Author Archives: Edie Jarolim

My Father’s Story: Remembering Paul Jarolim

My Father’s Story: Remembering Paul Jarolim

It’s the 23rd day of the Family History Writing Challenge and I see no reason to leave my father out; after all, he’s 50% responsible for my genes and 100% responsible for my name. His sister, my aunt Edith Jarolim, was my namesake. More relevant to this challenge: He had almost literally the same historyContinue Reading

Commemorating Rita Rosenbaum

Commemorating Rita Rosenbaum

George Washington would have been 286 years old today. My mother would have been 105. The robbing of George (and, to be fair, Abe) of his own holiday in the face of the national commerce fest called President’s Day happened in 1971 but for the rest of her life, my mother was annoyed that herContinue Reading

The Sweet in the Bittersweet Schmerling Story

The Sweet in the Bittersweet Schmerling Story

This is Day 20 of the Family History Writing Challenge, wherein I continue the story of the Schmerlings, who returned to Vienna after the war. I realize I’ve spent more time with other members of my mother’s family than I’ve spent with Adolf and Bertha Schweizer, the ostensible subjects of this challenge, but a biggerContinue Reading

From Vienna to Tel Aviv and Back: Reparations Gone Awry

From Vienna to Tel Aviv and Back: Reparations Gone Awry

This is Day 19 of The Family History Writing Challenge. I’ll pick up where Day 18 left off, with Helene and Siegmund Kornmehl fleeing Vienna to Palestine. The context: I was describing the mystery of the late-life adoption of Erika by the subject of this challenge, Adolf and Bertha Schweizer, and went off on theContinue Reading

Adoption Musings, Part 2: What Happened to Helene Kornmehl?

Adoption Musings, Part 2: What Happened to Helene Kornmehl?

On Days 18 of the Family History Writing Challenge, I turn again to a topic that I’ve touched on before: Nazi record keeping. In “Emigration Questionnaire Raises More Questions,” I discussed the agency created to “accelerate the forced emigration of the Austrian Jews and (starting in October 1939) to organize and carry out their deportation.” But it wasn’tContinue Reading

Late Life Adoptions, Part 1

Late Life Adoptions, Part 1

This is Day 17 of the Family History Writing Challenge, the first of two about family adoptions.   The second story is odd on the surface — two adults adopting another adult who already has living parents –but I have a great deal of detail about it; that’s for tomorrow. This first is more traditional, butContinue Reading

A Meaty Heritage

A Meaty Heritage

It’s day 16 of the Family History Writing Challenge and I’m feeling grateful that I’m not a vegetarian. It’s bad enough to have to face the dire fates of various family members while exploring the past; I’m not sure I could cope with feeling guilty about the fact that they were butchers. My ambivalence –nay,Continue Reading

The Gift of Gab

The Gift of Gab

This is day 15 of the Family History Writing Challenge — the one where I do a little backtracking, a lot of mea culping, and some not-so-gentle admonishing. The Family Picture  Once upon a time, a mysterious picture hung in my mother’s apartment in Atlanta.  The people pictured in it, those featured at the topContinue Reading

Family History Writing Challenge: Ponderings at the Halfway Mark

Family History Writing Challenge: Ponderings at the Halfway Mark

Today is Day 14 of the Family History Writing Challenge, 2018 — which means tomorrow I’ll be in the home stretch. Yesterday I hit a brick wall in my research, so today I thought I’d take a breather and consider the process. As I said at the start, I took the challenge  because I needContinue Reading

Struggling with Sponsorship: Who’s That Nephew?

Struggling with Sponsorship: Who’s That Nephew?

This is day 13 of the Family History Writing Challenge and I’ve hit a brick wall — to use a common genealogical term for encountering seemingly insurmountable problems that make you want to bang your head against one (this last is just my interpretation). I’m still poring over the emigration questionnaire of Adolf Schweizer: Emigration documentContinue Reading