Re: HAM(M)ERSCHLAG Family of Bohemia #austria-czech
Ron Herrmann <ron_herrmann@...>
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There's no mistake on my side and I guess we found a
connection between my family and the people listed in
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,
Children (known to me) are:
Dr. Robert Kafka, born January 8, 1881.
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
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.
Researching: HERRMANN, LOEWENSTEIN, LOEBL/LOEWE, REIN,
KOHN, ABELES, ROBITSCHEK, MAHLER, KAFKA, PROPPER from
Subject: Re:HAM(M)ERSCHLAG Family of Bohemia
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