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Paul & Fritz Jarolim: Post-War Rift & Reconciliation

Paul & Fritz Jarolim: Post-War Rift & Reconciliation

Death and destruction take their toll on families in every war.  Less common to major conflicts, World War II also scattered Jewish families to the winds, robbing them of the comfort of a homeland to return to — at least not without mixed feelings.  This was one factor in the rift between my father andContinue Reading

The Sweet in the Bittersweet Schmerling Story

The Sweet in the Bittersweet Schmerling Story

This is Day 20 of the Family History Writing Challenge, wherein I continue the story of the Schmerlings, who returned to Vienna after the war. I realize I’ve spent more time with other members of my mother’s family than I’ve spent with Adolf and Bertha Schweizer, the ostensible subjects of this challenge, but a biggerContinue Reading