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Family News in 2001:
11/03/2001 A new line of
Steinschneiders has been found in Canada. Apparently, these relatives are
connected to the Steinschneiders of Ohio, who in turn, are also connected to
the Steinschneiders in Texas. Photos of Aaron Joseph Steinschneider, patriarch
of the Canadian clan, can be found here.
Our thanks go out to Irwin Michael for contacting us and making us aware of the
Canadian Steinschneiders. Welcome to the family.
09/28/2001 The introduction to The
Vampires of Superstition (Vampyre Des Aberglaubens)
has been posted here.
09/15/2001 Thanks to Tatjana
Steinschneider, we have now added dozens of new members to the Russian
Steinschneider tree, which can be found
09/06/2001 A waterfall of new
Steinschneider information has just recently become available:
First, we have just received a comprehensive genealogy of the Russian
Steinschneiders. In the process, we have reunited Ilia Steinschneider with a
distant cousin, Tatjana Steinschneider. This new genealogy will be posted very
Second, thanks to SL Higginbottom, we have discovered a new line of
Steinschneiders with a variant spelling. As information becomes available, we
will post it.
Third, thanks to Robert Hanscom, we have found some incredible information
that widens and extends the early Steinschneider line in Prostejov. As more of
this data becomes available, it will be posted to the
Steinschneider outline and elsewhere.
Fourth, Mel Gordon's book on Hanussen (b. Hermann Steinschneider), which
had been delayed while Gordon compiled additional research materials, will be
released in October.
Finally, the new Werner Herzog movie “Invincible”, which tells the story
of Siegmund "Zishe" Breitbart, the Jewish strongman, and also stars Tim Roth
(Plant of the Apes, Musketeer, Pulp Fiction) as Hanussen, will be released to
theaters in Spring 2002.
09/04/2001 Thanks again to cousin
Erich Lewitus, the tombs of unclassified Steinschneiders Daniel and Antonie
can now be found here.
09/03/2001 Pictures taken by
cousin Erich Lewitus of Fritz Steinschneider's tomb in Prague can be found
Today we were contacted by Tatjana Steinschneider
who currently lives in Israel. Welcome to the family Tatjana. We will do
everything in our power to help you in your quest to discover your family
05/22/2001 Photos of uncle
Hermann's (Erik Jan Hanussen's) grave outside of Berlin have been graciously
submitted by cousin Hans-Joachim Goldschmidt. They can be viewed
04/29/2001 Added a new family
outline for a relationship that was recently discovered (based on existing
material) between several individuals. The connections were confirmed when we
found Dr. Jakob Steinschneider's grave during our visit with Helga and Peter Köpplinger
to the Vienna Central Cemetery in March. The new outline report can be found
on some recent research, we are becoming increasingly convinced that all
Steinschneider lines are probably related. Unlike many Jewish family names, it
appears that the Steinschneider appellate was adopted before the 16th century.
This early adoption would have allowed plenty of time for the surname to
spread to the locations we find represented on this website. In addition,
there is no indication that any family member (in recent history) ever engaged
in the occupation of Steinschneider (stone cutter). This lends credence to the
idea that the name was taken or bestowed at an extremely early date; very
possibly in the late 15th century, somewhere in Germany. Furthermore, there is
no record of a Steinschneider descending from a patronymic line. So far, we
have only found specific references to the Steinschneider last name (as far
back as 1526) and no information on father-to-son descendencies (e.g.,
Abraham, son of Jacob, son of Moses, etc.). Finally, there is no evidence that
the Steinschneider name has ever been anything but a Jewish last name (until
the 20th century). This would also increase the probability that all the
Steinschneider families are related. All Steinschneiders that have ever been
found during the course of our research have been of Jewish heritage.
the spontaneous appearance of the Steinschneider name in several locations at
the same time is still a possibility, the likelihood continues to decrease.
Our research would be greatly simplified if it could be proven conclusively
that all Steinschneiders are related. Wouldn't that be grand!
04/19/2001 Uncaptioned photos of
our recent trip to Europe have been posted here.
Captions to accompany the pictures will be added as time permits. Of
particular interest to the Steinschneider family is the trip to
and Merano, where the author of
this site and his wife met Erika Steinschneider Fuchs (the daughter of Erik
Jan Hanussen) and Helga Köpplinger for the first time.
04/10/2001 Added photos of Hermann
Steinschneider's birth records
from the IKG (Iraelitische Kultusgemeinde
Wien--Vienna Jewish Community Center). Although this information was provided by
Helga Köpplinger many months ago, we have finally taken the time to post the
03/29/2001 New pictures of Phil and Tania
Steinschneider's trip to see Erika Steinschneider Fuchs in Meran, Italy and Peter and Helga
Köpplinger in Vienna, Austria have been posted to the
Photos of Hugo Steinschneider's grave have been
added to Hugo's new information page.
03/23/2001 Thanks to the wonderful hospitality of aunt
Erika Steinschneider and cousins Peter and Helga Köpplinger, we had an
incredible time in Meran and Vienna. Pictures of our trip will be posted
My immense personal gratitude goes out to Peter
and Helga Köpplinger for helping me find the grave of my
great-grandfather Hugo Steinschneider in the Vienna central cemetery.
Peter, thank you for being the person who found the grave after so much
Also, Helga helped me conclusively identify my
great-grandmother, find a list of her belongings in 1938, the date of
her deportation to Theresienstadt, and the date of her death at the camp.
Thank you cousin Helga.
Finally, thank you Peter and Helga for
putting us up in your home in Vienna for four days and showing us all around
town. Meeting family on the Internet isn't that bad, is it?
03/02/2001 Added a new "Recommended Reading"
02/22/2001 Thanks to the sharp and ever-watchful eye of
cousin SL Higginbottom, we have discovered the tomb of Daniel Steinschneider (also
known as Daniel Prostitz) at the online Chater
A reference to this Daniel Steinschneider, or his
son, can be found on the list of members of the Chevra
Kadisha in Bratislava (Pressburg) (1697-1922). It was one of these
Daniels who was the recipient of a letter written by Moritz Steinschneider
that is in our archives. References to Steinschneider Rabbis of Pressburg are
also made in the inaccurate genealogy documented in Wilfried Kugel's book Hanussen.
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