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Otto Strakosch

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Brno
Death: Died in London
Immediate Family:

Son of Bernhard Strakosch and Henriette Strakosch
Husband of Marie Strakosch
Father of Heinrich "Henry" Strakosch; Elisabeth Strakosch and Charlotte Strakosch
Brother of Maxmilian "Max" Strakosch and Bertha Reif

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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 in the early 1880s.

Joined his father in the firm B. Strakosch: directory listing (with son Otto Strakosch) in Vienna appears in Adolph Lehmann's allgemeiner Wohnungs-Anzeiger › 1891-1900 › 1892 › Firmenverzeichnis, Image 1521, fourth listing from bottom, left-hand column. Same listing appears in 1889, but with out mentioning son Otto Strakosch.

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

Traveled internationally promoting the shoe manufacturing concern. Mentioned in Shoe & Leather Reporter, July 6, 1898, p 27, as having "visited Chicago, New York and Boston . . . studying the methods of American shoe manufacturers, and obtaining ideas in regard to the machinery employed."

Strakosch shoes were represented in Australia already in the early 1880s by Bernhard Strakosh's company presence at Expositions in the Austria section: The Argus (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), page 23S. By the late 1890s Strakosch shoes were well known in Australia: "That footgear, whether it be for home, outdoor, or evening wear, is a matter of importance and interest to woman there can be no dispute. The whole effect of an otherwise perfect toilette may be entirely spoilt if the boot, shoe, or slipper is not neat and dainty, and many times the difficulty has been (moreso with evening slippers) to get just that which we women know is needed to add the finishing touch to a pretty toilette. Granting that such difficulty has arisen in the past, and with it much annoyance, it is a pleasure to say that Mr. W. H. Murray, Brisbane-street, has just received a large consignment of very choice evening slippers, from among which one and all will find exactly what they require. Satin slippers in pink, blue, white, cream, and eua-de-nil, are the daintiest things imaginable; being from the famous house of "Strakosch" is sufficient guarantee that both fit and finish are perfect. Some have beaded toes and one instep bar, others are in the court shape, with bows of ribbons, and all are beautifully lined throughout with kid and satin. These slippers have been made specially to Mr. Murray's order; he having so wide an experience of the trade in our city, and also, the country districts, is in a position to know exactly what .are the requirements of his numerous customers. No thing could surpass these satin evening slippers, and I believe I am right in saying that they are the largest, most varied, and valuable stock that have yet been imported into Launceston. Bronze slippers, too, are lovely; there are those with open, embroidered and beaded fronts, with dual straps crossing the instep, and also beaded; these are very elaborate, and consequently rather expensive, but when one considers the amount of wear that they will give this first outlay is comparatively a trifle. A less elaborate, but very smart little slipper in bronze has the toe ornamented with jewels and cut bronze beads, surmounted with a small bow." -- From Woman's World by Sylvia, in The Launceston Examiner (Tasmania, Australia), Oct. 23, 1897, p. 3.

Otto Strakosch returned to New York in 1913: New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 (ancestry.com):

  • 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:

  • Name: Otto Strakosch
  • Arrival Date: 10 Mar 1925
  • Birth Date: abt 1869 Age: 56
  • Birth Location: Czechoslovakia 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

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 also 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: "Strakosch Otto 73 Pancras" FreeBMD.org.uk

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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
London