Tag Archives: Vienna

Return to Vienna: Must the Past Be Prologue?

Return to Vienna: Must the Past Be Prologue?

I’m going to Vienna in June. After writing about the city of my parents’ birth for the past two years, I’m finally taking the plunge. I’m looking forward to the trip. I’m also dreading it. I was there only once before, in the early 1970s, at the request of my parents. While I was planning a trip to Europe with a college friend,Continue Reading

New York Report, Part 1: Vienna-on-the-Hudson

New York Report, Part 1: Vienna-on-the-Hudson

Ah, New York. I don’t miss winter since I moved to Tucson from Manhattan more than two decades ago — before I could be mistaken for a snow bird — but I miss New Yorkers’ unabashed grumpiness about the season. If you’re going to experience frigid weather, as I did  last week, you can’t beatContinue Reading

In Stiches: My Family’s Sewing Tradition

I talk a lot about food on this blog — and everywhere else, for that matter. As a dining writer, I’ve followed in the footsteps of the  grain traders, butchers, cafe owners, chocolatiers and other food-related business folks in my mother’s family… in my fashion. And fashion is what I want to discuss now. IContinue Reading

Who Put the Heads on Pez? My Cousin Curt!

Who Put the Heads on Pez? My Cousin Curt!

One of my cousins is a pop culture icon. Or at least the source of one. Many members of the Kornmehl family have been successful. We’ve got doctors, lawyers, scientists, bankers, and writers in the clan, as well as a famous (on the East Coast) chocolatier.  But, as far as public recognition is concerned, noContinue Reading

Dr. Kornmehl, Prof. Freud & Jewish Activism

Dr. Kornmehl, Prof. Freud & Jewish Activism

It’s been interesting to speculate about Viktor Kornmehl and his brushes with the other, more famous doctors of Vienna. As Anna Redsand wrote in her wonderful guest post, there’s a very strong likelihood that he was acquainted with Viktor Frankl in high school: It was a small institution and they were there at the sameContinue Reading

A Tree Grows in Israel, Evoking Brooklyn Memories

A Tree Grows in Israel, Evoking Brooklyn Memories

Yesterday, I wrote about the memorial tree planted for Kamilla, the mother of Viktor and Bertschi Kornmehl, tracing it to a project designed to pay tribute to the memory of  Rabbi Zvi Perez Chajes. I wondered what happened to the Chajes Forest and Kamilla’s tree and set out to find them. I didn’t succeed, butContinue Reading

Trees, Virtual and Real

Trees, Virtual and Real

I can barely focus today. There’s a very good chance that both the son and grandson of Ezriel Kornmehl, the first subject of this family history writing challenge, have been located. If the information turns out to be correct, Ezriel’s son just celebrated his 90th birthday in Chicago, while his grandson is living and workingContinue 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

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