic was three. I am not sure he was married to Melba Broderick. Braskewitz was also spelled Prescowitz, later shortened to Presco.

I suspect Hugo seduced Melba when she was sixteen. When she got pregnant her German family would not let her get married to a Jew. Vic told Rosemary the truth and she was livid because her mother was anti-Semitic. I suspect Melba was going to tell her grandchildren the truth at her deathbed, and Vic did not want the truth to be known. This castaway of the hidden truth and bastard child was worked out on me. Melba came to understand this as did the head of Serenity Lane who suggested I was both my grandfathers, the Bohemian writer, and the Bohemian gambler. After I got sober and began to write and study Family Secrets, I titled myself ‘The Family Jew and Scapegoat’

In 1987 I read the Bible for the first time and spent the next three years in isolation studying it. I talked to a Rabbi about converting to Judaism. After this conversation I realized I was a Rabbi, perhaps descended from Rabbis because I had a clear sight of what I was reading. I shared this sight with Christine and Marilyn Reed, my first girlfriend who grandfather was a Jew. We have made bonds with angels. I am a Bab. I am the Go’el of Christine and my artistic legacy. I am what has been lost and forsaken in the Diaspora. I believe we descend from the Ashekenazi. Bohemia was called called Canaan Land.

John Gregory Presco

Wensel Braskewitz

Born in Bohemia on 1851. Wensel married Christine Marie Roth and had 3 children. He passed away on 1921.

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Gregory Roth

Found 10 Records, 10 Photos and 617,114 Family Trees

Born on 1824. Gregory married Kristine Krause and had a child. He passed away on 1894.

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Wenzel is a male given name (long version Wenzeslaus) as the German and Old English form of the Czech given name Václav or Venceslav, meaning “praised with glory”. Variations are Вячеслав (Ukrainian and Russian), Vencel (Hungarian), Wacław, Więcław, Wiesław (Polish), Venceslas/Wenceslas (French), Venceslao (Italian), Wenceslao (Spanish).

Marie M Presco

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, USA on 7 Jun 1883 to Wensel Braskewitz and Christine Marie Roth. Marie M married George M Hild and had a child. She passed away on 27 Jan 1955 in San Francisco, California, USA.

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Roth is an English, German or Jewish origin surname. There are seven theories:

  1. the spilling of blood from the warrior class of ancient Germanic Deutsch soldier

  2. ethnic name for an Anglo-Saxon, derived from rot (meaning “red” in pre-7th century), referencing red-haired people.
  3. topographical name, derived from rod (meaning “wood”), referencing a dweller in such a location.

  4. derivative from hroth (from the Proto-Germanic word for “fame”; related to hrod).

  5. locale name for 18th century Ashkenazi refugees to Germany.
  6. derivative from roe in the ancient Danish language to signify (of) a king.

  7. of the red colour of clay, as in pottery (Deutsch)

Note: Roth is not a Hebrew surname. Its origins are in the Northern Hemisphere, and it is a common name in Scotland and other English speaking countries as well as in German speaking countries. As was for historical reasons, the Jewish people merely adopted various established names, many of which were common amongst non-Jewish people in their respective countries.

The first English-language historical record of the surname ‘Roth’ appeared in the United Kingdom in Colchester and Essex public records in 1346.[1]

This Jewish surname of BRASCH was an acronymic surname from a Hebrew-Aramaic patronymic phrase BAR RABI SHELOMO, meaning ‘The son of the Rabbi’. Solomon, Samuel, Simon, Samson or some other male given name beginning with S.

Barash Name Meaning
Jewish (Ashkenazic): acronymic surname from the Hebrew patronymic phrase Ben Rabi Shelomo, Shemuel, Shimon, Shimshon, etc., i.e. ‘son of (rabbi) Solomon, Samuel, Simon, Samson’, or some other male personal name beginning with Sh-.

Curly and wavy hair are genetic traits that have occurred in both Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews for generations, but it is somewhat of a mystery as to why Jews initially inherited these traits,” said Dr. Mark Avram, a Long Island-based dermatologist who specializes in hair transplantation.

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Ashkenaz was associated with Armenia,[24] as it was occasionally in Jewish usage, where its denotation extended at times to Adiabene, Khazaria, Crimea and areas to the east.[32] His contemporary Saadia Gaon identified Ashkenaz with the Saquliba or Slavic territories,[33] and such usage covered also the lands of tribes neighboring the Slavs, and Eastern and Central Europe.[32] In modern times Samuel Krauss identified this biblical area with northern Asia Minor.[33] Sometime late in the Ist millennium CE., the Jews of central and eastern Europe came to be called by this term which in biblical Hebrew referred to their neighbours on the Black Sea steppe.[29] In conformity with the custom of designating areas of Jewish settlement with biblical names, Spain was denominated Sefarad (Obadiah 20): France Tsarefat (1 Kings 17:9), while Bohemia was called the Land of Canaan.[34] By the first century of the second millennium, Talmudic commentators like Rashi began to use Ashkenaz/Eretz Ashkenaz to designate Germanic lands, earlier known as Loter,[29][31] where, especially in the Rhineland communities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz, the most important Jewish communities arose.[35] Rashi uses leshon Ashkenaz (Ashkenazi language) to describe German speech, and Byzantium and Syrian Jewish letters referred to the Crusaders as Ashkenazim.[31] Given the close links between the Jewish communities of France and Germany following the Carolingian unification, the term Ashkenazi came to refer to both the Jews of medieval Germany and France.[36]

Jews are believed to have settled in Prague as early as the 10th century. The 16th century was a golden age for Jewry in Prague. One of the famous Jewish scholars of the time was Judah Loew ben Bezalel known as the Maharal, who served as a leading rabbi in Prague for most of his life. He is buried at the Old Jewish Cemetery in Josefov, and his grave with its tombstone intact, can still be visited. It is said that the body of Golem (created by Maharal) lies in the attic of the Old New Synagogue where the genizah of Prague’s community is kept.[8] In 1708, Jews accounted for one-quarter of Prague’s population.[9]

The British Cabinet debated the issue the next day and subsequently prepared a Bill to present to Parliament. That bill stated that the Government would waive certain immigration requirements so as to allow the entry into Great Britain of unaccompanied children ranging from infants up to the age of 17, under conditions as outlined in the next paragraph. No limit upon the permitted number of refugees was ever publicly announced. Initially the Jewish refugee Agencies considered 5,000 as a realistic target goal. However, after the British Colonial Office turned down the Jewish Agencies’ separate request to allow the admission of 10,000 children to British-controlled Palestine, the Jewish Agencies then increased their planned target number to 15,000 unaccompanied children to enter Great Britain in this way.

The Kindertransport (German for children transport) is a rescue mission that took place during the nine months prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. The United Kingdom took in nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the Free City of Danzig. The children were placed in British foster homes, hostels, schools and farms. Often they were the only members of their families who survived the Holocaust.[1]

World Jewish Relief (then called The Central British Fund for German Jewry) was established in 1933 as a direct result and to support in whatever way possible the needs of Jews both in Germany and Austria. Records for many of the children who arrived in the UK through the Kindertransports are maintained by World Jewish Relief.

Knaanic (also called Canaanic, Leshon Knaan, Judaeo-Czech, or Judaeo-Slavic) is an extinct West Slavic Jewish language, formerly spoken in the lands of the Western Slavs, notably the Czech lands, but also the lands of modern Poland, Lusatia and other Sorbian regions. It became extinct in the Late Middle Ages.

PATRONYMICS (son of …)

In Yiddish or German, “son” would be denoted by “son” or “sohn” or “er.” In most Slavic languages, like Polish or Russian, it would be “wich” or “witz.”

For example: The son of Mendel took the last name Mendelsohn; the son of Abraham became Abramson or Avromovitch; the son of Menashe became Manishewitz; the son of Itzhak became Itskowitz; the son of Berl took the name Berliner; the son of Kesl took the name Kessler, etc.

Birth and early life[edit]

Rashi was an only child born at Troyes, Champagne, in northern France. His mother’s brother was Simon the Elder, Rabbi of Mainz.[11] Simon was a disciple of Rabbeinu Gershom Meor HaGolah,[12] who died that same year. On his father’s side, Rashi has been claimed to be a 33rd generation descendant of Yochanan Hasandlar[citation needed], who was a fourth-generation descendant of Gamaliel the Elder[citation needed], who was reputedly descended from the royal line of King David[citation needed]. In his voluminous writings, Rashi himself made no such claim at all. The main early rabbinical source about his ancestry, Responsum No. 29 by Solomon Luria, makes no such claim either.[13][14]


His fame later made him the subject of many legends. One tradition contends that his parents were childless for many years. Rashi’s father, Yitzhak, a poor winemaker, once found a precious jewel and was approached by non-Jews who wished to buy it to adorn their idol. Yitzhak agreed to travel with them to their land, but en route, he cast the gem into the sea. Afterwards he was visited by either the Voice of God or the prophet Elijah, who told him that he would be rewarded with the birth of a noble son “who would illuminate the world with his Torah knowledge.”[citation needed]

Legend also states that the couple moved to Worms, Germany while Rashi’s mother was expecting. As she walked down one of the narrow streets in the Jewish quarter, she was imperiled by two oncoming carriages. She turned and pressed herself against a wall, which opened to receive her. This miraculous niche is still visible in the wall of the Worms Synagogue.[15]

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1 Response to The Rose Man Rabbi

  1. Reblogged this on rosamondpress and commented:

    My ancestors came from Bohemia. ““My “adulterous affairs”. You led me to believe you were a free-loving Bohemian. Your comments are more typical of a Christian fundamentalist. — M. D. “Mark” Gall Professor Emeritus University of Oregon”

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