These family albums currently focus on family members with a strong Vienna connection: My mother’s eight aunts and uncles (whether by marriage or birth) and their children. The Schmerling family was the closest to my mother — see the picture of my mother as a little girl with her cousin Stella Schmerling and Stella’s dog — and they’ve generously provided a great many photos, much to the benefit of this album.
Ernestine Kornmehl Rosenbaum Family
The only photos I have of my mother and her parents in the early years in Vienna, these not only give a glimpse of a way of life, but tell a bit of a story, though they pose more questions than they answer. It’s clear, for example, that my grandfather, Hermann Rosenbaum, served in World War I and that he sent his brother-in-law, Siegmund Kornmehl (Freud’s butcher), a postcard of himself while he was away. But I wonder: Did Siegmund give the postcard to my grandmother, Ernestine Kornmehl Rosenbaum, as soon as he received it — he was eight years older than my grandfather, which would explain why he stayed behind in Vienna rather than going to war — or did he give it to my mother later on, as a keepsake when she was leaving for America?
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David and Mitzi Kornmehl Family
The only family that I heard about when I was growing up was the Schmerling family. My mother used to talk about her aunt Mitzi and her first cousins Stella, Mimi (Hermine or Herma) and Ditte (Edith). I met all four of them, Mitzi and Stella in Vienna, where they returned after the war, and Mimi and Ditte in London.
Heinrich and Lilly Schmerling Family
My great uncle David Schmerling’s brother, Heinrich, looked quite a bit like him, causing some confusion, but these pictures, provided by Heinrich’s family members, prove they got sorted out.
Kornmehl-Schmerling Family Butcher Shops
There’s a reason that this blog is called Freud’s Butcher. Here are a few of the pictures of the businesses in Freud’s time — as well as of later businesses that continued the tradition.