Abraham Sonnenschein (c.1803 - 1879)

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Birthplace: Kyjov, Hodonín District, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic
Death: Died in Kyjov, Hodonín District, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic
Managed by: Stephen Solt
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About Abraham Sonnenschein

From the memoirs of his grandson Fritz Sonnenschein (later Solt)

In the 1840s Abraham lived near Pressburg, now Bratislava . He was a tenant farmer on an estate belonging to an Austrian count. 1848 proved to be a year full of turmoil in Europe. Revolution had broken out in Paris where the populace demanded a Republic . Similar republican movements swept across Europe, and there was civil unrest in Southern Germany, then in Austria, then in Prussia. Nearer to Abraham’s home, Prague claimed autonomy from Austria and set up a provisional Czech government with a parliament. For a time, the Hungarian freedom fighter Kossuth secured recognition of independence for his country. Before long, these liberal-nationalist movements attracted a wider rabble who roamed about the country, burning and looting, especially the estates of Austrian aristocrats. Abraham felt that he and his family were not safe where they were living, and he prepared to leave at short notice. One night he heard his name called from the road, it was a neighbouring farmer in full flight “from a gang of hundreds of armed criminals”. Abraham harnessed his horse, packed his wife Veronika and their seven children into the farm cart, and set off North. They settled in a small Moravian town called Gaya [now Kyjov]. Of Abraham’s seven children in the farm cart, only one was a girl and there were six boys. Abraham’s daughter died as a young woman, leaving a husband “and a measly son, - a wretched creature”. Abraham’s six sons all followed very different careers. The firstborn son was Jacob. He grew into a bearded giant, and he owned the Black Eagle, the best hotel in Gaya. Even during the hardest winter he travelled hat- and coat-less, and he broke 5 crown pieces with his fingers. It was told of him how in his younger days, when the Prussians had penetrated into Moravia during their war against Austria, two Prussian grenadiers demanded to be served schnapps without paying. One of them aggressively banged his hand on the counter, and Jacob chopped off a couple of his fingers. He got away with it, because the grenadiers “had acted contrary to Prussian army discipline.” The next son was Hermann who learnt the trade of a furniture maker, and opened a shop, in Brno in Moravia. Ignatz became a miller, and had a flourmill with a water wheel at Klosterneuburg a little way up the Danube from Vienna. Adolf became a storekeeper of the municipal warehouse of Vienna. His claim to fame was that he and his wife Johanna had very handsome children; and when their daughter Irene passed down the street, the men would stop and turn to look at her.

Birth 1803 Gaya, Moravia, Czech Republic http://badatelna.eu/reprodukce/?fondId=241&zaznamId=1133688&reproId=3883695

Marriage to Veronika Mandl 1856 24 Jan — Age: 53 Gaya, Moravia, Czech Republic http://badatelna.eu/reprodukce/?fondId=241&zaznamId=1133688&reproId=3883695

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Abraham Sonnenschein's Timeline

1803
1803
Kyjov, Hodonín District, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic
1832
1832
Age 29
1834
1834
Age 31
1836
1836
Age 33
1838
November 9, 1838
Age 35
1840
October 12, 1840
Age 37
Rybky, Slovakia
1844
1844
Age 41
1856
January 24, 1856
Age 53
Kyjov, Hodonín District, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic
1879
October 7, 1879
Age 76
Kyjov, Hodonín District, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic