There is work piling up on my desktop. Lots of it. And I have been working on the history of the Jewish community in Mór, Fejér, Hungary, from whence my father's family sprang ... so, no more delving into ebay photographs for a while.
And then, I dipped in for just a moment, with my morning cuppa ... and I found these. Named. A family? And from name and face, clearly Jewish ...
|Frederick Otto Feilmann|
|Paul Richard Lewenz|
|Agnes Gertrude Feilmann|
|Martin Ernest Feilmann|
|Julia Augusta Goldschmidt|
Dr Fritz Eduard Ganzl
Amalie Sara Czuczka
Charlotte (Lola) Czuczka
Rosalia Felsenburg (Löwenberg)
Rosalia (Sali) Sara Hofbauer
Aron Luria de Lemos
Gabriel Luria de Lemos
Emma Eva Luria
Ah! He's covered on the internet. I wonder why. German Jewish merchant. ah! findagrave, as so often, comes us trumps ... he's a business contact rather than a family one.
'Sigismund Heinersdorff brought Paul Schwerin into the Berlin lace and tulle company Freudenberg & Meyer as an apprentice. He became well-established there, being appointed an authorized signatory. In 1875, he married Klara Antonie née Freudenberg, his boss’s daughter, and became co-owner of the business. Paul and Antonie Schwerin had two children: a daughter Martha, born in 1876, and a son Hans, born two years later. Martha married the merchant Sally Salomon, with whom she had three daughters: Käte (born 1900), Trude (born 1902) and Lotte Salomon (born 1908). (Source: Jewish Museum Berlin)'
And what about this lot. Edwin Waterhouse (1841-1917) accountant from Aigburth, with wife Georgina Emma Catherine born Thöl (1848-1896), seen in the 1881 census at Hyde Park Street, London, with children Agnes Mary, Theresa, William, Nicholas Edwin and Ellen Penelope Mary. And six servants. Their photos are surely from the same collection ..
|Edwin, of Price, Waterhouse (1868)|
Sad, we've missed one member again. Unless this is Edwin II (aged 21) rather than Edwin I, as labelled elsewhere on the web.
|Agnes and the future Sir Nicholas|
|Henry Iwan Lewenz|
|The Luria brothers: Aaron Abraham, Joseph and Leo Jessaia|
Joseph died in Manchester in 1925 unmarried. Aron and Leo were murdered in the death camp of Theresienstadt ...
John Leo Lewenz was born on 28 August 1867 in Arthur Street in the Sherwood sub-district of Nottingham. His parents Pius Lewenz and wife Louise Feilmann lived in Gill Street in Nottingham. In 1881, aged fourteen, he was one of ten scholars attending a small boarding school in Hampstead run by a German teacher with a PhD.
Only five years later his father Pius died. John Leo followed his father into Simon May & Co Ltd. In 1887 branch offices were established in France at Calais, and later at Caudry, and in 1920 the French subsidiary Company Société Simon-May was formed. The Calais organization was for many years under his management and he lived for over 30 years in northern France and became quite portly on the good cooking. John Leo Lewenz was remembered as a lovely man and very kind. He earned £2000 a year before the First World War which was a fabulous salary, but the war was ruinous and his wealth shrank substantially. In 1914 he was living at 5 Quai de la Tamise in the centre of Calais. He never married.
When the firm became a limited liability company in 1924, John Leo became Vice Chairman and in 1928 he took over as Chairman. From at least 1922 to 1930 he lived at 7 Clumber Crescent South, The Park, in Nottingham but by 1937 he had moved to 21 Newcastle Drive, The Park. He retired as Chairman in March 1941 and died two months later on 16 May, aged seventy three, at the Convent Nursing Home in Mansfield Road, Nottingham. His funeral took place at the Jewish Cemetery at Wilford Hill in Nottingham on 19 May and he was cremated.
The Nottingham Evening Post reported his death on 16 May 1941 as follows:
Prominent City Business Man - Death of Mr J. Leo Lewenz Nottingham has lost one of its most prominent and respected business men by the death today of Mr. John Leo Lewenz, of 21 Newcastle-drive, The Park. Mr Lewenz was born in Nottingham in 1867, and was educated at Nottingham High School and in London. He joined the firm Simon, May and Co., Ltd., lace manufacturers, Nottingham, at the time when Mr. Jacob Weinberg, who founded the business, and Mr. Pius Lewenz, deceased’s father, were partners In 1887 he became associated with the Calais branch of the firm, and it was through his enterprise that this branch became the leading export house in Calais. Mr. Lewenz returned to Nottingham in 1918. He had been chairman of the company since the death of Mr. Paul Meyer in 1928. When he celebrated his 50th anniversary with the firm in 1934, his fellow directors presented him with a portrait in oils, painted by Denholm Davis, the Nottinghamshire artist. Mr. Lewenz was a member of the council of the Chamber of Commerce, and made valuable contributions to their discussions. His varied experience was of the greatest benefit to the Chamber, especially in connection with the currency problems. Mr. Lewenz was a member of the Reform Club. Musical Interests. He had wide musical interests, and was an accomplished musician, particularly as an accompanist. Science and arts claimed his keen interest. He was a great student of history and owned an extensive collection of historical works. As proof of his deep interest in the subject, he took with him, when he entered the nursing home a few weeks ago, volumes relating to two histories of Greece, which he hoped to read during his convalescence. Mr. Lewenz possessed a generous nature. His acts of kindness were manifold. Never did he seek publicity
He left £3400. His will gave a third of his estate directly to his nephew Humphrey, bypassing Humphrey’s parents Emil and Frida, and two thirds to his brother Walter. The intention was for Walter to divide this between his own daughter Edith and his second wife.
The magnificent oil portrait of John Leo Lewenz, mentioned in the newspaper article above, about three feet by two feet, painted in 1934 by Denholm Davis, was inherited by his niece Edith Simons. On Edith’s death, the portrait was passed to her son Martin Simons (Simon Goodman, geni)