Re: HAM(M)ERSCHLAG Family of Bohemia #austria-czech

Ron Herrmann <ron_herrmann@...>


There's no mistake on my side and I guess we found a
connection between my family and the people listed in
Celia's e-mail.

The confusion is caused by the fact Klara´s birth
last-name was HAMMERSCHLAG but she was widow (after
POLATCHEK). This fact is mentioned in Otto KAKFA´s
(her son) birth record in 1879 in Kolin.

So let's see if I can summarize this mountain of

Philip Kafka, 1847-1921, marries Klara POLATCHEK,
widow, birth name is Klara HAMMERSCHLAG.

Philip Kafka is the Brother of Herrmann Kafka and thus
he's the uncle of the famous Franz Kafka (1883-1924,
Herrmann's son).

Children (known to me) are:

Dr. Robert Kafka, born January 8, 1881.
Hermina (1876)
Otto (1877)
Ida (1878)
Selma (1880)

Dr. Robert Kakfa marries Elsa Robitschek on July 2,

Elsa ROBITSCHEK was born on October 17, 1895 to
Sigmund ROBITSCHEK and Charlotte nee BERGMAN (2nd wife
of Sigmund). Charlotte is the daughter of Isak and
Louise nee PETCHEK BERGMANN - a famous and very rich
Jewish family in Prague.

The PETCHEKs or Petscheks became the richest Jewish
family in Bohemia in the early 20th century. Their
banking house became the Gestapo headquarters in 1939,
and their palatial villa (sometimes referred to as the
last chateau in Central Europe) is the residence of
the US ambassador. Descendants live in NYC.

Elsa ROBITSCHEK had one sister, Anna (nick-name "Anda"
born August 4, 1898). Elsa is the cousin of my
grandmother, also named Elsa [Leah] ROBITSCHEK.

Therefore I now understand why and how my grandmother
met Franz Kafka in Prague on "family occasions" and
the friendly yet stormy relationship she had with
Franz. My grandmother, to say the least, did not like
Franz, but appreciated his wisdom and witt.

Robert and Elsa's son is Hans Phillip Kafka, born in
Prague in 1917. Probably he's the only child of Robert
and Elsa.

For people who read this and who are familiar with the
Kafka Family, I have one more question: Franz Kakfa's
sister, Gabrielle Kafka, marries Karl HERRMANN. I can
not find any information about this HERRMANN clan and
if possibly they are related to my HERRMANN family.

Ron HERRMANN, Bedminster, NJ, USA.

Subject: Re:HAM(M)ERSCHLAG Family of Bohemia
From: Celia Male <celiamale@...>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2005 13:40:31 -0800 (PST)
Ron Herrmann asked on Dec 20th: "does anyone have
information about Klara HAMMERSCHLAG? She married
Philip KAFKA who was Franz KAFKA's uncle. Their
Dr. Robert KAFKA married my grandmother's cousin -
Elsa ROBITSCHEK. I do not have any additional
information about Klara except her name.

Also what "Celia's [Male] report of Samuel
referring to? I did not see it posted anywhere...

Ron, I wrote about Samuel HAMMERSCHLAG very recently
in context with SQUARENINA, the printer and the IKG
[Vienna] library. Samuel was the famous second
librarian at the IKG library and he is also
as the greatly-revered Hebrew teacher of Sigmund

As for Philip KAFKA - I am researching the name
at the moment and will produce a few postings on the
subject. In the course of this research I discovered
that Filip [Philip] KAFKA, the uncle of the famous
Franz, had a shop in Kolin.

I wonder if Ron has his facts wrong? I know >from an
Austria-Czech message archive search* for "KAFKA
that Ron has the same family tree that I have of
KAFKA's family. There we see Philip KAFKA
married Klara POLACEK [1847-1908].

Has Ron got further unpublished information? Was
a HAMMERSCHLAG perhaps on her mother's side or was
perhaps nee HAMMERSCHLAG and married to a POLACEK
prior to her marriage to Philip KAFKA?

If Klara had HAMMERSCHLAG ancestry and she was from
Kolin it would not surprise me as Kolin was awash
HAMMERSCHLAG. In 1793 here are the Kolin

A: Isac [baker] - sons Juda, Marcus, Isaias and
- three daughters.
B: Moises [peddler]: First-born son Elias
[trousermaker] - whose son is Feit and who also has
two daughters [ie grandchildren of Moises}.
Second-born son of Moises was the unmarried Enoch.
C: Widow Sibila [widow & beggar] - with second-born
son Jacob and one daughter. To find her first-born
son, I have searched through all the censuses and
cannot positively identify him - assuming he is
in Bohemia. He could also be in Prague [census not

All three families apparently lived next to each

There was also a Marcus Polacek living in Horzitz
[Horice] who was "zustandig" in Kolin. So he is a
possible link to the Polacek family. Marcus was a

Celia Male [U.K.]

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