Tag Archives: Tarnow Poland

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

Fish, Fungi & Funny Jewish Words: The Schmerling Name, Revisited

Fish, Fungi & Funny Jewish Words: The Schmerling Name, Revisited

I thought that my recent post about the origin of the Schmerling name had laid the topic to rest. After going through a series of logical steps, I was certain that the source of the name, handed down matrilinealy, was “loach fish,” chosen from a list provided by the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the Jews in 1787Continue Reading

An Inspiring Woman: Frances Kornmehl

An Inspiring Woman: Frances Kornmehl

I often wondered why Jill Leibman Kornmehl, a key contributor to this blog, got so involved with researching her husband’s family, the Kornmehls–rather than, say, her own family. Today I present the answer, in Jill’s words. It’s a story filled with miracles, large and small. An Inspiring Woman by Jill Leibman Kornmehl It was notContinue Reading