Tag Archives: Vienna

Of Genealogies and Possibilities: A New Year’s Musing

Of Genealogies and Possibilities: A New Year’s Musing

Happy 2015. It’s that time of year when all the possibilities seem to open up. January 1 is an arbitrary date, of course, but who doesn’t want to believe in fresh starts, in learning from our experiences, even if those experiences sometimes seem arbitrary too? I ended last year on a sad note, with the accidental death of aContinue Reading

Live from Vienna….It’s Saturday Night!

Live from Vienna….It’s Saturday Night!

I’ve been in Vienna three days now…wait, make that four. As you may have suspected, none of the dire things I was worried about came to pass. I got an aisle seat on my overnight flight. I couldn’t sleep anyway, but not because I was worried about climbing over someone to go to the bathroom.Continue Reading

Inspiring My Vienna Visit: A Talk About Freud & Oscar Nemon

Inspiring My Vienna Visit: A Talk About Freud & Oscar Nemon

Several people have asked: What finally spurred you to visit Vienna this  June? Good question. I’ve been wanting to go for more than 2½ years, ever since I found out about the connection between my great uncle, Siegmund Kornmehl, and Vienna’s Sigmund Freud Museum, but had been dragging my heels. Money, ambivalence, pet care…I always had an excuse not to go. With the needContinue Reading

Return to Vienna: Must the Past Be Prologue?

Return to Vienna: Must the Past Be Prologue?

I’m going to Vienna in June. After writing about the city of my parents’ birth for the past two years, I’m finally taking the plunge. I’m looking forward to the trip. I’m also dreading it. I was there only once before, in the early 1970s, at the request of my parents. While I was planning a trip to Europe with a college friend,Continue Reading

New York Report, Part 1: Vienna-on-the-Hudson

New York Report, Part 1: Vienna-on-the-Hudson

Ah, New York. I don’t miss winter since I moved to Tucson from Manhattan more than two decades ago — before I could be mistaken for a snow bird — but I miss New Yorkers’ unabashed grumpiness about the season. If you’re going to experience frigid weather, as I did  last week, you can’t beatContinue Reading

In Stiches: My Family’s Sewing Tradition

I talk a lot about food on this blog — and everywhere else, for that matter. As a dining writer, I’ve followed in the footsteps of the  grain traders, butchers, cafe owners, chocolatiers and other food-related business folks in my mother’s family… in my fashion. And fashion is what I want to discuss now. IContinue 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

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

A Tree Grows in Israel, Evoking Brooklyn Memories

A Tree Grows in Israel, Evoking Brooklyn Memories

Yesterday, I wrote about the memorial tree planted for Kamilla, the mother of Viktor and Bertschi Kornmehl, tracing it to a project designed to pay tribute to the memory of  Rabbi Zvi Perez Chajes. I wondered what happened to the Chajes Forest and Kamilla’s tree and set out to find them. I didn’t succeed, butContinue Reading

Trees, Virtual and Real

Trees, Virtual and Real

I can barely focus today. There’s a very good chance that both the son and grandson of Ezriel Kornmehl, the first subject of this family history writing challenge, have been located. If the information turns out to be correct, Ezriel’s son just celebrated his 90th birthday in Chicago, while his grandson is living and workingContinue Reading