07/29/14

1938 Maccabi Football Club?

From Gabriele Weissmann…

I found this [among] my uncle’s photos. I wonder if anybody recognizes a person. Also, in the background, a building which looks solid enough to have survived the war. Maybe it still stands. I believe it is a Maccabi football team. On the back of the photo is says only “Czernowitz 1938″.
Gabriele

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07/5/14

The Czernowitzer Philipp Rubel at the Outbreak of WW I

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Exactly 100 years ago today, on July 5, 1914 the Austrian magazine “Wiener Bilder” leaded on the front page with a photograph, which became an icon of photography for the coming decades. It shows allegedly the capture of Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife and provided the pretext for Austria-Hungary’s invasion of Serbia, which then led to World War I.

But was the detained person really Gavrilo Princip? Who was the photographer? How did it come into the media? Questions upon questions! We get the right answers by the Austrian editor and photo historian Anton Holzer, who published his research under the headline “The Murderer, Who Wasn’t”:

http://diepresse.com/home/spectrum/zeichenderzeit/766288/Der-Morder-der-keiner-war

To make a long story short: It wasn’t Gavrilo Princip on the photo, but his schoolmate Ferdo Behr, mistaken for the assassin. The photographer remains anonymus, but the CZERNOWITZER, who brought this photo into orbit was PHILIPP RUBEL, who ran a small postcard publishing company in Vienna, Porzellangasse 60. Above all, Philipp Rubel is related to our fellow member Ken Cutler, who wrote to me in 2012:

“A complete bio of Philipp Rubel, from my standpoint is as yet not possible. What I do know is that he was one of 12 sibs from Cz. He moved to Vienna, married twice and his daughter, Erika, came to the US in 1939 and stayed with my cousin Stanley for about 1 year. Stan lost track of her and I tracked her down and found her son and his children, she passed by the time I found her. Philipp and his wife Sabine were killed or died in the Shoah and Erika made an application for reparations in Austria. I have the address where Philipp and I believe other family members lived from researches and it’s the address indicated at his death. That address matches the letterhead on his letters to Stan’s mother, Helen. He was born 12 Dec 1871 and died 26 Oct 1938. That address was 1090 Porzellangasse 60, Wien, Austria. You have me hooked now, what is the mystery??”

What a thrilling story, but unfortunately, dear Ken, although I tried hard, I didn’t succeed to discover more on Philipp Rubel. On the other hand I’m positive, that you – and others – will enjoy Philipp’s contribution to WW I.

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Porzellangasse 60 in Vienna

06/21/14

Pre WWI photos from Czernowitz Staatsgymnasium (via Ann Perry)

Dear Czernowitzers,

Ann Perry, a new list member from Ireland, would like to share these photos with you.  Below is a note she wrote with more details.

Bruce Reisch

“Back in March of this year I  was clearing out a room in my parents’ house in Gloucestershire, England. This room had long been used as a storage room/oubliette and was crammed with old stuff accumulated over decades. Here I found an old suitcase which my father must have brought from my grandparents house after they died in the ’70s. The case was full of family photographs and curiously, two large photos from pre WW1 Czernovitz. One photograph is a ‘graduation ‘ montage  made up of individual, miniature photos of the students and teachers from a class at the Czernovitz Staatsgymnasium in 1911, with names under each miniature. The other photograph is of most of the same bunch of students and teachers takenCzernowitzGymnasiumclassphoto002 CzernowitzGymnasiumclassphoto004
a few years earlier. I have no idea how these photographs came to be in my grand-parents possession.  Research into my family background has not yet revealed any  Czernovitz conection.
I’ve joined the list because I want to share these photographs from pre-1st World War Czernowitz. My knowledge of european history isn’t great so I hadn’t heard of Czernowitz before finding these pictures. As I might have said already, as far as I know, my father’s family were from generations of modest, rural, english, (mostly) working class people centred around Staffordshire and Gloucestershire in England. I have no reason to suppose that any of my ancestors were educated at the Czernowitz Staatgymnasium!  A mystery then. Nevertheless, on seeing these images for the 1st time, I felt compelled to find out more about Czernowitz, the history of the time and the appalling horror of what came later. There is a name (and address in Vienna) stamped on the back of the group photograph, of a man who graduated from the Czernowitz Gymnasim in 1912. From this and various database sites I have managed to trace this man’s daughter who came to England as a refugee with the ‘Kindertransport’ programme sometime in the late 1930s and who is now living in North West London. With the help of the Association of Jewish Refugees, the original photographs will be returned to her shortly. Meanwhile, I think that these photographs could be of interest to Czernovitzers everywhere. So, here they are………………………Best wishes to all, Ann Perry,  Ireland.”
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Czernowitz Imperial-Royal I. State Gymnasium Graduates 1911/1912 as per
http://czernowitz.blogspot.de/2009/03/the-imperial-and-royal-state-gymnasium.html

1.Staatsgymnasium_1910-11_8.A_KlasseAdditional list of students for class pictured above, generously supplied by Irene Fishler!

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