Tag Archives: Kornmehl family

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

New York Report, Pt. 2: Family & Film, Pastry & Punctuation

New York Report, Pt. 2: Family & Film, Pastry & Punctuation

I admit it: It sometimes takes me a while to unpack from a trip. On my recent return to Tucson from New York, I didn’t need the winter clothes I’d brought with me (nyah nyah); only an underwear shortage inspired me to retrieve the contents of my suitcase. It sometimes takes me even longer toContinue Reading

Survival in Paradise: Southern France

Survival in Paradise: Southern France

Get a cup of coffee or tea and settle in. I’ve got a great read for you today, courtesy of one of my talented relatives. I introduced Manfred Wolf briefly last week when he added information about his uncle Paul to an earlier post about the far-flung Kornmehl family. Today the spotlight is entirely onContinue Reading

Of Photo Identification & British-to-American Translation

Of Photo Identification & British-to-American Translation

I often feel deficient in the genealogy department. When it comes to tracing documents, I have been spoiled by help from others, by getting gifts of fish, as the old saying goes, rather than fishing lessons. But I recently discovered that I’ve learned quite a bit about my mother’s family in the past year — whichContinue Reading

A Reboot, A Rabbi & A Reunion

…walk into a bar. Just kidding. But that title cried out for it. The Reboot I had a wake up call recently, thanks in part to a comment by guest poster and Viktor Frankl biographer Anna Redsand. Who are all these people you’re writing about? she asked. You need a scorecard — or at leastContinue Reading

Who Put the Heads on Pez? My Cousin Curt!

Who Put the Heads on Pez? My Cousin Curt!

One of my cousins is a pop culture icon. Or at least the source of one. Many members of the Kornmehl family have been successful. We’ve got doctors, lawyers, scientists, bankers, and writers in the clan, as well as a famous (on the East Coast) chocolatier.  But, as far as public recognition is concerned, noContinue Reading

A Kornmehl Reunion (Of Sorts)

A Kornmehl Reunion (Of Sorts)

The genealogical adventures of the far-flung Kornmehl family continue! This week turned out to be a guest post double header. Today’s contribution was written by a different Kornmehl family member, but it was also made possible by the organizational skills of Jill Leibman Kornmehl, who is as good at people gathering as she at documentContinue Reading

Is Julianna Margulies My Cousin?

Is Julianna Margulies My Cousin?

I’m not going to lie. After being away for a while, it’s been a little tough getting back into my family history. For one thing, all roads seem to lead to antisemitism, if not death. Then there’s the learning curve. It feels like a lifetime ago that I took February’s Family History Writing Challenge —Continue Reading

Coming Attractions!

Coming Attractions!

I’m back. Yes, I needed a break after the daily deadlines of February’s Family History Writing Challenge, but I miss the structure and accountability that the challenge provided.  I thought if I told you what’s upcoming on my blog I would be committed to write about those topics or, as you’ll see, shame others intoContinue Reading

Many Funerals and a Wedding: Kamilla Kornmehl

Many Funerals and a Wedding: Kamilla Kornmehl

Although genealogists are fond of cemeteries, boneyards are not the liveliest places to meet a family member for the first time. Yesterday I introduced Kamilla Bergmann Kornmehl, mother-to-be of Viktor Kornmehl, as the young (age 35) occupant of a plot where her in-laws were already resting. I’d like to go back in time today andContinue Reading