Author Archives: Edie Jarolim

Bertha Kornmehl Gets Married, Part 2

Bertha Kornmehl Gets Married, Part 2

This is Day 7 of the Family History Writing Challenge. One week down, three to go, lord help me.  As I continue my search for information on my great aunt and uncle, Bertha and Adolf Schweitzer, here’s a wrap up of what I’ve discovered so far. Marriage No. 1 Bertha Kornmehl became Bertha Singer on MarchContinue Reading

Samuel Singer’s Military Service

Samuel Singer’s Military Service

This is Day 6 in the Family History Writing Challenge. I tend to be irreverent in my family history discussions — both because I tend to be irreverent about everything and if I didn’t laugh about certain topics, I would cry. This last was the case with the discussion of Samuel Singer’s military service (orContinue Reading

Bertha Kornmehl Gets Married, Part 1

Bertha Kornmehl Gets Married, Part 1

This is Day Five of the Family History Writing Challenge, 2018. I mentioned in my first post of this challenge that I found a clue associated with trying to learn about Bertha Kornmehl and Adolf Schweizer: A listing for my great aunt in Geni.com that showed her with a hyphenated name, Bertha Singer-Schweizer. That puzzleContinue Reading

A Great Family Research Tool for Viennese Jews: The IKG Archive

A Great Family Research Tool for Viennese Jews: The IKG Archive

This is Day 4 of the Family History Writing Challenge, 2018 While spending time behind the scenes trying to interpret the documents about Adolf and Bertha Schweitzer that I recently received, I’d like celebrate the remarkable source of those documents: the archive of the Israelitischen Kultusgemeinde (IKG) Wien. Getting Excited Over Old Documents I workedContinue Reading

Poland’s New “Don’t Blame Us for the Holocaust” Law

Poland’s New “Don’t Blame Us for the Holocaust” Law

This is Day Three of the 2018 Family History Writing Challenge. I have said from the onset that this blog is intended to focus on how members of my family lived in Vienna, not on how they died. But for a long time, all I knew about my great aunt and uncle Bertha and Adolph SchweizerContinue Reading

When Genealogical Search Leads You Back to…Your Blog

When Genealogical Search Leads You Back to…Your Blog

This is Day 2 of the Family History Writing Challenge, 2018. As I noted in my last post, I have been out of the genealogy blogging game for a while. As a result, I’m not as tuned in to family history resources as I might be. Then again, I didn’t rely on traditional sites likeContinue Reading

It’s the Quinquennial Family History Writing Challenge!

It’s the Quinquennial Family History Writing Challenge!

Like many writers, I thrive on deadlines. That’s not to say I don’t rail against them and say many bad words when they close in, but without a strict time frame I tend to dither my time away. When I am paid to write, the incentive for meeting my deadlines is clear. When I amContinue Reading

America’s Pioneer Jewish Congregations (Including One in Tucson)

America’s Pioneer Jewish Congregations (Including One in Tucson)

No question, social media can be a time sink, but sometimes you meet really interesting people on line. Today’s guest poster, Julian Preisler, falls into this category. Because the subjects he’s writing about are of great interest to me — as I think they will be to you — I’m turning my blog over toContinue Reading

A Grave Concern: Help Restore the Tarnow Jewish Cemetery

A Grave Concern: Help Restore the Tarnow Jewish Cemetery

Fanning out. Contracting back. In my last post, I explored the story of a family member who fled halfway across the world from Vienna to escape Hitler–only to have to escape another dangerous dictator in his adopted home. Here I look back to my ancestral roots in a town I’d never heard of until IContinue Reading

A Tale of Three Dictators: The Farber Family, Revisited

A Tale of Three Dictators: The Farber Family, Revisited

Since I first started exploring the roots of my mother’s family here, lo these many years ago, my sense of who I am and where I came from has shifted.  So too has my view of the Jewish diaspora. Forced from Europe by the Nazis, members of the Kornmehl family fled to Curaçao, Singapore, Australia,Continue Reading