Preface Introduction - A Mirror of the Past Part 1. Genealogical threads 1 Carolingian connections in the 8th Century - Kalonymos of Narbonne 2 In the Spanish March and Provence from the 10th Century - Benveniste and Shem Tov Halevi3 From Portugal to the Ottoman Empire in the 16th Century - Joseph Nasi, Duke of Naxos4 From Provence to Venice and beyond - Eliyahu Menachem Chalfan Part 2. 16th - 17th centuries 5. Bohemia, England, and America - David and Chaim Gans of Prague6. Golden age for the Jews of Prague - Judah Loew and contemporary Rabbis7. From Padua and Venice to Poland and Lithuania - Life and times of Saul Wahl8. A Polish Affair - Sigismund III Vasa and Hannele Wahl Part 3. 18th Century and later9. Capitalists and Rabbis - Galician social and economic background 10. Jewish Community Life in Brody - "The Jerusalem of Austria"11. From the Baltic to the Black Sea - Jewish migrations in eastern Europe12. Shmuel Hillman of Metz - Connections of an influential 18th C Rabbi13 Frankists - A heretical Jewish sect in eastern Europe 14. Chasidism in the Age of Enlightenment - Rational and mystical strands in 18th Century JewryPart 4. Various roads to modern times15. Mendelssohn, Marx, Buber and other descendants of Saul Wahl16. Chayes: Prague, Brody, Livorno, and Vienna - Pan-European connections from the 15th to the 20th Centuries 17. They met in Trieste - Christians and Jews in an ethnic melting-pot 18. Rabbis and Lawyers - A shared ethosPart 5. A brief look back to our legendary past19. Davidic DescentAppendices Onomastics and genetic genealogy20. Family names 21. A Study in Genetic Genealogy22. The Wahls of Tarnobrzeg - Genealogical links and DNA tests23. X-DNA matches and European roots24. Genetic admixture of Ashkenazi Jews - Relating to millennial migrations EpilogueGlossary
Edward Gelles is an independent historian and genealogist. Born into a distinguished Jewish family, he came to England in 1938 after the Anschluss and studied at Balliol College, Oxford. He pursued a career in chemistry, returning to the study of history and genealogy after his retirement.