The Milontaler and Gorfinkle Families

Louis Millionthaler was a well-known scholar and author of the book, Jesus and Rabbi Fletcher. He was born in Suwalki, Russia, in 1837. In 1870, Louis immigrated to Boston, settling in the North End, where he worked as a teacher and peddler. Eventually he earned enough money to bring his wife, Pesha  and their three daughters to the United States.

His son Moses later changed his last name to Maurice Milontaler. Maurice married Francis Levine and they had two children, Harold and Louise. Although little is known about the Milontalers, they owned their own business in the Grove Hall section of Roxbury. After retiring, Maurice wrote an unpublished memoir entitled, “The North End of Boston: The Goldener Years.”

In addition to his son, Moses (Maurice), Louis Millionthaller had a daughter, Sarah, who married Harris Gorfinkle. Their son, Bernard, fought in World War I and was aide to President Wilson at the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. During World War II, Bernard’s son Herbert served with General Eisenhower and was present at the liberation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp.

Herbert Gorfinkle in uniform with his mother, Frieda, and sisters Ruth and Sara (in front.) Circa 1942-1943. From the Papers of Herbert Gorfinkle, American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives.


Unknown family members of Herbert Gorfinkle. From the Papers of Herbert Gorfinkle, American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives.

Arthur Harris, nephew of Bernard Gorfinkle. From the Papers of Herbert Gorfinkle, American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives.


Unknown family member of Herbert Gorfinkle. From the Papers of Herbert Gorfinkle, American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives.


Unknown family members of Herbert Gorfinkle. From the Papers of Herbert Gorfinkle, American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives.


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