Tag Archives: Galicia

Tarnow Calling

Tarnow Calling

I’ve gotten used to people contacting me through this blog because they’ve come across the Kornmehl name on it. Now, for the first time, Freud’s Butcher has grabbed the attention of an entire city: Tarnow, Poland. Or at least the attention of Jerry Bergman, the Vice-Chairman of the Committee for the Protection of Monuments ofContinue Reading

Holy Rollers vs Persnickity Parsers: Unearthing My Jewish Roots, 2

Holy Rollers vs Persnickity Parsers: Unearthing My Jewish Roots, 2

Earlier this week, I discussed my surprise in learning that my mother’s family home, the town of Tarnow, was defined as a shtetl on a Jewish genealogy site. I hadn’t previously traced my ancestry beyond sophisticated Vienna, and the notion that my origins were Yiddish-speaking and roof-fiddling took some mental adjustment. I next decided toContinue Reading