Tag Archives: Austrian history

My Father’s Great Escape: A Few Answers, Far More Questions

My Father’s Great Escape: A Few Answers, Far More Questions

When I talk about my parents’ forced departure from Vienna, I generally focus on the tragic outcome: the death of almost all their immediate family members, except for my father’s brother, Fritz. On this Father’s Day, I’d like to focus on the bravery — combined with what must have been ingenuity and a bit ofContinue Reading

Survival in Vienna: My Badass Cousin Bruno

Survival in Vienna: My Badass Cousin Bruno

Here’s another long-time-coming post from my blog archive, this one dating back to July when my cousin Andreas Oberndorfer first discovered this blog and contacted me. I wrote about Andreas’s fascinating past, the missing links in his family — and mine — in the post Redheads, Resisters, & Red Light Districts, 1: Valerie Oberndorfer-Kornmehl.  IContinue Reading

19 Berggasse: A Twice-Famed Address

19 Berggasse: A Twice-Famed Address

I’ve mentioned many times that this blog is a cousin magnet. I don’t even have to try to attract relatives; they just gravitate towards the Kornmehl name. This is a wonderful thing, especially when I’ve been too busy to blog and I can entice one of the  cousins to write a guest post. A briefContinue Reading