Harry Herzenberg

Male 1881 - Abt 1942  (60 years)


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  • Name Harry Herzenberg 
    Born 20 Sep 1881  Jelgava (Mitau), Courland, Latvia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1942  , , England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4057  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2014 

    Father Abraham Herzenberg,   b. Abt 1840, of Pilten (Piltene), Courland, Latvia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1900, Jelgava (Mitau), Courland, Latvia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Mother Therese or Taube Herzenberg,   b. 10 Nov 1846, Pilten (Piltene), Courland, Latvia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1931, Rīga, Rīga, Latvia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married Bef 1867  of Jelgava (Mitau), Courland, Latvia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1666  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Wilhelmina Maria Pfeiffer,   b. 4 Feb 1898, Nuremburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1990, Ballycastle, Antrim, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 8 Dec 1923  Cologne, Rheinland, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Living
     2. Living
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F1701  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • RESEARCH_NOTES:
      1. Courland (Kurzeme in Latvian, Kurland in German) is the historically distinct area of modern day Latvia bounded by the Baltic Sea to the west, Lithuania to the south, and the Dvina River (now Daugava) to the North. Its historic capital was Mitau (now Jelgava). It had ice-free Baltic ports with commercial and strategic importance. At its height Courland was a prosperous and cultured German-speaking Duchy. Courland was a separate Gubernia (Province) of the Russian Empire from 1797-1918. 50-60% of the Jews living in Riga just north of Courland had family roots in Courland. The names of the various towns have changed now that the area is part of Latvia (new-old as of early 1900s):
      Aizpute-Hasenpoth
      Jelgava-Mitau
      Kuldiga-Goldingen
      Liepaja-Libau
      Piltene-Pilten
      Talsi-Talsen
      Ventspils-Windau

      2. Website of Peter Bruce Herzenberg of London, England (since relocated to South Africa). Website is no longer functioning as of 7 Aug 2007. Copies of much of his data from the website in my possession. He indicates references by codes, which pertain to the original source and file held in his database, which I have not seen. I have no key to the sources except HL is Leonardo Herzenberg, HG is Gail Herzenberg, PC is probably Piltene Cemetery records, LA is probably Latvian Archives, FA is probably Aleksandrs Feigmanis (Latvian researcher hired by Harold Hodes), and YL is Len Yodaiken (Israeli researcher hired by Harold Hodes); however, he lists the main researchers and their contributions in a lengthy report which I include in full in the notes of the earliest Herzenberg of this database. In regards to this individual:
      HL 108/044 shows Harry b. Mitau, d. Vienna, Austria, md. to Mimi.

      BIOGRAPHY:
      1. 28 Jul 2007 Http://www.herzenberg.net/leo/htmlrh/Content.html copyrighted by Leo Herzenberg:
      "An meinen Sohn (To my son) Leonhard Herzenberg von (from) Robert Herzenberg. Memoirs written during the 1940's." Translated during the 1990's by Leonardo (Leonhard) Herzenberg. The entire memoir is quite lengthy and included in its entirety in my notes with Joseph Herzenberg, the original known ancestor, in this database. The following is only the portion dealing with this part of the family:
      " When Uncle Abraham died the eldest son, Leo, was married in Petersburg. Also the daughter Fanny. Laura and Alice were married in Moscow, and Sophie in Mitau. At home were Ludwig, [44] in the firm, Harry who was still in the gymnasium, and the two girls, Roberta, of my age, and Klara, a little older. Ludwig, whom the mother worshipped, took over running the business. Harry entered the business as an apprentice. Ludwig decided on moving the business to Riga, why I don't know. The beautiful old house in Mitau was sold. Everything in Mitau was liquidated. Instead of the princely living in Mitau, aunt Therese moved into an old dark rental house on the Schwimmstrasse in Riga. I believe she had no happy time there. I don't know how Ludwig ruined the business so quickly. It ended when I was on a vacation trip to Germany in the summer of 1904, when I received the news from my father that I should visit aunt Therese in Berlin. [45] I met her, with Klara and Roberta, in a shabby room of a pitiful pension near the Elsasser gate. They had just had lunch, which consisted of a can of sardines with bread. The firm Abraham Herzenberg in Riga had failed. They had lost everything, and had fled to Germany, and were totally dependent on the support of children and siblings...
      HARRY Herzenberg, the youngest, and to me dearest of the brothers was not much older than I. he then entered the business. When I think back to Riga I see him in the bookstore on the Shwimmstrasse, only him and the old owner Bitterlich. After the collapse he got around a lot, lived in Germany as a representative of English textile firms, lastly in Vienna where he married an Arian [50] woman, and has a son and a daughter. I don't know what happened to them after the annexation of Austria in 1938."

      2.Email from Anne Herzenberg [mailto:anne@herzenberg.com] 508-341-9715 August 06, 2007.
      "...My grandmother, Harry's wife, was Wilhelmina Maria Pfeiffer, born on February 4, 1898 in Nuremberg, Germany. My father has a sister, Ingeborg... She now lives in Wales, but spent most of her adult life in Northern Ireland. Inge, my father and her parents fled from Vienna in 1939 and settled in England. Inga has 4 children, two of whom are now grandparents. My parents, my siblings and I came to the US in 1970. My sister Catherine moved back to England shortly thereafter and still lives there. The Herzenberg name in my line of the family will end with my brother, Stephen, unless his daughters follow through on their idea to name their kids Herzenberg..."

      BIRTH:
      1. Per William Wood's daughter Ruth Allen, per email dated 7 Sep 2010 of Mountain Ash, South Wales. She notes the information is from "actual birth, death, and marriage certificates my mother had kept in a little locked box, and also from things she had written down."

      MARRIAGE:
      1. Per William Wood's daughter Ruth Allen, per email dated 7 Sep 2010 of Mountain Ash, South Wales. She notes the information is from "actual birth, death, and marriage certificates my mother had kept in a little locked box, and also from things she had written down."

      DEATH:
      1. Anne Herzenberg per email dated 27 Aug 2010 notes that her grandfather died in England (not Vienna, Austria) in approximately 1942.

      SOURCES_MISC:
      1. Leonardo Herzenberg http://www.herzenberg.net/