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Zithering with Leo

Though I can scrounge up no personal memory of actually hearing my great-grandpa Leo play the zither, I have long known that he did. Perhaps his hands were no longer dexterous … Continue reading

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Doing the HAPAG Flip

No, I’m not learning the latest dance craze. I’m trying to interpret this photo from my great-grandpa Leo’s collection. On the back of the photo, someone wrote, “1900.” I spent … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · 16 Comments

What I’ve Learned So Far

As promised, here’s a progress report on what I know so far about Hermann and Fanny Spielmann’s marriage record from the Records Office of the Jewish Community in Vienna. I can’t … Continue reading

December 11, 2014 · 9 Comments

Postcards to Pollo

Our family always called Great-grandpa Franz Georg Leopold Lessiack by the nickname “Leo”, but I have a great many postcards addressed to “Pollo Lessiack” which I assume is also a … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · 8 Comments

A Thanksgiving Surprise

Hello, People. I’m back. No, I didn’t drown in a vat of gravy, but I did suffer a wee touch of overcommitment-itis that prevented me from immediately leaping on the surprise I … Continue reading

December 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

One Year In

Today is my one-year blogoversary here at The People of Pancho, one year since I looked at all the boxes of paper and photographs I dragged home from my grandma’s … Continue reading

November 23, 2014 · 19 Comments

Leo at the Opera

Here is the next installment in the adventures of my great-grandpa Leo Lessiack, known more formally as Franz Georg Leopold Lessiack. So far, he has been baptized, raised, schooled, and confirmed in … Continue reading

November 21, 2014 · 4 Comments

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