I am truly saddened to hear of Celia Male's passing. It has been about
three years since I discovered on-line, the wonderful Sephardic
tombstones she had posted of the Vienna Zentralfriedhof.
It opened a new world of discovery for me in that Sephardic tombstones
had "different things" compared to the Ashkenazic ones. I tried
unsuccessfully to contact her then to ask permission to use some of
her photos in some future conference presentation or a paper. That
is, I sent her two e-mails a month apart, with no response.
In July 2014, I finally contacted Jeff Malka, who has done amazing
work in compiling Sephardic resources into one website. I asked him
about Sephardic cemeteries and tombstones, and told him about the ones
I had seen in the Vienna Zentralfriedhof, and again my inability to
contact Celia Male. He responded that she had had a stroke some 7
years ago. So at least I then understood why I had no response. I
added, "If she is unable to personally grant me permission, I hope it
will be OK to use them but to acknowledge they were hers."
In any case, >from her pages of photography, I then reached out and
contacted others, including the late Mathilde Tagger. I researched
more Sephardic tombstones in other communities and that led to my
first presentation on the differences between Ashkenazi and Sephardi
tombstones at IAJGS 2015 in Jerusalem. Since I was never able to get
Celia Male's permission, Traude Triebel was most generous and
accommodating in re-photographing the examples I wanted to use.
However, in my presentation, I included a slide with Celia Male
standing next to one of the stones, and credited her for being the
first to enlighten me about Sephardic tombstones. I will continue to
use such a slide, but will now have to edit it for her demise.
She may never have known of the indirect influence she had upon me and
subsequently the people who attended my presentations.
May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and may
her memory be for a blessing.
Beverly Hills, CA
Researching: GOLDMAN, STEINER, LANGER, GLUECKSMAN, STOTTER in various
parts of Galicia, Poland: Nowy Targ, Nowy Sanz, Wachsmund, Dembno,
Lapuszna, Krakow, who migrated into Kezmarok or nearby towns in
northern Slovakia and Czech Republic (i.e., those who lived/had
businesses in Moravska Ostrava).
GOLDSTEIN in Abaujszina (Sena or Szina), Szkaros and Kosice, Slovakia;
Tolcsva and Tokaj, Hungary