Both of Kafka’s parents hailed from the Czech countryside, being latter day participants in the huge migration of rural Jews to the capital in search of greater safety and a more promising existence following the abolition of all kinds of drastic restrictions. The Kafkas, who came from Southern Bohemia, were, apart from the odd exception, a family of outstanding vitality, physical fitness, entrepreneurial spirit and a yen for social advancement. The Löwys, on the other hand, who came from the eastern part of Central Bohemia, were – again apart from the odd exception – people of restraint, discretion, sensitivity and thoughtfulness. All those qualities were to emerge in the course of the years in the lives of members of both of those large families. They included both able businessmen and impractical introverts, scholars and adventurers, globetrotters and eccentric recluses. Franz Kafka felt himself to be more a descendant of his mother’s family, the Löwys. Unlike his father, who strove for family cohesion, Franz was very choosy about whom he associated with in the extended family. He had close ties with certain relatives, particularly on his mother’s side (his uncles Siegfried and Alfred), while others are not mentioned at all in his autobiographical texts.