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Laura Lea Birnbaum (Kron)

Also Known As: ""Tante Laura""
Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Death: December 24, 1943 (67)
Tel Aviv, Israel (then Palestine)
Place of Burial: Nachalat Yitzhak Cemetery גוש: 2 אזור: 35 שורה: 2 מקום: 17, Tel Aviv, Israel
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Ignatz Isaac Kron and Berta Betti Kron
Wife of Moriz Birnbaum
Mother of Enrico (Heinrich) Birnbaum-Peri; Johanna Werth (Birnbaum) and Otto Birnbaum-Peri
Sister of Jeanette Katz (Löwinger); Filippo (Philipp) Pinchas Kron; Ernestine "Tini" Schick and Johanna Spitz (Kron)

Managed by: Rina Talmore
Last Updated:

About Laura Lea Birnbaum

Her parents' address at the date of her birth: Vienna 2, Grosse Schiffgasse 6 (Her grandmother Regina Pollak's residence).

Address (after husband's death) Kohlgasse 51, Vienna IX.

Laura was a headstrong, cheerful girl. She had many suitors, but after a lot of consideration accepted her 24th, Moritz Birnbaum!

Her husband died young, leaving Laura with three children, and the laundry business with no one to manage it. Had it not been for Laura's good ideas, who knows what would have happened. She picked out all the prettiest girls from "Hygenia" and dressed them in typical Austrian washerwomen's dresses - white with blue spots. The horses were groomed until they shone and were also dressed in blue and white. Then, with Laura at the head, they paraded around the streets. This, of course, was considered and outrage at the time, when women were supposed to be sitting around doing embroidery. Laura hated sewing of any kind - she had quite a masculine outlook and for her lunch took a sandwich and a glass of champagne or beer.

Her granddaughter, Gerda Holt, wrote about her grandmother Laura and her summers in Baden-bei-Wien:

"Grandma and two of her sisters had villas in Baden and I spent all my summers and most other holidays either with "Oma Laura" as I called my grandmother or with her sister (Jeanette) and my most favourite person, her husband Otto".

"Omama Laura was an easygoing and pleasant person and she arranged that her and her sisters' gardens should intercommunicate, so there was plenty of space for playing with neighbours' children, my cousins from Trieste (= Erica and Noemi) and Vienna and I remember these were quite happy times for me."

"We were not at all religious ( =Jews) but my grandmother Laura was a great believer in celebrating whatever was on offer, so.... we had Christmas dinner, a decorated Christmas tree and presents, followed by St Sylvester, the patron saint for the end of the year. This was much more fun than Christmas, the sweet shops were full of pink marzipan pigs with 4-leaved clovers in their mouths, chimney sweeps came to wish you luck..."

Laura fled to Palestine in 1938 with the Schick family: Tini (her sister), Moritz and their sons Hans and Rudi. They lived together on 6, Trumpeldor Street in Tel Aviv.

Her son Otto left Palestine after WWII.

Rina Talmore added on December 22nd, 2008:

Laura died in Tel Aviv in 1943. According to the "Chevra Kadisha" website, she was buried in the "Nachalat Yitzchak Cemetery". It took me almost a year to trace her burial site. The website mentions her Hebrew name, Lea, but on the stone her surname was misspelled "Birnboim": לאורא בירנבוים

But it is her grave, no doubt. Now we also know that she died on December 24th 1943, at the age of 67. (see her grave in her MEDIA).

My cousin Hedva Zur and I cleaned the tomb which had been covered in moss and weeds.

I recently appealed to the "Chevra Kadisha" and the name in their books/website was corrected to "Lea Laura Birnbaum."

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Laura Lea Birnbaum's Timeline

July 2, 1876
Vienna, Austria

Index of the Jewish Records of Vienna (Only register available)

Last Name Kron
First Name Laura
Code 1
First Name Father Ignaz
Last Name Mother Pollak
First Name Mother Betti
Location Wien
Book F 1874-77
Volume F
Date 02.07.1876
Number 3861

March 7, 1901
Age 24
Vienna-5, Austria

Detail View
No. 107826
Year 1901
Numerative 646
Code 1
Volume Wien
Last Name Birnbaum
First Name Heinrich
Parents/Annotation Moriz/

July 20, 1902
Age 26
Vienna-5, Austria

Index of the Jewish Records of Vienna
No. 147395
Year 1902
Numerative 1793
Code 1
Volume Wien
Last Name Birnbaum
First Name Johanna
Parents Moriz/

July 29, 1910
Age 34
Kohlgasse 51, Vienna-5, Austria

Detail View
No. 240502
Year 1910
Numerative 1469
Code 1
Volume Wien
Last Name Birnbaum
First Name Otto
Parents/Annotation Moriz/

December 24, 1943
Age 67
Tel Aviv, Israel (then Palestine)
December 25, 1943
Age 67
Nachalat Yitzhak Cemetery גוש: 2 אזור: 35 שורה: 2 מקום: 17, Tel Aviv, Israel