"In Search for the Fantes Family"
A trip of discovery
A journey to the past
A link to the future
was a trip of discoveries, our itinerary was:
personalities in our trip:
Achab Haidler: Unique, generous and special individual. Actor and
director in a Prague theater. His passion is working in Jewish Cemeteries of
Bohemia and reporting, completing lists, translating the gravestones from
Hebrew. Cleaning, fixing, uncovering the tombstones and researching their
secrets hidden by the workings of time or anything else. He does that on his
free time!: weekends, vacations. He sleeps and camp outdoors while working. He
appears oblivious to weather, seasons, and temperature. His Dog accompanies him.
He should be doing this job full time. I think that it is his calling. I do hope
he gets the financial support to do that one day. His list of the Cemetery of
Ckyne allowed me to know that there were Fantes from the area, and allowed me to
get in touch with a new wise and generous cousin: Alexander Woodle, whose help
has been invaluable. He had done lot of research for his family including the
Chubbie: Achab’s Dog. A well-behaved energetic and playful African Dog.
Julius Mueller: A PhD in Biochemistry and a genealogist.
A clever man and a good person without a doubt. He is a master in
researching Czech Archives and has an incredible insight in where to look for
missing links. He had provided a great deal of the information about the
Fantes(es). For instance: uncovering the connections of Ignaz, Joseph, Jakob,
Josefine Dubsky and their connections to Ckyne, Straz, Jindrchuv Hradec. Also
found out the trades of some of those Fantes.
Josef Lavicka: Matrikar of the city of the City of Ckyne. A generous
Czech who goes out of his way to help
Jindra Bromova: Coordinating a Project of recovery of Ckyne’s Synagogue
that has the ultimate goal of transforming it in the Jewish Museum of the Town.
Probably, the museum will be the best witness for the Jewish families who
helped to build the Synagogue.
search for the best offer to fly to Prague, we found a flight of Air France:
Miami-Paris-Prague arriving in Prague at 5 p.m. We arrived in Prague in a foggy,
cold, dark and rainy afternoon. By the time we left the airport it was really
dark and foggy. These made the driving a bit dangerous under very difficult
visibility conditions. We safely found the Hotel in Prague that we were going to
spend the night. What a blessing is a comfortable bed when you are tired!.
FANTES, son of
FANTES, salesman of Marien Bad (Marianske
and Josephina FANTES nee DUBSKY of Platz am den
was born in Marien Bad in April 22, 1889. As
in the book of birth records 1870-1895, HBMa
Friedrich had brothers Oskar b. Dec. 2, 1880,
b. Nov. 18, 1884, Max b. June 26, 1887, Artur b.
4, 1891 and Joseph b. Feb. 27, 1894. Ignatz also
sisters Berta b. April 3, 1879 and Hermine b. Dec.
a good breakfast, we were eager to go to Marienbad. We looked at the map and
found that the fastest route was through Plsen. We had no problems with that,
because we were familiar with Hanna connection to Plsen, therefore we did not
mind getting lost there for a while.
said goodbye and left for some extra work in a nearby cemetery in which some
voluntaries were waiting for him. We were to find him in two days in the Ckyne
cemetery. He was taking a day of vacation from his regular work to drive with us
by different towns of South Bohemia.