orphanage at Ruthgasse 21 #austria-czech


My grandmother and great aunt spent a number of years in an orphanage at Ruthgasse 21 between 1913 and 1921. Does anyone have any information about this institution? I know it has since been converted into apartments. I have asked IKG-Wien but they have no records for these years.
Regards, Helen Douch

Andreas Schwab

The following article (in German) describes the history of this institution:
David Gutmann und das israelitische Mädchenwaisenhaus in Wien-Döbling, by Ursula Prokop, DAVID - Jüdische Kulturzeitschrift, Issue 124, April 220
Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada

Veronica Zundel

I don't think this was the same orphanage, but my mother's four birth siblings were placed in a Jewish orphanage in Vienna in 1914 or early 1915,  and were there for up to ten years - their parents were alive but had lost each other on the journey from Drohobych to Vienna, fleeing a pogrom, and the mother had no means to support herself and the children. I would love to have any information about other Jewish orphanages in Vienna - I believe this one was mixed-sex.
Veronica Zundel, London
Searching descendants of Josef Jakob Horoschowski b. 1905 Drohobych

Dominique Anderson

My father had a similar story. His father was taken prisoner of war in the early days of WWI to Kassel, Germany. His mother died of typhus in 1918 in Lodz. He and his orphan siblings were sent away to relatives in different countries. My father ended up in the Jewish orphanage of Kassel on Giessen Str. He lived there until 1924 when he went on his own at the age of 14. It seems that there were a lot of Jewish children living in orphanages after WWI.
Dominique Anderson 
Charlottesville, VA