Happy Birthday , Mom!!

Today would have been my mother’s 88th birthday. Doris Lichtenthal Falcone was born on March 5, 1932. She passed away on December 2, 2011, a few months before her 80th birthday. Mom always wanted to come to America. “For the jazz,” she always told me. In honor of her birthday, I would like to share […]

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January 27, 2020 -International Holocaust Rememberance Day

I have begun work on my newest project: the story of my great-grandfather’s quest for reparations following the loss of his businesses to the Nazis in 1938 Vienna, Austria. Despite signs all around them, Sigmund Lichtenthal and his wife, the former Rosa Berger did not deem the situation dire enough to leave Vienna. My research […]

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#52 Ancestors – #27 – Independence

Did you miss me? Or at least my weekly posts? I returned last week from our fabulous Grand Circle “Great Rivers of Europe” trip cruising from Amsterdam to Vienna, Austria. If you follow me on Facebook, you were able to keep up with our daily activities. If not, and you’re interested, I’m on Facebook as […]

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  The lives of my mother and her family were changed forever one day in March 1938. On that day, the Nazis appropriated my great-grandfather’s business. As he (Sigmund Lichtenthal) explained in a letter written years later,  “The firm, Lital, came to a natural end when Austria was occupied by […]

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Sigmund Lichtenthal – Expert

 Sigmund Lichtenthal was my maternal great-grandfather. While I don’t remember him at all, I have definitely formed an impression of his personality. My mom used to tell me that Sigmund’s business card identified him as an “expert” – no mention of what he was an “expert in, however.  I figured she was exaggerating. After all, who would have […]

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Rene Berger

 Rene Mendel was born in Budapest, Hungary on September 3, 1883. She was the third and youngest child of Jacob Berger and the former Cecilie Schoen. Rene’s sister, Rosa (b. 1875) married Sigmund Lichtenthal in 1899, becoming my maternal great-grandmother. Rene’s brother Rudolph was born in 1872. Rene married Adolf Mendl. They had one son, […]

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