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The Harmonie Vienna: Seven Reasons It’s My Dream Hotel

The Harmonie Vienna: Seven Reasons It’s My Dream Hotel

I just got word of where I’ll be bunking during my upcoming trip to Austria, thanks to the Vienna Tourist Board: The Harmonie Vienna. As a travel writer, I’ve been fortunate enough to stay in some of the world’s top hotels and resorts. But I can’t recall a place that was a better fit for me, personally, since…well,Continue Reading

Richard Tauber: “How Can I Be a Jew?”

Richard Tauber: “How Can I Be a Jew?”

A few days ago, I wrote about a June 24, 1932 antisemitic incident at the University of Vienna that Viktor Kornmehl tried to quell. Only a few months later, on October 26,1932, another incident brought Viktor back into the international Jewish press. According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA):  JEWISH PHYSICIAN SERIOUSLY INJURED; JEWISH STUDENTContinue Reading

Viktor Kornmehl & Sigmund Freud’s High School

Viktor Kornmehl & Sigmund Freud’s High School

I’ve been circling around Viktor Kornmehl, the intended subject of this second part of this family history writing challenge, for a while now. I first looked at his mother, Kamilla, who was buried in a group crypt, married in a synagogue that was later destroyed, and misidentified in a picture; and then at his brother,Continue 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

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