Tag Archives: Tarnow

The Kornmehl-Schmerling Connection, Past & Present

The Kornmehl-Schmerling Connection, Past & Present

I have a tendency to be a bit long winded. I can’t quite make this a Wordless Wednesday — or even an (Almost) Wordless Wednesday — but I’m going to try to keep my foray into the past and present of the Kornmehl and Schmerling families as brief as possible. Kornmehls and Schmerlings, Past IContinue Reading

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

Geography Lessons: Wandering Jews

Geography Lessons: Wandering Jews

Did you know that, for a significant period of time (1795-1919), the country we now know as Poland ceased to exist, that it was divided up between Prussia, Russia, and Austria-Hungary? And did you know that, before 1795,  approximately half the world’s population of Jews lived in the region that was thus divided up, someContinue Reading

Family History Writing Challenge, Day 8: When Ezriel Met Ernestyna

Family History Writing Challenge, Day 8: When Ezriel Met Ernestyna

It turns out Ezriel Kornmehl married well. Mazel tov. His wife, the former Ernestyna Karp, didn’t do too badly either. The History of the Jews of Jaslo says of the couple: [Ezriel] was the son in law of Mordechai Karp and a doctor. He was the only Jewish doctor to work for the general governmentalContinue Reading