Otto Strakosch (1868 - 1942)

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Birthplace: Brno
Death: Died
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About Otto Strakosch

Birthdate appears in Czech Jewish Registers, Brno Births 1862-1873 Image #122/203; also on birth announcement of eldest son Heinrich (see below); also on the Avotaynu list of those with bank accounts in Austria at the time of the Holocaust.

  • Strakosch, Otto 22.10.1868 (Oct 22, 1868)

Otto Strakosch moved with his family to Vienna as a young child and was raised there.

Otto married Marie Weishut on Jan. 20, 1901, location Stadttempel; visible in the birth announcement of son Heinrich. Address was Wien VII, Kaiserstraße 41.

Travelled internationally promoting the shoe manufacturing concern: per ancestry.com New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, sailed to New York in 1913:

  • Name: Otto Strakosch
  • Arrival Date: 25 May 1913
  • Birth Date: abt 1868 Age: 45
  • Birth Location / Other: Vienna, Austria
  • Gender: Male; married
  • Friend or relative whence alien came: Bernard Strakosch (company name)
  • Ethnicity/ Nationality: German
  • Port of Departure: Cherbourg, France
  • Port of Arrival: New York
  • Destination: Chicago
  • Ship Name: Kaiserin Auguste Victoria

Made another voyage to the U.S. in 1925:

New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 about Otto Strakosch

  • Name: Otto Strakosch
  • Arrival Date: 10 Mar 1925
  • Birth Date: abt 1869 Age: 56
  • Birth Location: Czecho-
  • Birth Location Other: -slovakia Brunn
  • Gender: Male, married. Height 5'6"
  • Languages: English, German
  • Ethnicity/ Nationality: German
  • Port of Departure: Southampton, England
  • Port of Arrival: New York
  • Destination: Boston (Trostel Leathers)
  • Ship Name: Aquitania

Otto Strakosch died in England, October 1942: "Strakosch Otto 73 Pancras" (FreeBMD.org.uk)

What became of his company B. Strakosch & Sohn [son=Otto], founded in 1872, is described in Ökonomie der Arisierung, Vol. 2, by Ulrike Felber, section 2.4.4., which can be read online. The book indicates the business was in Wien VII, 41 Kaiserstraße ca. 1938-39. Bernhard Strakosch & Sohn owned the building at that address, per the 1908 Buch der Häuser und Hausbesitzer Wien at DigitalWienBibliotek (7 Bezirk, p. 25; image #42).

The fate of B. Strakosch & Sohn Schuhfabrik during WW II is discussed in Arisiert: Eine Spurensuche im gesellschaftlichen Untergrund der Republik. Kremayer & Scheriau. Wien, Irene Etzersdorfer (1995) in a chapter on Otto Strakosch.

The company, in different hands today, continues to operate as Legero, out of Graz.

Otto & family had left for England in early 1939. Otto died there in October 1942.

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Otto Strakosch's Timeline

1868
October 22, 1868
Brno
1901
January 20, 1901
Age 32
Vienna, Austria
1902
November 8, 1902
Age 34
Vienna, Austria
1904
March 21, 1904
Age 35
Vienna, Austria
1909
October 25, 1909
Age 41
Vienna, Austria
1942
October, 1942
Age 73