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Monthly Archives: December, 2014

Fröhliche Weihnachten to the Lessiacks, and to You

It’s been wonderful spending 2014 with you, my blogging People. I look forward to more adventures in the archives in 2015, but until then I’m going to take a break to … Continue reading

December 22, 2014 · 9 Comments

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

December 17, 2014 · 5 Comments

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 · 23 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 · 13 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 · 13 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