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*Names already added on Geni. Information also provided by Tom Adler below, including most of the Notes by his father Hubert Joachim Adler -- Last update January 27, 2010
Note: Joachim studied high school in Brno (Brünn), Moravia and then Medicine at the University of Vienna. He specialized in homeopathic medicine. After his marriage to Franziska, he moved to Eisenschitz =Eibenschütz? in Moravia and became a county physician. Every day Joachim bundled his medicines in a bag and hitched his horse to a buggy to make his rounds amid the farmers who often paid in kind, or not at all. Much like my own father 80 years later, Joachim lacked the talent for collecting money for medical services. Hard as he worked, he could not earn enough to ensure the financial security of Fanni and the children. He was so popular that a grandson of his, Alfred Adler, when visiting Eisenschitz in about 1910, was recognized by the old peasants of this area and was called by the same nickname his grandfather had been given: “unser Herrgotterl” (our little god). And that happened about 55 years after Joachim Adler’s death, who died of typhoid fever contracted from a patient, and therefore told his wife to "never allow any of the children to become a doctor". His widow was awarded a “Gnadenpension” meaning a pension by the grace of the Emperor Franz Joseph. The stipulation was that the money should be spent for the upbringing and education of the children. Franciska, or Fanni as the family called her, came from a Sudeten German merchant family who instilled in her a love of education that she would pass on to her children. Although there may have been several reasons for the move to Vienna, it is likely that Fanni wanted her children to have the greater educational opportunities that Vienna offered. Fanni’s decision was a boon to 9-year-old Guido as his musical interests emerged and ultimately transformed his life.
The success of the family can be traced to the strength and devotion of the widowed Fanni, who her son Guido called “the best, most gentle and tender mother.” As a young woman she used to sing and accompany herself on guitar, an early influence on the blossoming musical interest of her son. But as the years passed, the hardship of raising six children alone weighed on her spirits. As Guido wrote cryptically in his memoirs, “Later on she didn't feel like singing anymore.”
*Guido Adler papers also mention Clemence & Carla Eisenschitz, Felicie Eisenschitz, Fritz & Lislott Eisenschitz (birthday also signed by Carlo and Yolanda., Malvine), Karl Eisenschitz, Leopold Eisenschitz, Maud Eisenschitz, Otto Eisenschitz (1863 - ), Fanni (nee Eisenschitz) Adler
Note: Nobody ever found out what he was doing for a living. Hubert Adler suspects him being a card shark most of the time. He also was connected rather loosely with the operetta world, mainly with the actresses in this thespian endeavor. Wherever members of the rather doubtful society would gather, Otto would join the crowd, attired rather gaily
Note: Carl, like his older brother, he liked to “live it up” but he was luckier than his brother money wise. He emigrated as a young man to Italy (Milan) as Robert, Clementine and Bertha had done. Carl became a merchant and made a sizable fortune. He stayed single (but not chaste) for a long time. This kind of life cost him his health, that he tried to retrieve by frequent visits to spas. These were not the only excursions he took, on one of them he met a rather stunning lady of easy virtue, the locale was a house of ill repute. He married her, the entire family was shocked with the exception of Guido, who had rather liberal ideas about love and similar activities, his friend Johannes Brahms was a frequent visitor to such a house. While the entire family lay in a state of negativism, my Guido invited Carl and his wife to his home; Betty, a true Victorian lady, did not object. The newly acquired wife proved to be a really beautiful and well behaved girl of about 40, she was of peasant stock, the usual source of supply in Italy. We all got along fabulously; the family heard about the incredible: that their most respected and famous member, Guido Adler, had accepted “that woman” with open arms, well the next best to it, anyway. After the timely demise of Carl, his widow inherited his fortune that she appropriately bequeathed to the church
Note: Neither her mother or Bertha were physically attractive but both had grace, charm and wisdom. A young, dashing and handsome Italian officer fell in love with Bertha, but she refused several times to marry him, until she finally consented and it became one of the happiest marriages... see more on Adler stories page - under the Stories tab
Note: Carletto, was a very talented child with a remarkable memory, while being only 5 years old his hobby was being able to tell exactly where every railroad train was anywhere in Europe at any given time, something like playing several games of chess simultaneously. He married a lovely Italian aristocrat, a true member of the La Dolce Vita clan. He was gorged to death while driving at night on a narrow road, he had not noticed a cart heading towards him, his wife was sitting next to him. Carletto had tried to help his Jewish relatives in Vienna by flying into Hitler-occupied Vienna and asking everybody what he could do for them
Note: Robert, being very energetic and active, caused his untimely death by internal injuries by moving heavy machinery. He founded the Italian branch of the family by taking his wife and his older sister Clementine, after she had lost her husband, along to Milan
Note: same as on Natl. Lib. of Czech? ".. Na -žádost firmy pro zboží rukodělné Ig. Leitersdorf, Moric Leitersdorfa syn v Prešpurku (=Bratislava), konstatuje vídeňský »polek věřitelů, že firma tato není totožná s firmou továrny na umělé hedvábí Moric Leitersdorfa a spol. v Prešpurku.."?
Note: Like his other brother and sisters he reentered Vienna, because the way Leo started his career in Vienna, Berlin and Italy can be likened to a meteoric event. Besides playing the Italian mandolin in a rather romantic mood and distributing photos of this activity with Leo disguised as a gondoliere, he studied hard and very successfully, engineering, electrical engineering to be exact. At A.E.G. he was given the task to electrify the Steam engine system of the communications system of Greater Berlin, a truly gigantic task. Choosing to try Politics, he was elected a City Father of Greater Berlin.. see more on Adler stories
Note: Edo went to Vienna together with his widowed mother and his sisters and brother after the death of his father. Different than his brother Leo, after high school he volunteered for one year service in the Austro-Hungarian infantry, a very patriotic Austrian until the time he went back to Milan and started selling something. Edo became one of the charter members of the Italian Fascist party, his prior enthusiasm for the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and their Apostolic leading family notwithstanding. But that happened after the downfall of the Austrian Empire so that was alright and the proper thing to do, especially for a newfangled Italian salesman. What happened to Edo and his family later on during the German occupation is unknown
Note: Rudolph started a factory of metal goods in Vienna where he invented and patented a metal folding cot that was a huge success. He became conservative and rather proud of his being one quarter non-Jewish. He would always make anti semitic remarks whenever possible but not in the presence of my father, who was known for his tolerance toward all and any faith and race. Rudolph would, of course, mention the name of the family, Egger, that so graciously had supplied with him one quarter of that distinguishing commodity, called Arian blood. When caught by the “Anschluss” (the invasion of Austria by the Nazis), at first Rudolph thought that his 1/4 blood would save him and his non 1/4 blooded wife. Only after he had received a rather serious head wound did he realize that being an anti-Semite would not make up for his shameful ancestry. So Rudolph and Fanni emigrated to the United States. Rudolph had no trouble finding employment as an engineer (a key-man, at that) in a Trenton, New Jersey factory. After WWII Rudolph, being 70, lost his job. Both Rudolph and his wife went back to Italy where they visited their daughter in her nunnery and then proceeded to Vienna, where some kind of property settlement was achieved by them (the factory and their villa had been “taken over” by the Nazis, of course). They then returned to the States, where Fanni went to work in a Fifth Avenue store in New York City. Rudolph tried to set himself up as a consulting engineer but did not succeed. By some kind of arrangement that probably involved some of their recovered funds from Vienna, a settlement was worked out with, of all places, the Hebrew Home For the Aged on the Grand Concourse, The Bronx, New York. I refrained from visiting with them there, as was sure that I could not stand their double standard in such surroundings. Rudolph tried to convince me, while still in Trenton, that I should see the light and that the change-over from the Old to the New World was the proper time to do that
Note: Hubert Adler: I recall my return from WWII; my last station had been in Zagreb (Yugoslavia). I returned by train and was stranded in a Southern suburb of Vienna, unable to proceed to my parents home 10 miles to the North. It was evening and I went to Rudolph’s nearby town apartment, where I was welcomed by everybody including the little girl, who performed a silent triumphant welcome dance for me, unrehearsed of course. It was that little, spontaneous act that stuck to my mind, superseding many other events in my life. Liselotte grew up to be a vivacious and rather coquettish girl, full of mischief and well supplied with lipstick (a rather unusual state of affairs in those days). The Salzers, obviously under the influence of the Italian branch of the family, switched from Protestantism to Catholicism, and Liselotte all of a sudden and early in life, became a "Nun" in Italy, surviving the German invasion of Italy in her nunnery. She had been promoted to Abbess
Note: Ernst set himself up as the boss of the family after the early death of his older brother Robert. In this self-appointed capacity he antagonized his younger brother Guido greatly. For example he (Ernst) opposed Guido’s from a law carrier to musicology and interfered in the financial aspects of his marriage. Ernst insisted on a cash settlement of the dowry, thereby embarrassing Guido’s bride and her father. Finally a mortgage settlement was forced on the Berger family at the time the Berger business was on the decline. Guido never got over the haughty and indiscreet way Ernst handled himself; Ernst also looked down on the field of musicology as some kind of foolishness; that, too was greatly resented by Guido, so much so, that my he shunned the company of his brother, wife and of his children
Note: Leopold ran away from home and became an actor in the old German (Goethean) style. He also wrote poems, plays and novels. His ideal was Theodore Fontane (1819-98), one of the greatest ballad writers of all time. On his infrequent visits to Guido Adler's home, he would recite to no end poems and ballads, much to the delight of his children. He was strangely enough enamored with the North German cultural milieu, probably because of his infatuation with Fontane’s work. The marriage was childless; they adopted rather late in life a Swedish girl of illegitimate birth (said to be the daughter of a Swedish prince and a Swedish commoner, the daughter of a forest ranger). One of the most beautiful girls Hubert Adler (Guido's son) son ever seen, he knew her when she was about 5 years of age, a ray of light in her almost white-blonde hair that contrasted to her penetrating violet-blue eyes. She lost her foster parents when she was about 14 and was brought up in Leipzig by friends of her parents, who cared for her lovingly. However, the influence of Leipzig on this Swedish girl was not too good. She became a Germanic girl. When I met her again in my parents house, the Swedish princess had turned into a juvenile Walkuere. Nevertheless, Guido's wife still liked her so much, that she wanted her son to marry her. Hubert pretended to be secretly engaged and thereby escaped his mother’s plans. Ingrid later moved to Kiel, Germany and married a good Nazi
*Simon Berger moved to Bratislava (Pressburg), Slovakia because he was unable to receive a marriage license in Austria. He was a 2nd son and only 1st born sons were given marriage licenses. Simon & his son Heinrich Berger moved to Vienna (Austria) where the son had to register as a servant in the household of a licensed banker because he (H.B.) could not get a permit to stay in Vienna, unless he occupied a servant’s job. Both Heinrich and his parents moved to Vienna in 1848 (the year of the revolution). In 1850, father and son opened a licensed wholesale firm under the name of "S. Berger & Son", becoming members of the Chamber of Commerce (Whole-Sale Division). They dealt with India, importing indigo (a plant yielding a violet-blue dyestuff). At first the firm was located at Vienna, Muenzerstrasse 686 but then moved to Gonzagagasse 5 in 1860, where they both lived and had their place of business. Both had to pay Jew Tax up to 1864. Heinrich's eldest son Theodor took over his father’s firm when he died early from Tb. His mother inherited 7 million dollars. Ernst became a painter and switched later to the theory of painting. He wrote a two volume treatise, his name is still world-renown in his field.
Note:see his grandson's Tom Adler below Blog Warriormemoirs OR on wikipedia: "..one of the founders of musicology as a discipline (Musikwissenschaft). He was also among the first scholars in music to recognize the relevance of sociocultural factors to music (Musiksoziologie), thereby providing a broader context for aesthetic criticism which, with biography, had been the primary focus of 19th century music scholarship. Empirical study was for him the most important part of the discipline. His own emphasis was on the music of Austria, specifically the music of the First Viennese School: Haydn, Mozart and their contemporaries.." OR on Jewish Encyclopedia,OR Guido Adler papers,OR a biography, OR reference co-founder of modern musicology along with Ignaz Friedmann (l882-1948) OR click on the image of an amazon book "Gustav Mahler and Guido Adler - Records of a Friendship", whose family is also on this web site
- Dr. Melanie Karoline "Meli" ADLER Born: Jan 12, 1888 in Prague, Bohemia. Residence: Lannerstrasse 9, Döbling, Vienna, Last residence before deportation: Wipplingerstrasse 24, Vienna. Died: 1942? did not survive May 8, 1945 declared by district court of Vienna *see biography
- Dr. med Hubert Joachim “Achim” ADLER Born: Apr 25, 1894 in Vienna. Married: 1930 Residence: Aug 5, 1938 emigrated to USA. Died: 1964 + Marianne FISCHMANN Siblings: Lisl Fischmann Father: Otto Fischmann banker Mother: Ida (?)
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