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Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Visiting Moravia #Austria-Czech

robert fraser <robertandginafraser@...>
 

I'm starting to plan for a trip next year to include several places in
Moravia, and would be very glad to hear privately >from people who have
visited the places mentioned below, and what their experiences - good and
bad - were. How did you get there, what was transport like, what was local
accommodation like etc. We will probably be based in Vienna, but don't yet
know how much time we'll have available. After looking at maps, I have very
very tentatively thought that we might stay a night or two in Brno and see
the places over two/three days. I don't intend to do any research - I just
want to see the places where my ancestors lived.

I have explored some of the on-line information available, but no doubt
there's more, and personal experiences would be most useful.

The places are (possibly) Terezin, Uhersky Brod, Uhersky Hradiste, Hodonin
and Podivin. I have a contact in UB, which will doubtless help.

Please respond privately

Many thanks

Robert Fraser
Dianella, Western Australia
robertandginafraser@...
Searching:
NOWAK - Moravia, Austria/Vienna - >
EISINGER - Moravia - >
FINKELSTEIN - Galicia, Poland
NAGEL - Austria
KRAUTERBLUTH - ? Galicia

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Visit to Czech Republic #Austria-Czech

Robert Stein <rsteinfam@...>
 

I am taking a brief trip to the Czech Republic the end of this month. While
there, I intend to visit the Rokycany, Osek & Radnice cemeteries plus
Busovice and if time permits Krasny Dvur and Nepomysl. If anyone has any
recent information on the above places or is interested in obtaining photos,
please contact me at rsteinfam@...
Researching: STEIN, LEDERER >from Busovice, Rokycany, Osek, Plzen, Krasny
Dvur & Nepomysl.

Robert Stein
Stamford, CT, USA

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech BACHRACH and SCHNURMACHER from Vienna #Austria-Czech

Paul Posthumus <paul_posthumus@...>
 

Dear group,

I'm new to this group and i hope you can help me.

The ggf of my wife is Zsigmond SANDOR, born in Vienna 1872, son of Maria
BACHRACH and Unknown SCHNURMACHER.

Unknown Schnurmacher changed the familyname to Sandor, so Zsigmond Sandor
was probably born as Sigmund Schnurmacher.

Zsigmond married Hermine EPPINGER, probably in Budapest. In Budapest they
had a son Istvan in 1903. They moved to Zalaegerszeg and had 3 more
children: Ervin (19??), Julianna (Jutzi) (1910) and Karolina (Lenka) (1911).
Zsigmond, Hermine, Istvan and Julianna died in the Shoah.

I would like to know if somebody knows anything about the BACHRACH and
SCHNURMACHER/SANDOR families. Siblings of Zsigmond? Dates of birth and dead
of Maria and Unknown? The names of their parents? The name of Unknown? Etc.

Regards,
Paul Posthumus and Judith Federer

Researching: FEDERER (Janoshaza), GESTETNER (Csorna), EISENSTADT
(Burgenland), SANDOR/SCHNURMACHER (Budapest/Vienna/Zalaegerszeg), BACHRACH
(Vienna), EPPINGER (Budapest), KALMAN (Budapest)

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Re: SCHNURMACHER from Vienna #Austria-Czech

Fritz Neubauer
 

Austria-Czech SIG digest schrieb:

Paul wrote:

Zsigmond married Hermine EPPINGER, probably in Budapest. In Budapest they
had a son Istvan in 1903. They moved to Zalaegerszeg and had 3 more
children: Ervin (19??), Julianna (Jutzi) (1910) and Karolina (Lenka) (1911).
Zsigmond, Hermine, Istvan and Julianna died in the Shoah.

I would like to know if somebody knows anything about the BACHRACH and
SCHNURMACHER/SANDOR families. Siblings of Zsigmond? Dates of birth and dead
of Maria and Unknown? The names of their parents? The name of Unknown? Etc.


Dear Paul,

the Memorial Book for the deportees to the Baltic states has three
entries for deportees >from Vienna to Riga on 11 Jan 1942 with the
surname SCHNUERMACHER (i.e. an umlaut for the U in your mail:

SCHNUERMACHER, Josef, born 04 Oct 1925 with the last address Hoerlgasse
18/5 in the 9th Viennese district,
SCHNUERMACHER, Luise, born 10 Nov 1889 with the same last address as Josef,
SCHNUERMACHER, Rosa, born 13 Aug 1886 with the last address
Krummbaumgasse 1 in the 2nd Viennese district.

Perhaps there is a connection?

With kind regards

Fritz Neubauer, North Germany

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Moravian Malt Industry #Austria-Czech

meretz
 

Michael Viktorik, a young researcher >from Olomouc, Moravia, CZ, works
currently on a study about the FUERST malt enterprises in Moravia. The
Fuersts were a Jewish family, whose main factories were in Uherske Hradiste
and Olomouc.

Mr. Viktorik would like to know whether there existed any books on Jewish
industrial enterprises in Bohemia and Moravia during the 19th century and
until 1945. He is specially interested in people who played leading rolls in
such firms (preferably in the malting industry) and in their memoirs. Your
help will be most welcome.

Uriel Meretz, Ramat-Hasharon, Israel

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Postcard #Austria-Czech

VMotor <vmotor@...>
 

Celia Male called our attention the other day to a Dachau-to-Prague postcard
now for sale on a notorious and well known electronic auction site.

Interestingly, the post card is addressesed to Vera VANKOVA, my family name. As
well, my paternal gfather's family did live in Prague 8, same part of Prague to
which this postcard is addressed. Unfortunately, I can not give a definitive
answer as to whether or not Vera and Milan/Mirek? may have been relatives.
Work to locate and define my gfather's thirteen dysfunctional siblings
continues and of course, VANEK is a fairly common name ;-)

Here's an inexpert translation of what's written:

"Dear Vera, kisses and thank you for the note, which I received yesterday.
In some way, it brought me back a piece of Prague and everything that's
connected with it.
We're supposed to get some form of transport and so I hope that we'll
somehow get back home.
Of course, when that might happen is simply not known.
?????? we're happily working overtime.
I have so much work that a person simply can't conceive of it.
But still, we will shut it down here and pretty soon there'll be quiet.
Dearest, don't fret or worry over me.

Looking forward to your next news.

Kisses, your Mi"

The signature MI could stand most likely for Mirek or Milan. Since according to
our list rules I can not provide you with the URL to this card, I have
downloaded the picture. Those who might be able to decipher the handwriting of
the mystery word can contact me directly and I will send them either the name
of the site or the jpeg of the card.

cheers and thanks to all,

Karel Vanek
Belleville
Canada

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech re: Searching for Frankel relatives [Quadratstein] #Austria-Czech

Celia Male <celiamale@...>
 

Thomas Weiss is looking for various family members and asked for a private reply.

I cannot lead him to any family members at the moment, but I was attracted to
the name QUADRATSTEIN and have done some basic research on the name which could
be of general interest to the SIG. The name is quite rare, but to my amazement,
I found a large family of QUADRATSTEIN >from Austria [this could mean Galicia]
living in London in 1891. Father A. QUADRATSTEIN was an agent and born in
"Austria" in 1856. They were not listed in the census of 1881 or in 1901, so
must have arrived after 1881 and emigrated or perhaps even changed their name?
The oldest child Anna aged 8 was born in London so they probably came to London
by 1883. There are two infant deaths recorded, including a Nathan [see below
for a possible link].

It is a rare name in the US censuses as well but one can find just 1 census
listing for Isidore and two births - one baby, Leo, died soon after birth.
There is also a recent death in California associated with the name.

No-one is searching for the name on the JGFF.

This is what I have found in Vienna:

1. Nathan QUADRATSTEIN was a dealer in eggs and butter and in 1933 lived at
Dadlergasse 22, Vienna IV. He is the only QUADRATSTEIN I can find listed in the
Vienna telephone directory in 1933.

2. Nathan is buried in the ZF Gate 1 Vienna: Group 52 Row 47 Grave 77 in 1938
together with Pauline and Wilhelm. I suspect Pauline was his wife and Wilhelm
their son who died tragically young.

Nathan age 76 died 24.08.1938 [born 1862]
Pauline age 54 died before 05.01.1915
Wilhelm age 20 died before 05.10.1913

These are the only three QUADRATSTEIN buried in Jewish cemeteries in Austria.

3. The QUADRATSTEIN family appears to come >from Tarnow. See:
http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl

You will find the birth of Naftali who is most probably the same as our Nathan
in Vienna. Naftali was born on 1 Sept 1862 to David and Sara and the witness
was Joel QUADRATSTEIN. Joel died in 1873 probably aged 65-75 as his wife Chane
had died aged 60 on 28 July 1867, so we have managed to get back to the turn
of the 18th century with this family.

4. In the Yizkor book we find the following reference:

http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/oswiecim1/osw394.html

..., a special center for West Galicia was organized in Tarnow and an
exceptional conference was called to convene in Krakow. I took pains to
forewarn the assembly about the tremendous damage arising out of this
unnecessary duplication, but it was almost in vain. The tendency towards
separatism of some of the activists in “Hechalutz” and especially that of
David QUADRATSTEIN was more powerful.

5. You will sadly find four QUADRATSTEIN >from Tarnow listed on Yad vashem
http://www.yadvashem.org

as well as Leontine, [nee FRAENKEL AE = A with umlaut], Tom's relative >from
Vienna. The Tarnow testimonies are in Hebrew. Leon must be a duplication and
there is surely a mistake in the testimony of Bracha [born 1860] - by her aunt!

6. There is a recent legal joke in German about bribing a judge with a goose,
involving a QUADRATSTEIN in Vienna. I wonder if this could be based on fact and
a past case involving Nathan, as he was in the poultry business? It seems
strange to hit upon this name by chance especially as it is so very rare!

http://tinyurl.com/byhhq

7. QUADRATSTEIN, Leontine {Tom's great aunt] has an asset file which should
be consulted: dob 12.11.1871

The name ECKSTEIN [cornerstone] is common in the Habsburg Empire, but
QUADRATSTEIN [square/rectangular-stone] is a rarity. We now know a little bit
more about this family, which spread >from Tarnow to Vienna, London and the USA.
Where the descendants are now, we may yet discover. Some, we know >from the
Yad Vashem testimonies, must be in Israel. Did they perhaps change their names
to the much more prosaic "STONE" in the UK and US? If so, we have little hope
of identifying them.

Celia Male [UK]

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Request for translation of tombstone in Straznice (Viewmate) #Austria-Czech

Michael Gordy
 

Now on Viewmate as file VM6070 is a scan of a photo of the
tombstone of Abraham REISS of Straznice (near Hodonin). Can
someone perhaps translate for me? I'm interested especially
in the usual genealogical data (name of father, dates), but
also in the significance of the unusual motifs at the top of the stone.

Direct link is:

http://data.jewishgen.org/viewmate/ALL/viewmateview.asp?key=6070

Thanks!
-- Michael Gordy
Takoma Park, Maryland, USA
FELBER, REISS and GLUECK in Straznice

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech The holdings of the Jewish Museum in Prague #Austria-Czech

Florence & Henry Wellisch <kelwel@...>
 

The State Jewish Museum in Prague published in its magazine Judaica
Bohemiae, Vol. VII, No. 1, 1971, a list of its holdings of the archives of the
Jewish communities of Bohemia and Moravia. [These holdings do not include
the records of the Jewish community of the city of Prague]. These archives
were the exclusive property of those communities and were transferred to the
museum in three stages. Before the Nazi persecution some of the material was
concentrated in the Jewish museums of Prague, Nikolsburg (Mikulov) and
Presov. During the occupation the Nazis collected further material which was
deposited in the Jewish museum in Prague. The Jewish communities tried to
hide what they could and some was put in charge of private individuals, many
of whom took it abroad.

Near the end of the war the Nazis ordered most of the original Jewish
registers destroyed, so that for the most part what survived are the copies
held by the Czech Ministry of Internal Affairs. After the liberation all the
Jewish registers were collected in one place, the offices of the National
Committee of Prague 1, where they still are. [I understand that the Jewish
birth, marriage and death registers are currently held at the Czech Central
Archives in Prague]

The above mentioned material as listed in Judaica Bohemiae is divided into
three parts. The first and most important part, entitled Analytical Table 1
is divided into 42 categories and is organized by locality. It is quite
certain that many of these 42 categories are of general interests,
but here are some categories of special interest to genealogists.

2. The area of the community, including the names of incorporated
localities, the amalgamation of several communities into one, or the
division of large communities into several small ones.

4. Chronicles and Pinkas books, for the most part old volumes, or books from
smaller communities where the whole business of the community was recorded.

5. Statistics: lists of members of the community, employees of the
community, names of Jews >from elsewhere, lists of Jewish names.

6. Community chronicles and historical references to local Jews.

28. Entrance to and withdrawal >from the religious community. The acceptance
and expulsion of members.

29. Circumcision books.

30. Books, listing and plans of seating in the synagogue.

36. The burial society: Lists of the deceased and of graves, plans of graves
and copies of epitaphs.

In each case name of the community is listed as it was in existence in 1938,
the period covered by the material and the number of fascicles or volumes in
the archives.

The purpose of Analytical Table 2 is to facilitate the study of material
concerning Jewish societies and organizations of wider than local
significance. Here are a few typical examples:

Palaestinaamt Praha; Vlasim, 1921-1926
Maehrisch-Schlesischer Rabbinerverband; Bzenez, 1920-1935
WIZO. Olomouc; 1931-1940
Zidovska nabozenska obec, Praha: Ceske Budejovice 19th & 20th century.

Analytical table 3 deals with the material concerning individuals and
families and is organized by name and the location of the person or family.
There are hundreds of names and localities listed. Here are a couple of
examples:

Grunberg family, Mlada Boleslav, 1897-1930
Kafka family, Pisek, 1753-1860
Rachmut family, Susice, 1904-1926

I hope to make arrangements for the publication on the Austria-Czech website
of the full details of all 42 categories of Analytical Table 1.

Henry Wellisch
Toronto

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech FW: Visiting Moravia #Austria-Czech

robert fraser <robertandginafraser@...>
 

I'd like to thank the many very knowledgeable people who responded to my
request with extremely useful information.
I'm really looking forward to the trip, even though it's year away!

Robert W Fraser
Dianella, Western Australia
robertandginafraser@...

-----Original Message-----
From: robert fraser [mailto:robertandginafraser@...]
Sent: Sunday, 8 May 2005 9:58 AM
To: Austria-Czech SIG
Subject: [austriaczech] Visiting Moravia
I'm starting to plan for a trip next year to include several places in
Moravia, and would be very glad to hear privately >from people who have
visited the places mentioned below, and what their experiences - good and
bad - were. How did you get there, what was transport like, what was local
accommodation like etc. We will probably be based in Vienna, but don't yet
know how much time we'll have available. After looking at maps, I have very
very tentatively thought that we might stay a night or two in Brno and see
the places over two/three days. I don't intend to do any research - I just
want to see the places where my ancestors lived.

I have explored some of the on-line information available, but no doubt
there's more, and personal experiences would be most useful.

The places are (possibly) Terezin, Uhersky Brod, Uhersky Hradiste, Hodonin
and Podivin. I have a contact in UB, which will doubtless help.

Please respond privately

Many thanks

Robert Fraser
Dianella, Western Australia
robertandginafraser@...
Searching:
NOWAK - Moravia, Austria/Vienna - >
EISINGER - Moravia - >
FINKELSTEIN - Galicia, Poland
NAGEL - Austria
KRAUTERBLUTH - ? Galicia

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech RE: Moravian Malt Industry #Austria-Czech

robert fraser <robertandginafraser@...>
 

Although I can't make any comment on this specific enquiry, it's interesting
to speculate that the Jews in the malting industry would have directly
contributed to the brewing industry, which was strongly established in what
would become Czechoslovakia.

The KUFFNER family operated breweries in Moravia and established what became
the Ottakringer Brauerei in the outskirts of Vienna. It still exists,
producing beer and soft drinks. The owner, Moritz KUFFNER (later, Moritz VON
KUFFNER) was a business rival of my great-grandfather Moritz VON NOWAK, also
born in UH and also active in the liquor business, and built the Kuffner
Sternwarte (observatory) which has been refurbished and is worth a visit:

http://www.kuffner.ac.at/site/en/index.html

Robert W Fraser
Dianella, Western Australia
robertandginafraser@...

-----Original Message-----
From: meretz [mailto:meretz@...]
Sent: Tuesday, 10 May 2005 9:57 PM
To: Austria-Czech SIG
Subject: [austriaczech] Moravian Malt Industry
Michael Viktorik, a young researcher >from Olomouc, Moravia, CZ, works
currently on a study about the FUERST malt enterprises in Moravia. The
Fuersts were a Jewish family, whose main factories were in Uherske Hradiste
and Olomouc.

Mr. Viktorik would like to know whether there existed any books on Jewish
industrial enterprises in Bohemia and Moravia during the 19th century and
until 1945. He is specially interested in people who played leading rolls in
such firms (preferably in the malting industry) and in their memoirs. Your
help will be most welcome.

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Re: Moravian Malt Industry #Austria-Czech

Celia Male <celiamale@...>
 

Uri Meretz [on behalf of Michael Viktorik, a young researcher >from Olomouc,
Moravia] asked for information on the malting industry in Bohemia and Moravia.

I would like to start with this quote >from Jean de Clerck's "A Textbook of
Brewing" [1958]: "The best varieties of barley are cultivated in Moravia,
especially in the valley region of Hana [near Olomouc/Olmutz]. Hana barleys
are considered the finest .... in the world." Today most malting barleys
grown in Europe are genetic descendants of Moravian seed. The most famous
parent is "Hana 2-row spring barley".

This is a huge topic; the Jews of Bohemia and Moravia were certainly at the
forefront of the industrialisation of malting. >from the Bohemian Jewish census
of 1793, we know the names and locations of the many tenant distillers. They
and their Moravian counterparts were the trailblazers. The emerging industrial
revolution and their fortuitous position as distillers were the obvious
catalysts - not forgetting the pre-eminence of Moravian barley and Bohemian
hops >from the Saaz {Zatec} region.

Here is the briefest synopsis [I am a biochemist] on the science of malting;
it is not until recently, however, that I looked at the genealogical aspects.

Malted barley is the basis of beer brewing. It is formed in a natural
fermentation process, in which the enzymes in the germinating/sprouting barley
grains convert part of the starches into sugars, which include a high percentage
of the disaccharide "maltose", with its characteristic flavour.

This evolved into high-maltose barley syrups, and light brewing syrups based
on other carbohydrate sources such as rice, wheat and corn starches. Barley
and malt syrups are the basis of Ovaltine and Ovalmaltine and are also used
in the confectionery & baking industries.

In 1834 there was a breakthrough in the understanding of the malting process
[see Footnote 1].

I am sure our SIG will be most interested to see this website about the Briess
Malt and Ingredients Co of Wisconsin. If you click on "About Briess" on the
top line, you will find: The roots of {this company} date back to 1876 when
Ignatius BRIESS, a grain exchanger by trade, began malting barley grown in
his homeland of Moravia... There is even an inset about the Olmutz company
"Prima Malz - Ignaz und Wilhelm BRIESS.

http://www.briess.com/about/historyofmalting.shtml

Among the leading interrelated family groups at the forefront of the emerging
malting industry were the SOBOTKA {BREITENFELD}, BRUM {BITTNER}, LUSTIG {JOKL}
and HAUSER {BRUM} families of Bohemia and Moravia. The names in brackets are
those of the spouses in the early years of the 19th century.

In 1809, Abraham SOBOTKA {1784-1867} married the daughter of Elias BREITENFELD
a tenant distiller on the castle estate of Rychemburk/Richenburg {Predhradi}
near Hermanuv Mestec in the Chrudimer Kreis, owned by the Kinsky family and
later by the prince of Thurn and Taxis. Abraham learned the trade >from his
father-in-law. [Footnote 2 gives 1793 census details]

An important textbook, which must have been available to Abraham, was published
by Prof Andreas Poupe in Prague at the time of Abraham's marriage. Another
standard work, by Prof Karl Balling, became available in 1840.

In 1869, Moritz SOBOTKA [1843-1918], the grandson of Abraham, married Sophe
BRUM [1851-1930], the daughter of Leopold BRUM [1816-1899]. The BRUMs, >from
Raasdorf near Breclav {Lundenburg, Moravia} were maltsters. After marriage,
Moritz, who had lived in Chotebor and Nova Vesi, Bohemia, moved to Vienna.
In 1884, with the financial help of Baron Springer [see Footnote 3], he formed
a company 'Erste Wiener Export und Malzfabriks-Gesellschaft, Hauser und Sobotka'
in Stadlau [see Footnote 4], with subsidiaries Moric (Hanna/Hana, near Olmutz,
the home of the famed barley!} and Allach (Munich).

The Vienna company had a malt syrup division, which, if my memory is correct,
evolved [perhaps by licensing] eventually into Diamalt companies in Austria
and Germany with divisions throughout the world. Their famous product, Hoff's
Malzextract, was used as a coffee substitute and tonic and is mentioned in
the "Brothers Karamazov" by Dostoevsky as a cough medicine. Please search for
Hoff's Malt Extract on the www and you will find many interesting references
including this wonderful old advertisement:

http://www.sandowmuseum.com/page97.html

There is another poster: 'Great Victorian Actresses' on a commercial site.
Don't miss it!

The companies and the tradename Diamalt were taken over after WW1 as part of
the post-war agreements [cf Bayer and Aspirin]. These Diamalt companies still
exist today. For a lovely Diamalt poster of 1914, see:

http://pages.tias.com/8984/PictPage/1922424360.html

It certainly is an exciting genealogical, scientific and industrial journey
from the Jewish tenant distillers of the 1700s in Bohemia and Moravia to
today's vast enterprises in the brewing, food and drinks industry, who use
the products developed by them and their sons, grandsons and gt-grandsons -
but the link (like Pilsner beer) is crystal clear!

Celia Male [UK]

Footnotes:

1 In 1834, Anselm Payen and Jean-François Persoz isolated 'diastase' >from
barley malt and postulated the importance of enzymes in biology.

2. In the 1793 census, Valletin BREITENFELD is the tenant distiller of
Richenburg. His oldest son is Abraham Elias. The name Valentin, significantly
remained in the family at least as far as the gt-gt grandson, Valentin
Sobotka born in 1896, probably in Vienna.

There is an Abraham BREITENFELD - leather manufacturer living in Reichenfeld
as well.

I believe the father of Abraham SOBOTKA was probably Isaak SOBOTKA, a glazier
of Brozan/Brossan/Brozany, Pardubitzer Herrschaft, Chrudimer Kreis who is
listed as having an oldest son Abraham in the 1793 census.

3. Here is the link to the huge Fould-Springer alcohol and yeast enterprise
in France.

4. In 1917 the company was called Hauser und Sobotka, AG, Wien-Stadlau and
in 1938 the name was changed to Stadlauer Malzfabrik AG. It was aryanised
by the Nazis and the family emigrated to the US.

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Where to find records for PRAGER #Austria-Czech

Danielle James <daniandw@...>
 

Dear Group,

I hope that some one in this group can provide me with the following
answers. I have unsuccessfully searched for the following information
and would be very grateful for any suggestions and assistance members
can provide.

My father, Franz PRAGER, was born 17th February, 1919 in Mahen-Ostrau,
Morovia, Can I obtain a birth certificate for him, if so, >from where.
Also, being Jewish he would have had a Bris. Do Synagogues keep
records of this? I imagine that this would have been performed at his
place of birth. If so, whom should I contact regarding this record?

Franz was raised in Vienna, leaving in 1938 for France. My mother
received his benefits whilst he served in the French Army. I tried
some years ago to obtain his service records - without success. Can
anyone provide information as to where these would be held?

>from the period May 1941 to September 1942 (when he was deported to
Auschwitz >from Drancy, France), my father was in a number of work
camps in France. I have a copy of his papers (Fiche D'Identite de
Travailleurs Estrangers) which record dates and camp numbers (I
presume). Again, where would I obtain information, and records if
possible, about these camps?

My grandfather, Oskar PRAGER, died in Vienna in 1936. >from where
should I obtain a death certificate - and how much information would
this provide. I do not know where he was born. He served in the
Austro-Hungarian army during WWI. Is it possible to obtain his
records?

The last address of my grandmother, Melanie PRAGER (nee BRONNER) was
Czeringasse 12, Wien II, >from where she was deported to Wlodawa on 27th
April, 1942 - the last time anyone heard of her. The only other
information I have is her date of birth, but not place of birth. Can
anyone suggest how I might obtain information about Wlodawa; and any
other records regarding her.

I know that I have asked for a lot of information and hope that some
other members will also benefit >from these queries. Any information
or advice provided will be very much appreciated.

Kindest regards.

Thank you.

Danielle James
Stirling, South Australia
daniandw@...

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech AW: Moravian Malt Industry #Austria-Czech

Paul Schrofl <pschroef@...>
 

Hi all,

my grandmother's best friend (and my favorite 'aunt') was Gertrud Briess; a
biography written by her husband's grandfather, Ignaz Briess, may be found
on my website under
http://www.schroefl.com/de/biographien/ignaz_briess/index.php
Unfortunately I have only the german text without a translation. There is a
part of the biography to be found in english under
http://www.jewish-funerals.org/moravia.htm , translated by Claire Bruell.

Regards >from Graz, especially to Claire and Peter,

Paul Schroefl

-----Ursprungliche Nachricht-----
Von: Celia Male [mailto:celiamale@...]
This is a huge topic; the Jews of Bohemia and Moravia were certainly at the
forefront of the industrialisation of malting. >from the Bohemian Jewish
census
of 1793, we know the names and locations of the many tenant distillers. They
and their Moravian counterparts were the trailblazers. The emerging
industrial
revolution and their fortuitous position as distillers were the obvious
catalysts - not forgetting the pre-eminence of Moravian barley and Bohemian
hops >from the Saaz {Zatec} region.
I am sure our SIG will be most interested to see this website about the
Briess
Malt and Ingredients Co of Wisconsin. If you click on "About Briess" on the
top line, you will find: The roots of {this company} date back to 1876 when
Ignatius BRIESS, a grain exchanger by trade, began malting barley grown in
his homeland of Moravia... There is even an inset about the Olmutz company
"Prima Malz - Ignaz und Wilhelm BRIESS.

http://www.briess.com/about/historyofmalting.shtml

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech New info, "new" surnames: HECHT, LEWITUS, PICK... #Austria-Czech

Judith Berlowitz <jberlowitz@...>
 

Dear ACSiggers,
Thanks to [paid researcher XXX] I have recently been able to leaf out my
Bohemian branches, opening up new areas of research:
My 1C3R, Adolph WEINER, married Friederike PICK of Strakonice, prob. abt.
1886. Their children, born between 1887 and 1894, are Anton, Paul, Carl, and
Anna.
My 2nd ggaunt, Franziska FRESCHL, married Leopold HECHT, prob. abt. 1853.
Leopold's parents were Jacob Hecht and Sara LEWITUS. Franziska and Leopold
lived in the Michle district of Prague (modern-day Prague 4) and had 7 children,
Josef, Viktor, Karoline, Sophie, Anna, Hetty, and Regine.

Please contact me if you connect with any of these names.

Judith Berlowitz
Berkeley, California

MODERATOR NOTE: We are not permitted to post testimonials for paid researchers,
so the name and comments about the person's work have been deleted.

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Re: Moravian Malt Industry - Sobotka #Austria-Czech

Celia Male <celiamale@...>
 

In my posting yesterday I wrote:

In 1809, Abraham SOBOTKA {1784-1867} married the daughter of Elias BREITENFELD
a tenant distiller on the castle estate of Rychemburk/Richenburg {Predhradi}
near Hermanuv Mestec in the Chrudimer Kreis, owned by the Kinsky family and
later by the prince of Thurn and Taxis. Abraham learned the trade >from his
father-in-law. Followed by Footnote 2:

I believe the father of Abraham SOBOTKA was probably Isaak SOBOTKA, a glazier
of Brozan/Brossan/Brozany, Pardubitzer Herrschaft, Chrudimer Kreis, listed as
having an oldest son Abraham in the 1793 census.

There is only one other SOBOTKA [Herman] family listed in the Chrudimer Kreis
transcript of the 1793 Bohemian census Vol IV, apparently on page 35. Yesterday,
I could not find this family, being preoccupied with Moravian maltsters. However,
this morning I found them on p. 36 - a printing error.

Herman would seem to be the more natural fit as a father for Abraham SOBOTKA,
as Herman was the tenant distiller in the Uhersko, Herrschaft Chraustowitz
[Chrousotvice] whereas Isaak was a glazier.

However Abraham was only the third son of Herman. He had two older brothers -
Wilhelm and Samuel as well as a younger brother Joseph and a sister Elisabeth.
His two older brothers may have died or he may have obtained a familiant licence
on some other grounds.

There was also a tutor - Johann WALTER - for the five children in the Herman
SOBOTKA household >from the "Romischen Reich", Linderhausen [Westphalia, Germany],
and a maid Hanna. No wife is mentioned and Herman is not designated as a widower,
which is unusual.

There is an interesting link between Isaak and Herman SOBOTKA. Herman is also
"zustandig" in the Pardubitzer Herrschaft in Beyscht/Beqscht/Byst, close to
the home of Isaak. So perhaps Isaak and Hermann SOBOTKA, born in the mid-1750s
were brothers or cousins?

I also wrote: after marriage, Moritz SOBOTKA who had lived in Chotebor and
Nova Vesi, Bohemia, moved to Vienna. I now believe that whereas Chotebor is in
Bohemia, Nova Vesi is in Moravia near Hodonin, the home of more excellent barley
strains and of the famous plant-breeding establishment, I wrote about on
8 Dec 2004 in "Agriculture & Plant Breeding in Moravia" [see our archives}*.

Could Moritz SOBOTKA perhaps have studied at this famous establishment before
his marriage to Sophie BRUM and life as a maltster in Vienna?

Celia Male [UK]

* Plant breeding stations founded by E. v. Tschermak in former Austrian-Hungarian
Monarchy and in Austria In Moravia 1903 - 1912 Hodonin (Goding): for rye,
wheat, barley, legumes, soybean.

So not only did many of us have Moravian forebears but some of the genetic
varieties in the cereals and other vital crops we eat and use today may have
originated >from one of the very same towns.

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Military records in the Austro-Hungarian Empire #Austria-Czech

Thomas F. Weiss
 

Dear Fellow Jewish Genners -

My grandfather served in the Austro-Hungarian Army on two
occasions. In his first tour of duty, he served in the 20th
Infantry Regiment while he was living in Galicia and was discharged
in 1899 in Stanislau (now Ivano-Frankivsk), Galicia. In his second
tour of duty, he served in the reserves during 1915-1917 after he
had moved to Vienna. When I requested his military records >from the
Kriegsarchiv in Vienna, I received his records for his second tour of
duty. I have asked the Kriegsarchiv in Vienna for records of his
earlier tour of duty but have received no reply. I have heard that
the military records of the Austro-Hungarian Army for people who
served in parts of the empire that are no longer in Austria reside in
the successor states.

My question is, does anyone know where the military records
are kept for members of the Austro-Hungarian Army for recruits who
came >from Eastern Galicia? How can I obtain copies of these records?
Please respond to me privately at tfweiss@....

Thank you for your consideration.
--
Tom Weiss
Newton, MA
USA
tfweiss@...

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Schwarzenberg #Austria-Czech

Dubois family <family@...>
 

My mother left Vienna in May 1939, at the age of twenty three, for the UK.
After the Anschluss, and before she left Vienna, my mother worked for a
female member of the SCHWARZENBERG family, who secretly organised help for
Jewish family. This help mainly took the form of distributing money. My
mother recalls meeting somewhere in central Vienna, with others. The member
of the Schwarzenberg family gave instructions as to who was to distribute
what to whom. My mother and her family, who were destitute, also received
financial aid >from her.

Can anyone supply any more information about this organisation or of this
member of the Schwarzenberg family?

Dominique Dubois, London UK

STEINER, Weitersfeld, Krems, Vienna
POLLITZER, Frauenkirchen, Vienna
SINGER, Retz, Krems, Vienna

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Fw: OBERNIK family in Beroun #Austria-Czech

katka sor <katsor@...>
 

I have been trying to find out what happened to the family of my ggfather -
Adolf OBERNIK and his wife, Augusta, born ROUBITCHEK.
They were the parents of my granmother, Stefanie KRAUS, born OBERNIK.
The name Obernik just does not come up anywhere at all and all research ends
in a dead end lane.
Can anyone help?
[The only person by the name Obernik I found in the entire web is Sam
Obernik, a singer, who seems to have been born in Ireland of Czech and
Spanish parents. However, I cannot contact Sam Obernik in any way, so I
cannot find out if she is part of the family in any way{.
I would appreciate any information anyone may have come across - the name is
a very unusual one........
Many thanks
Katrina Sorauer

MODERATOR NOTE: The JewishGen Family Finder and Family Tree of the Jewish People
show only one listing for this name, but there are many other databases worth
searching. See the JewishGen Home Page for a list of resources, including the
Ellis Island Foundation Database and the JewishGen Online World Burial Registry.
Remember to use Daitch-Mokotoff or other soundex searching and try alternate
spellings of the name.

Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech re: The GOD family of Vienna {and Kolomea} #Austria-Czech

Celia Male <celiamale@...>
 

Some days ago I wrote about the postcard from
Theresienstadt to Vienna >from Lola GOD.

Using seven websites: Jewish Records Indexing, Poland
jri-pl; the Jewish cemetery database, Austria; Letter
to the Stars {LTTS}; Yad Vashem; Avotaynu {Living
Heirs}; Aufbau and the best-known internet auction
site [this cannot be listed because of prevailing
Jewishgen rules on commercial sites], it is now
possible to reconstruct the fate of this tragic GOD
family >from Vienna, who probably came >from Kolomea in
Galicia.

1. On Jri-pl you will find a few entries for records
under the name GOD in Kolomea

2. The only person of that name buried in Vienna with
that name is Israel GOD - burial 20.09.1875 -
presumably at Wahring and reinterred at
Zentralfriedhof Gate IV. Group 22, when part of
Wahringerfriedhof was used in WW2 as a firepond.

3. Lola [19.08.1912] and Adolf GOD [11/10/1911] were a
young married couple living in Vienna. It is possible
that Adolf's parents were Josef and Katharina {see
LTTS}. Josef [05/11/1871] and Katharina [30/10/1880]
were also holocaust victims. DOB given in brackets.

4. Josef GOD has an Austrian Asset file: dob same as
above - 05.11.1871 This file will have to be checked
{see Avoytanu}.

5. Could this be the birth of Josef on the jri-pl
database? Note that his father is Wigdor - and this
suggests that Josef might be the father of Awigdor
[Viktor] buried at Gate IV, Vienna ZF: {see point 12}


Josel 1871; Father Wigdor GOD - Mother Süssel DIENER


6. Lola probably became pregnant in August 1943, while
she and her husband Adolf GOD lived in Vienna.

7. On November 11th 1943, Lola and Adolf were deported
from Vienna to Theresienstadt >from Rembrandtstr. 25/2,
a Sammeladresse in the second district. We must assume
Tana was born in Theresienstadt {see LTTS - where her
birth date is given after the date of deportion, yet
her birth, amazingly is registered, perhaps at the
IKG, Vienna?}.

8. On April 25th 1944 Lola gave birth to baby Tana in
Theresienstadt {see LTTS and Yad vashem}.

9. On July 4th 1944 Lola wrote the thank you postcard
that was sent to Grete BREUER at the wartime IKG -
known as the Judenrat, Seitenstettengasse, Vienna. It
is signed by Lola and Tana. Adolf is not mentioned on
the card - perhaps this was prohibited or she
genuinely did not know where he was incarcerated.

10. On September 28th 1944, Adolf GOD, 33 years old,
was deported >from Theresienstadt to Auschwitz {see Yad
vashem and LTTS}.

11. On October 23rd 1944 baby Tana, 6 months old, and
her mother Lola, 32 years old, were deported from
Theresienstadt to Auschwitz, where they were murdered.
{see Yad vashem and LTTS}.

12. Uri Meretz suggests [I have his permission to
quote] that Awigdor God, buried in Vienna at Gate IV
ZentralFriedhof is identical to Viktor GOD, a
Buchenwald survivor listed in Aufbau. The dates fit.
You will note that a Sidonie GOD also returned to
Vienna. Awigdor could be the son of Josef {see Point
5} whose father is named Wigdor on the jri-pl Kolomea
database.

It is amazing that one can do this detective work with
the skimpy additional evidence of the pathetic
postcard. What is upsetting is that the postcard was
probably bought by a buyer >from Argentina because of
the unpleasant stamp that attracts collectors, not the
terrible history behind the card.

Little Tana has the tragic life history of being
conceived in Vienna, born in Theresienstadt and
murdered in Auschwitz. She should have been a smiling
six month-old baby - the pride and joy of her parents
and grandparents. A forgotten child of her time, now
remembered at last, by all of us, sixty one years
after her murder, through the chance discovery of a
postcard that has miraculously survived the holocaust.


Celia Male [UK]

Website references used in this research:

jri-pl: http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl

Avotaynu {for abbreviated "Living Heirs"}:
http://www.avotaynu.com/

LTTS: http://www.lettertothestars.at

Austrian Jewish Cemetery database:
http://friedhof.ikg-wien.at/search.asp?lang=de
http://friedhof.ikg-wien.at/search.asp?lang=en

Yad vashem: http://www.yadvashem.org

Aufbau List of survivors:
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Holocaust/Aufbau.htm