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Friedmann Textile

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Origin of our Friedmann ancestors is still unknown, although their earliest links are to Senica (Szenitz), Slovakia, with birth/deaths in Budapest, Hungary and Vienna, Austria. Heinrich, fabrikant from Szenitz death cert. was married in Prostějov (Prossnitz), Moravia (Mähren), Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia)

2005 Šternberk Post Office - Friedmann Family Textile Factory & Home 1863-1886 2005 Šternberk Post Office - Friedmann Family Textile Factory & Home 1863-1886

In 1850, the Friedmann family opened a Textile business in the town of Šternberk (Sternberg) Šternberk.org people siteČeský. 1852: Anton Heeg, Ignatz Schottik and Heinrich Friedmann formed a firm named "Heeg, Schottik & Friedmann", 1863: Johann Kuntner sold the building to "Anton Heeg & Heinrich Friedmann", 1868: the partnership dissolved, Anton sold his share to Heinrich, who died in 1891. Ludwig Friedmann inherited the building and sold it in 1909 to "K. K. Allgemeine Verkehrbank Wien". The buildings history goes back to 1562 and as of 1950, it has been Šternberk's Post Office. *see Heeg & Friedmann in 1865 Bohemia, Moravia, Austrian Silesia, Krakow business directory (in German) or OR our Town Šternberk (Sternberg) story OR Jewish history of Moravia "..The city of Sternberg, whence Jews had been expelled in 1562, passed a resolution that it would never allow a Jew to settle there" (Allg. Zeit. des Jud. 1849, p. 506)

Heeg & Friedmann Textile in Sternberk(Sternberg), Moravia, Czech. on Nadrazni 6 (1800's) Heeg + Friedmann Textile factory built on Nadrazni 6 St., Sternberg/Sternberk, Czech - 1800's
Heeg & Friedmann Textile in Šternberk, Moravia - Profit article  (in Czech) Heeg + Friedmann Textile factory built on Nadrazni 6 St., Sternberg/Sternberk, Czech (1886-1946)

In 1886, new and larger "Heeg a Friedmann Textile" factory was built on Bahnstrasse 6 als Käufer (now Nádražní, Šternberk). The factory was a: Českýmechanická tkalcovna na lněné a bavlněné zboží producing ČeskýLeinwand, Baumwoll-Leinwand, Kanevas, Gradl, Inlets, Barchent (farbig und weiss), Chiffons. *See: e-sternberk.euCzech & Profit.czCzech (2008) - Tkadlec tělem i duší: ".. Heinrich Friedmann - Jewish businessman has significantly contributed to the industrial development of Moravian Šternberk founding in the late 19th century mechanical weaving cloth, which employed up to 400 people.."

Arthur Friedmann, son of Bernhard and nephew of Heinrich continued in the family business, with Arthur + Leonie (Bohm) Friedmanna sales office in Niederlage at Vienna (Wien I, Rudolfsplatz 13), Friedmann textile Factory on Nádražní road pre-1948 demolition in Šternberk, Moravia, CZ first District, Rudolf square, house number 13. The Friedmann factory, was the second largest industrial employer in Šternberk/Sternberg (after the tobacco factory) & for some 70 years, they employed up to 400 workers at any given time.  The factory was "self sufficient", with it's own water and electricity. First floor had offices and shop floor,second floor apartments, where Leonie (Böhm) Friedmann had a part-time apartment and daughter Anne (Friedmann) + Johann "Hans" Klimesch, with their children *Adele (Heidi), Rudolf and Arthur lived (picture below left). Johann, who was associated with the factory since 1912, became it's manager and eventually it's owner. Besides the factory, the property included a large garden, land next to the factory - leased Arthur Friedmann - "Ex Libris" of Sternberk/Sternberg, Moravia & Viennato a farmer and (2) buildings across the street (property line map below). Arthur and Leonie lived full time at Bellaria 4 house, in Vienna. Friedmann textile Factory on Nádražní road 1948 demolition in Šternberk, Moravia, CZ

Besides the Heeg & Friedmann textile, there was also Gröeger (Kurt) textile, later becoming Moravia (Mora-Top appliance mfg) and about 10 other smallertextile firms. Both factories and all their properties were confiscated in 1946 by the town. The worth of the stolen land, factory & all assets is estimated at $20 million dollars. It took until 1948 before an "official confiscation document" was issued by Sternberg re; Heeg & Friedmann.Friedmann textile Factory on Nádražní road post-1948 demolition in Šternberk, Moravia, CZThe town gave or sold it to Vigona, but they were unable to determine the factory's future and "demolished it" in 1950's Adele was aware of the demolition, but could not go and see it up close, as it hurt too much, but did see the chimney fall down from afar. The communists wanted to make make sure - there were no "structures for possible claims", since the country was becoming "Officially Communist" in 1948. The Gröeger family was deported to Russia, as was tried with Johann, but he faked his "heart attack", returning home 3 days later, and thereafter, emigrating to Canada. *Vigona was bought by Fibertex of Svitavy in 2004.

19xx - Rohel family in Šternberk - front left: Petr, Adele(Heidi), Jan, Miroslav, Jana -back left: Pavel, Dáša, Majka, Zdeněk     193x - Heidi, Rudolf, Anne (Friedmann), Arthur and Johann Klimesh in Sternberg/Šternberk Factory-Home Only Adele Klimesch (age 21) remained behind in 1948 Šternberk/Sternberg, as a result of meeting captain Miroslav ROHEL in 1947. However, "they did not know" - the country would become and remain Communist, under Russia's control and closed borders. Adele remembers, when their Factory & Home was being demolished, but did not and could not, go see the injustice up close, only viewing the chimney falling down, from afar. Miroslav + Adele ended up working at Moravia, where co-workers were told "not to talk to them by the Communists", but more will be included on life in Šternberk elsewhere, including our family of (9) 1969 escape to Vienna, before coming to Canada.

p.s. There were other relatives of ours such as; Brüder Böhm HatsEnglish/Český (2,000 employees) in Novy Jicin(Neutitshein), Morawetz & Oberländer textile factories in UpiceČeský(Eypel), Grünfeld-textile in Humpolec, Žatec or?, Hirsch textile in Hořice & others, who also lost their assets to the Czechoslovakian communists and not the Nazi's. Several of the families also owned factories, businesses and properties in Vienna, which were taken by the Nazi's: Friedmann-textile, Böhm-textile, Wolf-rug & curtain, Kantor-private bank, Winter-private bank, Kary-textile, etc. *see Stories 

(X) = Line of former Textile Factory: “Heeg & Friedmann” in Sternberg(now Šternberk). Built 1886, confiscated 1946,  demolished 1948. Owners: *Arthur + Leonie (nee Bohm) Friedmann, later Johann + Anne (nee Friedmann) Klimesch
Planned renovations on our: 1886-1946 Friedmann-Klimesch Factory Property in Šternberk, Moravia, Czech Republic
What's on our Property Now?
8-Apartment Buildings=Sídliště Nádražní, Gas Station owned by Benzina, a.s., new Věžní Property line of our 1886-1946 Friedmann-Klimesch Factory Properety in Šternberk, Moravia, Czech RepublicRoad (ulice) and 2 other Buildings (currently unknown). We have no idea who the present owners of the properties are, but "no compensation" was ever received for the stolen properties from the town of Šternberk, the Czech government or anyone else, something I would like to rectify.

Note: *see article re; Benzina a.s.: Sep. 2006 Polish PKN Orlen’s streamlining at Unipetrol also includes unloading within the next 18 months as many as 50 substandard and poorly located filling stations belonging to Unipetrol subsidiary Benzina AS. Unipetrol will maintain its 330-station total by buying other stations from competitors AND The Richest Czech Keeps a Secret AND Jul 14, 2004 Sale of Nádražní ApartmentsČeský "Výměny bytů. Zájemcům o koupi bytů do osobního nebo družstevního vlastnictví: Pokud bydlíte v nájemních bytech města nebo případně ijiných vlastníků a máte zájem o výměnu těchto bytů s byty, jejichž nabídka ke koupi právě probíhá (sídliště Uničovská, Nádražní 2,4,6).." AND Jan 6, 2006 Renovations plan (below): Šternberk upraví sídlištěČeský"..Revitalizace by se měla dočkat sídliště v ulicích Nádražní, Uničovská a Jiráskova, patřící k nejlidnatějším lokalitám ve městě. Anketu mezi obyvatelstvem radnice uspořádá během ledna .."

*Do you have additional pictures or "Heeg & Friedmann" items? Please contact me.


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