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*Some information already added on Geni -- info. also provided by Johanthan Khuner below -- Last update: November 23, 2010
Note: any relation to Heinrich Schlesinger (abt 1902 Bzenec moved 1940 to USA - ) destination his (Aunt) Gisela Ungar in Bronx, N.Y.C. Nearest rel: (Mother) Ernestine Schlesinger, Toy Lodge, Freshwater Bay I.O.W. England AND Erna Schlesinger (abt 1907 Vienna - ) nearest relative mother-in-law Ernestine Schlesinger, destination same as Heinrich ?
Note: see John Freund's Spring's End book, Zase se umím smát, Vzpomínka na klepy, The Underground Reporters by Kathy Kacer - 2004 a Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers (on Amazon-click on picture or Abebooks) "..And it was here that some brave young people decided to create a newspaper, a magazine that would prove to themselves and their community that they were still creative, energetic, and adventurous. The magazine, “Klepy” (which means Gossip), was born on August 30, 1940, and over the next two years, twenty-two issues were created and circulated. The magazine included simple type-written stories, elaborate paintings, and editorials, all created in the midst of war. John was one of the young “reporters” who contributed to the magazine." and After Those Fifty Years, Memoirs of the Birkenau Boys, Edited by John Freund; "..It is a compilation of Biographies and recollections of those who survived the subsequent ten months; a most difficult time between the fateful Mengele "selection" and the end of the war. Some of the boys were sent from the Maennerlager to other camps. In January 1945, as the Russians advanced from the east, all of Auschwitz was liquidated and those prisoners capable of working were evacuated to other camps further to the west. Thousands perished while marching in freezing weather to distant railways stations.." from Pier 21 site
Note: see christadelphiansisters.org Susan's; How My Mother, Sis. Hana Holman, Learnt the Truth: "Life was very sweet, back then in the 1930's. It was a carefree and happy existence for Hana, her sister Ruth and her parents, Marta and Ernst Ofner.. The live-in maid Sofie organized the cooking, the washing and ironing and the girls lived a life of ease. Although their mother rarely prepared the meals, Hana has memories of Grandmother Bertha making apple strudel with Auntie Pulli.. Hana and her family lived in a flat above the Kafka grandparents. The Kafkas were Marta's parents. Grandfather Leopold Kafka was a coffee importer.. Jakob Ofner kept the strong Jewish traditions and encouraged the family to regularly attend the synagogue.. The day of departure soon arrived. The family traveled up to Prague. Six hundred and twenty children were leaving for England on the Kindertransport that day.. When the war was finally over, they knew in their hearts that their parents were not alive. One day, Hana opened an official letter. It said simply, that Marta and Ernst had perished at Auschwitz in October 1944. The war was over, but there was no family in Czechoslovakia to return to, so Hana and Ruth remained in England.."
- Ambros WAIBEL
Note: Felix Khuner was trained in math and music, he had thought of becoming a mathematician, but when he was offered a place in the Kolisch Quartet at age nineteen and saw Arnold Schoenberg at one of the Quartet's rehearsals, he decided to join them instead. He played and toured with the Quartet for fifteen years, performing premieres and signal works of Schoenberg, Berg and Bartok. With the advent of Nazism he decided to settle in the United States, where he played with the San Francisco Symphony and Opera Orchestras for more than forty years... see Oral Interview by Caroline Crawford
Note: Berkeley Opera (2005) - Jonathan Khuner, artistic director presents: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Comedies rarely come richer, grander, or more controversial than Wagner's "Die Meistersinger." Berkeley Opera presents a bold, innovative new production in a three-hour adaptation by conductor Jonathan Khuner and director Yuval Sharon.. ..choreography by Benjamin Levy and sung in German with English supertitles, this three-hour condensation of Wagner's masterpiece is fully staged with orchestra
*2nd wife of Nathan Khuner: Theresia KNIGSTEIN Born: abt 1794 Married: Nov 27, 1814 in Bisenz. Died: in Bisenz *geni
Note: see more pictures OR Yale University Library has Bronislaw Malinowski correspondence archives (1869-1939) with Hans and Paul Khuner. Their Khuner Villa (built 1930) was design by a well known Czech-Austrian architect Adolf (see Loos family). Currently the villa is a Hotel-Restaurant- Looshaus in Payerbach, Austria OR any relation to dr. Ignaz Sommer (abt 1868 - 8/14/1909 Vienna) NFPmore & Gisa Schwarz brother of Salo Sommer ?
Note: New York Times "North Carolina Art Museum Says It Will Return Painting Tied to Nazi Theft": After confirming that one of its most prized paintings had been stolen by the Nazis during World War II from an Austrian Jewish art collector, the North Carolina Museum of Art announced plans this week to give the painting back to its rightful owners, two sisters (Philip von Gumfretz descendants) in Austria. The painting, ''Madonna and Child in a Landscape'' by Lucas Cranach the Elder, a German Renaissance artist, was deeded to the museum in 1964 by an art collector in Beverly Hills, Calif. The museum received the painting when that collector, Marianne Khuner, died in 1984.. CBS News Doing The Right Thing With Stolen Art: ".They also knew that by leaving the Cranach in North Carolina, the story of the painting and of their great uncle's sacrifice would continue to be told. As for the painting, there are plans for an exhibition which will explain its history and will honor Philip von Gumfretz and the generosity of his descendants."
Note: Edith was an amazing cook in Vienna. She stayed after Hitler took over Vienna, was arrested and her release cost the family a fortune. There is Gustav Blau who died on 10/05/1932 (age 85) buried in Vienna, as well as 355 other Blau individuals and 40 Blau's at the old Mikulov(Nikolsburg), Czech cemetery
Note: Dr. David Spiegel, Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine profile and 1999 Palo Alto Weekly article on David and his parents. His father Herbert, was a clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and a pioneer in the use of hypnosis in clinical practice. See Sybil: The Making of a Disease?- an interview with Dr. Herbert Spiegel and Herbert's & David's Trance and Treatment book on Amazon. David's mother Natalie, a feminist analyst, has written some 80 papers as well as the book Sweet Suffering, also on Amazon.com
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