About Ascher Matzel
Hungarian soldier and philanthropist; born 1763 at Stampfen, Hungary; died Nov. 22, 1842. At the age of seventeen he entered the service of the Jewish hospital in Vienna, of which he became the superintendent in 1799. Emperor Joseph II. appointed him during the war with the Turks superintendent of the hospital in the fortress of Leopoldstadt, which Position he later exchanged for that of director of the hospital of Semlin. The emperor bestowed on him many tokens of his appreciation, among others a diamond ring with the emperor's initials.
After the close of the war Matzel returned to Vienna to resume charge of the Jewish hospital. In 1813 he received from Emperor Francis the gold medal of honor and from the Emperor of Russia the Order of Merit. In 1814 Matzel became manager of the military magazine of munitions, and in 1830, during the cholera epidemic, he became chief of the board of health of the Rossau, a suburb of Vienna.
Bibliography: Jüdischer Plutarch, ii. 194-196.
Further details direct from IKG-Wien thanks to Mag. Wolf-Erich ECKSTEIN.
Burial data courtesy of IKG-Wien Cemetery Databank:
Matzel Ascher 79 Jahre 22.11.1842 WÄHRINGER FRIEDHOF 4 894
Allgemeiner Handlungs-Gremial-Almanach für den oesterreichischen Kaiserstaat - Franz B. Fray - Google Books
"Matzel Ascher, unter der Firma A. Matzel und Sohn, welche auch sein Herr Sohn Karl als öffentliche Gesellschafter führt, mit Leinwandwaren, in der Judengasse Nr. 512, Wohnung in der Wipplingerstraße, Nr. 393 im 1. Stock."
(pip - May 2014)