Moritz Ritter von Funk

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Moritz Ritter von Funk

Birthplace: Prostejov, Czech Republic, Moravia
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Markus Funk and Katharina Cheile Funk
Husband of Josefine Funk
Father of Agathe Machalitzky; Max Friedrich Funk and August Ritter von Funk
Brother of Leopold Löbl Funk; Elkan Funk and Bernard Funk

Managed by: Randy Schoenberg
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About Moritz Ritter von Funk


Several years ago I received documents from Hofrat Dr. Christoph Tepperberg of the Oest. Kriegsarchiv concerning Moritz Ritter von Funk. In the handwritten "Qualifikations-Grundbuch-Heft" that he sent me it states at the top "Moritz Ritter von Funk". He also sent me a copy of a handwritten letter dated 31 March 1881 to the k.k. Reichs-Kriegs-Ministerium which was signed as Moritz Ritter v. Funk and other "offical" documents referring to him as "Ritter". So, at least as far as the Kriegs-Ministerium was concerned he was enobled.

In the (very unreliable and anti-Semitic, I know) "Weimarer historisch-genealoges Taschenbuch des gesamten Adels jehudaeischen Ursprung, 1913" it says at p. 599-600:

Funk aus der Stamme Levi. Mosaisch laut Frühling S. 207 -- Triest -- Nob: 1871 mit dem Rittertitel. Adleserwerber: Moritz Funk, mos. [geb.] 1831 und [gest.] Triest 15.9.1905 als k.u.k.Lin.-Schiffs-Kap. i.P.; [verh.] mit . . . . (?) Sohn: Max Friedrich Rr.v. Funk, [geb.] . . . ca. 1870. J.U. Dr. und Statth.-Sekr. In Triest. Weitere Kinder ? . . . .

Below is also an old e-mail from Prof. Erwin Schmidl, who mentions Funk in his "Jews in the Habsburg Armed Forces", p. 134 (1989) as follows:

A few years before, Moritz Ritter von Funk (1831-1905) had reached the same rank. Funk had attended the naval academy until 1848. In the following years, he took part in the operations of the wars of 1848/49, 1859, 1864 and 1866. From 1868 through 1871, he headed the "central office" of the war ministry's naval section. In 1871 he was promoted to captain / commodore, enobled, and given command of the ship "Fasana", a corvette. In 1871/72, "Fasana" undertook an important commercial mission to East Asia, visiting Siam (Thailand), China, and Japan. After his return, Captain v. Funk contributed to a new naval manual. Highly decorated, he retired in 1881.

In the book "140 Jewish Marshals, Generals & Admirals" by E. Rubin it says

Battleship Commander Moritz Ritter von Funk

He was born in Vienna in 1831, and took part in the campaigns of the years 1848, 1859, 1864 and 1866, and for his military exploits was awarded the following decorations:

Cross for Military Merit, Knight's Cross of the Order of Leopold, Komtur Cross of the Order of Francis Jospeh, Commander Cross of the Danish Order of Danebrog, Royal Prussian Order of the Red Eagle, Commander Cross of the Order of the House of Hannover, Imperial Ottoman Medschidije Order, Royal Greek Order of the Redeemer, Siamese Order of the Crown, etc., etc.

He fought in the campaign of 1848-49 on board the Fregate "Bellona" and took part in the campaign of 1866 as Captain of Fregate.

After the war, from 1868 to 1871 he was Chief of the Naval Department of the Austrian-Hungarian War Ministry, afterwards promoted Battleship Commander and was raised to nobility.

In July, 1879, he was awarded the Komtur Cross of the Order of Francis Joseph for "his special merits for the Austrian-Hungarian Navy" and in 1881 he was pensioned.

He died in 1905 in Trieste.

So maybe this can help solve the riddle of the Ritter von Funk. My cousin Georg Heinz Teller in Düsseldorf has an old photo of Moritz, which unfortunately I don't have a copy of.


© Georg Gaugusch Stand: 23.10.2003


Moritz Funk

Allerh. Handschreiben vom 23. Juli 1870, Verleihung des Ritterkreuzes des Leopoldordens.

Diplom vom 20. Mai 1871, Österr. Ritterstand

Linienschiffscapitain, geb. 1831 Proßnitz.

Wappen: In einem blauen Schild zwei aufgerichtete schrägrechte goldene Ruder, welche oben und

seitwärts drei goldene Jacobsmuscheln begleiten. Auf dem Hauptrande des Schildes zwei gekrönte

Turnierhelme mit blau/goldenen Decken. Die rechte Helmkrone trägt zwei aufgerichtete schrägrechte

Ruder und jene zur linken einen geschlossenen, vorne blauen und mit einer goldenen Jacobsmuschel

belegten, hinten goldenen Adlerflug. Unter dem Schilde verbreitet sich ein blaues Band mit der Devise

PERSEVERANTIA PROVEHI in goldener Lapidarschrift.

Dear Randy,

nun das ist ein ziemlich einzigartiger Fall. Ich habe letzten Donnerstag

den Akt Moritz FUNK bestellt, in der Erwartung nichts in die Hand zu

bekommen (weil der Fall sowohl bei Frank als auch in den Adelsausweisen

des Ministeriums fehlt), bekam aber einen regulären Noblitierungsakt,

den ich exzerptiert habe und so beilege. Moritz Funk, wurde, dadurch,

dass er den Leopold-Orden bekam mit Diplom vom 20. Mai 1871 in den

erblichen österr. Ritterstand erhoben. Faszinierend daran ist, dass der

Akt sowohl bei Frank als auch in den amtlichen Berichten des

Ministeriums fehlt! Jedenfalls Moritz FUNK ist ein ganz echter "Ritter

von". Der Akt Kolisch ist komplizierter, schicke ich sowie Zeit ist.

Liebe Grüsze aus Wien



From: "Erwin A. Schmidl" <>

Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2000 21:17:57 +0200

To: "E. Randol Schoenberg" <>

Subject: Re: [geschichte-juden] Juden im Militaerdienst

Dear Dr. Schoenberg,

many thanks for your note. I am not sure whether we have been in

correspondence before, but in any case I appreciate your message. I have, of

course, come across Linienschiffskapitän Moritz Ritter von Funk (1831-1905),

and have included a paragraph in my booklet to him - my main source was

Moritz Fruehling, Biographisches Handbuch... (Vienna: 1911), pp. 207-8. In

addition, his personnel files are in the Vienna War Archives.

As he commanded the "Fasana" on her East Asian tour in 1871-2, one might

find additional information in the literature about the East Asian contacts

of the Monarchy.

I don't know about his descendants, though. As for additional photographs,

portraits most likely exist in the National Library's photo collection, in

the Army Museum as well as in the War Archives, although I don't recall

having seen one.

I hope that this information is of some use to you.

Again, many thanks for your message, and best greetings from Vienna,

yours sincerely, Erwin Schmidl

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Moritz Ritter von Funk's Timeline

January 19, 1831
Czech Republic, Moravia
October 26, 1862
Age 31
Vienna, Austria
October 24, 1869
Age 38
Age 38
November 3, 1886
Age 55
Neunkirchen, Neunkirchen District, Lower Austria, Austria
September 15, 1905
Age 74