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First husband of Jeanette Schenker.

Son of Ignatz Kornfeld and Charlotte Weissenstein, Emil Kornfeld was the first husband of Jeanette Schenker (known in the Kornfeld family as Jenny). Emil and Jeanette were married on July 30, 1893, and had two sons, Erich and Felix. The family lived in Aussig (Austria). Emil strenuously resisted Jeanette's petitions to secure a separation, and the annulment of their marriage did not take place until November 10, 1919.

Little is known of Emil's firm, Klaber & Kornfeld, but a page survives in Schenker's diary (OJ 1/10, p. 133 verso, June 1911), with the printed letterhead: "Klaber & Kornfeld | Aussig A. E. | - | Telegramm-Addresse | Klaber Kornfeld Aussig | Telefon No. 103 | Clearing-Verkehr: Ceck-Conto No. 27.999."

It may perhaps have been a chemical manufacting company; both sons were involved in it, and possibly Jeanette, too, up to 1910.

Emil Kornfeld and Schenker

Emil and Heinrich were apparently close friends from some time in the early 1890s to 1910, and between 1903 and 1908 they spent several summer holidays together, probably (certainly in 1908) including Jeanette. Jeanette left her husband and sons for Schenker on September 30, 1910, moving to Vienna. From that time all mention of her was forbidden by Emil, although Jeanette is known to have made attempts to contact her sons. Emil resisted petitions for separation on the part of Jeanette for at least seven years (the attorneys being Dr. Steinitz (for Jeanette), Dr. Hübsch, and Dr. Glassner), insisting that Jeanette return to him. Only after changes in the laws did Jeanette succeed: the petition was approved on November 10, 1919, and Heinrich and she married later the same day.

No correspondence between Emil Kornfeld and Schenker is known to survive. However, one postcard exists among Schenker's papers: a picture postcard from Jenny Kornfeld to Moriz Violin, dated September 23, 1909 (OJ 7/4, [54]), which includes a postscript apparently in the hand of Emil. In Schenker's post-1910 diaries his name is coded as "Kfld." or "der Krämer" (the grocer) or "der Gegner" (the adversary).


Correspondence between Tomás Kornfeld and Heribert Esser (OJ 71/10a, [1], OJ 71/21a, [1] and [2]), which includes a family tree in Esser's hand

Private communication from Heribert Esser


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