Tag Archives: Viktor Kornmehl

Foreshadowing — and Forelightening

Foreshadowing — and Forelightening

You’ve heard of foreshadowing. A character in a novel feels a cold chill or, in a film, ominous music plays while a man drives along in a car, a much-too-happy grin on his face (yes , I’m thinking of you Downton Abbey, Season 3, and damn you not only for killing off Matthew but forContinue Reading

Viktor Kornmehl Wishes Professor Freud A Happy Birthday

Viktor Kornmehl Wishes Professor Freud A Happy Birthday

May 6, 1931, was Sigmund Freud’s 75th birthday. He was hoping to avoid a fuss, especially since he had been in the hospital since late April, undergoing a painful operation on his jaw, and had only returned home to 19 Berggasse the previous day. Freud Feted No such luck. According to biographer Peter Gay (Freud:Continue Reading

Richard Tauber: “How Can I Be a Jew?”

Richard Tauber: “How Can I Be a Jew?”

A few days ago, I wrote about a June 24, 1932 antisemitic incident at the University of Vienna that Viktor Kornmehl tried to quell. Only a few months later, on October 26,1932, another incident brought Viktor back into the international Jewish press. According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA):  JEWISH PHYSICIAN SERIOUSLY INJURED; JEWISH STUDENTContinue 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

Viktor Kornmehl, Viktor Frankl & Sigmund Freud

Viktor Kornmehl, Viktor Frankl & Sigmund Freud

Today I’m turning Freud’s Butcher over to a guest blogger. You’ll soon see why. I was amazed at the serendipity when I realized I knew the author of a biography of the latest psychologist to turn up in the life of a Kornmehl family member. *** Guest post by Anna Redsand “The more exciting partContinue Reading

Family History Writing Challenge, Day 2: Why’d You Choose Those Relatives?

Family History Writing Challenge, Day 2: Why’d You Choose Those Relatives?

I explained on the first day of this challenge that I was going to look into the lives of Ezriel Kornmehl and Viktor Kornmehl. But neither Ezriel or Viktor is closely related to me — or to each other. Why chose them as my subjects? Because of Sigmund Freud. As I’ve often mentioned, my maternalContinue Reading