Tag Archives: Sigmund Freud

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

19 Berggasse: A Twice-Famed Address

19 Berggasse: A Twice-Famed Address

I’ve mentioned many times that this blog is a cousin magnet. I don’t even have to try to attract relatives; they just gravitate towards the Kornmehl name. This is a wonderful thing, especially when I’ve been too busy to blog and I can entice one of the  cousins to write a guest post. A briefContinue Reading

Dr. Kornmehl, Prof. Freud & Jewish Activism

Dr. Kornmehl, Prof. Freud & Jewish Activism

It’s been interesting to speculate about Viktor Kornmehl and his brushes with the other, more famous doctors of Vienna. As Anna Redsand wrote in her wonderful guest post, there’s a very strong likelihood that he was acquainted with Viktor Frankl in high school: It was a small institution and they were there at the sameContinue Reading

Viktor Kornmehl, Viktor Frankl & Sigmund Freud

Viktor Kornmehl, Viktor Frankl & Sigmund Freud

Today I’m turning Freud’s Butcher over to a guest blogger. You’ll soon see why. I was amazed at the serendipity when I realized I knew the author of a biography of the latest psychologist to turn up in the life of a Kornmehl family member. *** Guest post by Anna Redsand “The more exciting partContinue Reading

Family History Writing Challenge, Day 2: Why’d You Choose Those Relatives?

Family History Writing Challenge, Day 2: Why’d You Choose Those Relatives?

I explained on the first day of this challenge that I was going to look into the lives of Ezriel Kornmehl and Viktor Kornmehl. But neither Ezriel or Viktor is closely related to me — or to each other. Why chose them as my subjects? Because of Sigmund Freud. As I’ve often mentioned, my maternalContinue Reading

The Doktors Kornmehl & Professor Freud

The Doktors Kornmehl & Professor Freud

One of the few stories my mother told about her life in Vienna was that her cousin Stella had been sent to see Sigmund Freud in the hope that her limp, resistant to traditional treatments or diagnoses, would prove to be psychosomatic (it didn’t). The more I read about Freud, the more I think heContinue Reading

The Butcher Shop in Freud’s Building: Kosher or Not?

The Butcher Shop in Freud’s Building: Kosher or Not?

My inspiration for starting this blog was the discovery that my great uncle’s butcher shop occupied a storefront in 19 Berggasse, the same building where Sigmund Freud lived and practiced.  According to my mother, Freud’s wife had bought kosher meat from one of my great uncles. I never knew which one, however, until I sawContinue Reading

Did Freud Eat Kosher?

Did Freud Eat Kosher?

My mother didn’t talk much about her early life in Vienna, but one of the things she told me was that Sigmund Freud’s wife used to buy kosher meat from one of her uncles. I recently learned the identity of this uncle: It was Siegmund Kornmehl, who had a kosher butcher shop on the groundContinue Reading