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Sachs and Herzel Family Papers

Identifier: P-622

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains biographical information about George and Fanny Herzel, including vital and high school records, and a naturalization certificate for George Herzel. A family tree of the Sachs family is also included. The Sachs family is related to the Herzels, but it is unclear based on the information presented in the materials.


  • 1910-1990


Language of Materials

This collection is in English.

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Biographical Note

Suzanne Shapiro is the daughter of George Herzel, and this collection contains genealogical information and documents pertaining to his family.

George Nathan Herzel was born Gershon Nissan Sachs on July 4, 1878 in Zuddick, Latvia, which was in the County of Telz in the Kovno Province. A teacher of Hebrew and Judaic studies in Boston, he also taught in Denver from 1928 to 1946. A prolific writer of many unpublished manuscripts, he also wrote two guidebooks for his students, called The Hebrew Day and The Hebrew Year. Many of his writings are in Hebrew and Yiddish, and in 1942 he wrote an autobiography in Yiddish, which is in the archives of the YIVO Institute in New York.

Herzel came to America after escaping service in the Russian Army in 1904. En route to Boston, he changed his name to Herzel in honor of Thedore Herzl. Once in Boston, he earned his high school diploma from English High School in 1909 and married Fanny Krinsky on December 30, 1910. Fanny Krinsky was born on December 3, 1881 in Zhaludak, Poland and immigrated to New York City on June 26, 1906. She later moved to Boston and graduated from Central Evening High School in 1910. George and Fanny had four children, Abraham (b. October 21, 1911), Hilda (b. December 6, 1917), Hannah (b. June 30, 1913, d. January 2, 1918) and Suzanne (b. February 15, 1919). Naturalized on February 28, 1910, he moved to Boston in 1927. Herzl died on December 2, 1946.


0.25 linear feet (1 half-manuscript box)


Contains the genealogical research of Suzanne Shapiro regarding the Sachs and Herzel families. The collection includes biographical information, a family tree, and a naturalization certificate for George Herzel.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Suzanne Shapiro, March 1990.

Processing Information

Reprocessed by Stephanie Call, 2009
Guide to the Sachs and Herzel Family Papers, P-622
Reprocessed by Stephanie Call
Language of description
Script of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society Repository

99-101 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116 United States