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Rudolph Kornmehl: 3 Butcher Shops & the End of a Jewish Era in Vienna

Rudolph Kornmehl: 3 Butcher Shops & the End of a Jewish Era in Vienna

I named my blog for Siegmund Kornmehl because he had the luck to open one of his three butcher shops in the same building where Sigmund Freud lived and practiced, but I actually know a bit more about Siegmund’s brother Rudolph. Like Siegmund, he owned and operated three butcher shops in Vienna. There were otherContinue Reading

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

Genealogy: I See Live People

Genealogy: I See Live People

I’m new to genealogy. I’d always thought it was a discipline that dealt strictly with dead people, with the goal of bringing them back to life. I knew that my particular quest, exploring the lives of the members of a Jewish family in pre-World World II Vienna, would be filled with emotional land mines: theContinue Reading