Rosogliohändler is my new favorite word of the week.
Meaning- A Merchant of Sweet Cordials. I capitalized every word of that because it has taken me an entire lifetime to find this out.
I come from a long line of Rosogliohändlers apparently. In about 1785 Moses Eisler was born in Koritchan, now known as Koryčany, Zlínský, Czech Republic. He and his wife Judith and six children eventually moved to Neulerchenfeld, just outside of the Imperial city of Vienna. There they prospered as Rosogliohändlers.
Moses eldest son Alexander was the founder of his own firm aptly named A.Eisler carrying on the tradition of liquor distribution and adding tea to the business. All of his nine children seemed to have been involved in the enterprise as well, including Sigmund, father of Paul Josef Martin Eisler. Sigmund became the eventual owner of the firm A. Eisler, which later merged with C. Trau. Decades later Edith and Paul would vacation together with the Trau family in Obervellach in the Austrian Alps not too far from the Italian border.
Sigmund married Fanni Sekeles of Prague on March 14,1872 in Vienna at the City Temple. They had four children Alexander, Paul, Elise and Marianne. When Paul and Elise were born the family lived at Kärntnerstraße 39, nearby the Maltese Church.
Kärntnerstraße was and still is a major shopping street.
It could be that the A.Eisler / C.Trau business had a storefront where you now see “Triumph” or “Oberwalder” in the 2011 photograph below of Kärntnerstraße 39. Perhaps the Eisler family lived in an apartment above.
By the late 1880’s and early 1890’s when Paul Josef Martin Eisler was in the Royal Conservatory of Music in Vienna studying with Anton Bruckner(!) and Johann Strauss II(!) the family lived in an apartment at Große Neugasse 18. A modern view of the street is below.
I am able to know the term Rosogliohändlung and the different addresses because after months of sleuthing around I was able to finally get a hold of a copy of Georg Gaugusch’s huge book Wer Einmal War, Das Jüdische Großbürgertum Wiens 1800-1938. This encyclopedia of Jewish families (A-K) in Vienna was just published in 2011 but locating a copy seemed akin to finding the elusive end of a rainbow. My local librarian tried to secure a copy from the Library of Congress but they had already made a two year checkout of their only copy. Two years! I could only imagine it languishing on some Doctoral student’s desk while I waited impatiently to read the five pages on my family. In the end Brandeis University in Boston stepped up and granted the inter library loan request made by my local librarian. I was able to borrow for three weeks an incredibly large book of 1,649 pages that gave me the word Rosogliohändlung and much more in the five page summary on my family.