Tag Archives: Vienna

In Memory of a Twice-Lost Cousin, Gigi Michaels

In Memory of a Twice-Lost Cousin, Gigi Michaels

Once upon a time — a little more than a year ago — I believed I had far more friends than I had family members. My parents are both long gone, and I thought my sister and my nieces were my only blood relatives. No paternal or maternal cousins were on my radar. I regrettedContinue Reading

2013 Goals for Writing My Family History, Part 1

2013 Goals for Writing My Family History, Part 1

New Year’s resolutions can set you up to fail if they’re too numerous and too vague. I’ve learned to go for simple and specific. One year my only resolution was to floss every day. I could — and did — stick to that. This year, I’m working on a large, unwieldy project that doesn’t haveContinue Reading

Shtetl Snobbery: Unearthing My Jewish Roots, 1

Shtetl Snobbery: Unearthing My Jewish Roots, 1

Exactly one year ago, on December 27, 2011, I learned that the butcher shop of my great uncle Siegmund Kornmehl was now an art gallery in Vienna’s Freud Museum. This  discovery spurred me to look into the history of my mother’s family. It has been a year filled with surprises. The greatest one, unquestionably, wasContinue Reading

A Tale of Two Siggies

A Tale of Two Siggies

This much I know: For more than four decades, Sigmund Freud and my great uncle, Siegmund Kornmehl, rented space in the same building in Vienna, 19 Berggasse. Siegmund Kornmehl had a storefront butcher business, while Sigmund Freud lived and practiced psychoanalysis upstairs. Beyond that, things get fuzzier. Was Martha Freud Really Affronted? I haven’t yetContinue Reading