For the last year Freud’s Butcher has introduced
us to the members of the Kornmehl family. The
blog began with information on 8 Kornmehl
siblings, their Vienna family butcher shop and
its association with Sigmund Freud.
Never one to leave a stone unturned, I
wanted to help complete the history of the
VK8 — the 8 Kornmehl siblings we were
introduced to in Freud’s Butcher’s original
The Farber family has been mentioned
several times in Freud’s Butcher. The
entries allude to the fact that their family
history remained a mystery.
Leib (Leopold) Farber was born in Winiary, a town near
Poznan in Poland. He married Reisel (Resi) Kornmehl
in Vienna in 1903.
Leib moved from Vienna to France with his wife, likely
in late 1938,with passport #38900 issued by the
Viennese Police. They lived in Paris until early 1940
when they received this entrance card to Brazil.
Leib’s profession is listed as an acougueiro,
a butcher, similar to other members of the
Vienna Kornmehl family.
Leib (Leopold) Farber was quite industrious when he
lived in Vienna . He was more than a butcher.
According to business records in the Magistrate’s Office in
Vienna, a partnership was recorded for a business owned
by Farber and Kornmehl in 1912.
The Office produced the following information regarding
The business associates were listed as Leopold
Farber, coffee shop owner and Sigmund
Kornmehl, businessman. The document states the
purpose was to open a coffee business in
Vienna, located in the second bezirk on
Ausstellungsstrasse Street #27.
Established in the spring 1912.
The business closed on 3/28/1941.
Resi (Reisel/Theresa) Kornmehl Farber was
born in Radlow, Poland on 12/25/1877. She
was granted a separate visa to Brazil from
Herma and Ludvik Alt had
applied to become citizens when
they arrived in Brazil . Several years
went by before they were granted
permanent citizenship. This was
noted in the newspaper:
“In 1943 the Alts became partial owners of a
company called " Decal Lumax Ltd " which
acted "in manufacturing and operating labels
decal intended for all purposes“.
P. n. 16.751-13, de Decalcomania Lumax Ltda., para
efeito de aumento de capital Virti Cr$ 62.000,00
cabendo a cada sócio a sabaa•
Herma Alt e Ludvik Alt, Cr$ 31.000.00 — fabrico
exploração de etiquetas de decalcomania
destinadas a todos os fins. Tempo ilideterminado.
Arquivado sob o n. 159.038.
P. n. 16751-13, for Lumax Decal
Ltd., For the purpose of capital
increase Cr $ 62,000.00
Herma Alt and Ludvik Alt
$ 31.000.00 - manufacturing and
operating labels decal intended
for all purposes. Time
ilideterminado. Filed under
Bill of Sale
In 1945 Ernest applied for a visa to visit his mother and father
in Brazil. He was a citizen of the Dominican Republic.
Initially it was thought that Ernest might have been part of
the Dominican Republic Jewish community living in Sosua
during the war. In regard to that community:
In 1938, Rafael Trujillo, the Dominican Republic
dictator, offered to take in Jews. Between 1940-
1945, Dominican visas were issued for 645 Jews. The refugees
settled in Sosua, a tiny seacoast town near a jungle. Trujillo
established the town with funding from the American Joint
Jewish settlers were provided with 80 acres of land, 10
cows, a mule and a horse. Most of the settlers were
German or Austrian Jews.
In Sosua they eventually established a successful Jewish
cooperative—Productos Sosua—which produces most
of the country's meat and dairy produce.
Further research showed that a smaller Jewish
community in the Dominican Republic had been
established in Cuidad Trujillo (Santo Domingo)
three hours from Sosua.
Additional information on Ernest Farber ‘s
work history revealed that he actually did live
in Cuidad Trujillo and was engaged in a
familiar family profession….
Ernest was in the meat business, like his uncles and cousin.
He was an administrator in a matadero = slaughterhouse.
Ernest was an administrator at Matadero Industrial, an industrial
slaughterhouse (see postcard below). It was located in CUIDAD TRUJILLO
(a city named after the dictator Trujillo, later renamed Santo Domingo, DR)
In 1953, Ernest again applied for a visa to visit his mother in
Brazil. Padre (Leib ) was listed as fallecido = dead
Once again, in 1956, he applied for a visa to visit his mother in
Brazil. This time he updated his picture and used Kornmehl
as his last name.
Accompanying Ernest in 1956 was his lovely wife, Maria de la
Conception Menendez who was born in Spain.
This ends the story of the
Farbers, the final chapter in the
history of the Vienna Kornmehl
family. A remarkable story of
survival against all odds.
In deepest appreciation to:
• Blima Lorber- Journalist, genealogy investigator and
e-friend from Curitiba Brazil .
• Isaac Lalo- Secretary of the synagogue “Centro
Israelita de la Republic Dominicana” (Santo
Domingo, Dominican Republic)
• Mag. Wolf-Erich Eckstein and Irma Wulz-
Curators, Vienna Jewish Records at Israelitische
Kultusgemeinde Wien .
• Daniella Kimmich for translation of documents
In deepest appreciation to:
• Sylvia Schwarz- Sosua Jewish Museum archivist
• The Municipal and Provincial Archives
personnel, city of Vienna, Austria
• Misha Mitsel, JDC (Joint Distribution Committee)
Senior Archivist, New York
• Dr. Hillel Koren for translation of documents
• Edie Jarolim- for the inspiration to pursue the fate of
lost members of the Vienna Kornmehl family
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