A Kosher Meat Monopoly

I come from a long line of butchers, and not just Siegmund Kornmehl, the great uncle whose shop Sigmund Freud’s wife patronized. My mother used to talk about her butcher uncles, plural, and now I know for a fact that Rudolf and Martin Kornmehl practiced the trade along with their brother Siegmund; Martin’s sons GeorgeContinue Reading

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  1. A lot to think about. I’m getting hungry already. Glad your comment section is restored. Now can we have a place on the front page to subscribe to the posts?

    • Edie Jarolim says:

      I admit I’ve been craving hamburgers a lot since I started writing this blog. As for the subscriptions — how about all the buttons under “Connect” in the right and the “subscribe by email” option? Or do you mean individual posts?

  2. […] forced closure of the Vienna meat markets of the Kornmehl family by the Nazis marked the end of an era for the Kornmehl butchers. But not for long.  Twenty years […]

  3. […] Meat Musings: Why Foie Gras Bans Are FoolishPosted on September 9, 2012 by Edie Jarolim It’s a good thing I’m not a vegetarian. […]

  4. […] All three males of the eight Kornmehl siblings were butchers. What were the occupations of the five brothers-in-law who were not in the meat trade? How would […]

  5. […] Butcher Power! The Vienna Meat CliquePosted on October 8, 2012 by Edie Jarolim I’ve been trying to imagine what the life of a butcher was like in Vienna in the late 1800s and early 1900s, when my mother’s uncles, the Kornmehl brothers, were in the meat business. […]

  6. […] 3. Wie war es, als koscherer Metzger um die Jahrhundertwende in Wien zu leben (Fleisch) […]

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