Chaim Jacob Wachtel

Brief Life History of Chaim Jacob

Chaim Jacob Wachtel was born on 6 May 1912, in Tarnów, Poland as the son of Ephraim Weissenberg and Rachel Wachtel. He immigrated to Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1963. He died on 31 January 1986, in Netanya, Central, Israel, at the age of 73.

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Chaim Jacob Wachtel
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  • Chaim Jacob Wachtel, “Brasil, Cartões de Imigração, 1900-1965”

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Poland becomes independent. Poland becomes independent as WWI comes to an end. The country was devastated by the war. Approximately one million Poles died. All Polish institutions had to be rebuilt as the country once again formed a nation. The official boundaries are not set until 1923.


The Treaty of Versailles gives Poland western Prussia, thus getting access to the Baltic Sea.


Nazi Germany invades Poland. Beginning of World War II as the United Kingdom declares war on Germany in response to the invasion. The Soviet Union invades from the east. Germany and the Soviet Union divide Poland between them and treat Polish citizens, particularly Jews, with extreme brutality.

Name Meaning

Some characteristic forenames: German Hans, Helmut, Kurt, Bernd, Dieter, Gerda, Klaus, Rosl, Siegmund. Jewish Emanuel, Shaul, Zev, Hyman, Isadore.

German: from Middle High German wahtel ‘quail’, a metonymic occupational name for a bird catcher, or a nickname for a person thought to resemble the bird.

Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name taken from German Wachtel or Yiddish vakhtl ‘quail’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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