Biographies
Exemplary Stories of Life
Lazarus Josef Levi

Lazarus Josef Levi

Lazarus Josef Levi was born in Hohenems on November 17, 1743 as son of Josef Wolf Levi and Maria Koschel Moos. Already his father had been a successful merchant, and Lazarus Josef Levi continued in his  … ►

Jeanette Landauer

Jeanette Landauer

She was the first landlady of the guesthouse 'Zur Frohen Aussicht' ('happy view'), which was run by the Jewish Landauer family. The guesthouse and bakery were managed predominantly by the women  … ►

Salomon Sulzer

Salomon Sulzer

Salomon Sulzer was born in 1804 in Hohenems. After a period of study in Karlsruhe and France he attained the position of choirmaster at the synagogue in Hohenems at the age of sixteen. In 1826, he was appointed  … ►

August Brentano

August Brentano

August Brentano was born on December 23, 1828 in Hohenems in the house opposite the synagogue on today’s 6 Schweizer Strasse. His father, Johann August Brentano, was a merchant in Hohenems, ran a  … ►

Clara Heimann-Rosenthal

Clara Heimann-Rosenthal

Clara Rosenthal born in 1866 in Hohenems, the daughter of Charlotte and Anton Rosenthal, a wealthy textile factory owning family, in the building that now houses the Jewish Museum. She married Josef  … ►

Aron Tänzer

Aron Tänzer

Aron Tänzer was born on the 30th of January 1871 in Hungarian Pressburg. His father was a rabbi, his mother worked as a plain seamstress for the Pressburger Jewish community. At the age of 21  … ►

Sophie Rosenthal – Sofie Steingraber – Zsofi Hauser

Sophie Rosenthal – Sofie Steingraber – Zsofi Hauser

Sophie Rosenthal was born in 1863 in Hohenems as the daughter of Ludwig and Amalia Rosenthal, who were first cousins. Sophie's grandfathers, Philipp and Josef Rosenthal, were brothers and founded the  … ►

Hans Elkan

Hans Elkan

Hans Elkan was born in 1900, the son of the last head of the Jewish Community of Hohenems, Theodor Elkan. He studied philosophy at the University of Freiburg, among other with Heidegger and Husserl. This  … ►

Ivan Landauer

Ivan Landauer

Ivan Landauer was born on August 31, 1899. His parents, Josef and Nanette Landauer, ran the Hohenems inn “Zur frohen Aussicht.” Between 1915 and 1917, he served his apprenticeship in the  … ►

Harry Weil

Harry Weil

Harry Weil was born in 1898 as the son of Jacob Weil, gabbai (beadle) and cantor, and his wife, Rachel. He returned injured from World War I, in which he had fought as an infantryman with the Tyrolean  … ►