Photos of the grave of Rabbi Simon Spira (1600, 1679)
at the Old Jewish Cemetery of Prague.
(Courtesy of Eva Sandrof, June 2001)
Item 961 : portrait of
Leopold von Portheim
Item 962 : Polda von
Portheim sitting in his factory
Item 968 & 969 :
coloured portraits of
Rosalie and Leopold Porges von Portheim
1223 : photo of Emil Levy, Max von Portheim, Fanny Maass and
Item 1245 : Picture of
Pauline von Portheim with her brother Karl
Item 1211 : picture of
Pauline von Portheim (1834)
The grave of Pauline Fischel von
Portheim, in the Central Friedhof of Vienna
was written by Mrs Portheim, an Austrian-Jewish refugee to
a related German-Jewish refugee, Eva Ehrenberg.
She writes that she now knows for sure that her son Eduard
(Edi) had died but she doesn't know anything about the circumstances.
The letter shows the extent of what people at the time knew
about what was going on in Germany
: London, 20.09.1942
Dear Mrs Ehrenberg!
Today I have news of very, very sad matters, but I know that
you always have a warm interest, so I need to let you know.
Three days ago we got terrible news from Willie Brandeis in
Zurich. He writes that our boy is dead. He got a letter from
Lola in which she asks him to tell Polda that Edi died about
2 months ago. Edi suffered for a long time, we should be happy
that he can rest now. This is all we know, we don't know where
and when he died, but we are certain it was in a concentration
camp. We will never find out more. The only person who knew
anything was Lola and she is also dead. Willie got the news
of her suicide a day later, she had taken an overdose of Valium.
She was going to be deported to Poland as well. She was right
to do what she did and she is at peace now. Our boy went through
such a lot, we will never get over that. Emil and Fritz have
been deported to Terezin, at the ages of 85 and 86. We were
very pleased to see your husband so well. Thank you very much
for your first letter with the address of the doctor.
Porges von Portheim
An old Prague Jewish family. Can be traced to 1573 ??, 1630.
They were then called Porges Spiro. (Porges married into
the family Spiro about 1699). Rabbi Spiro Porges : money changer mentioned
in Prague 1754.
Rabbi Lob Spiro took the name of Porges because of his ancestor,
called himself Porges Spiro.
Grand father of Gabriel Porges Spiro 1738 -1824.
Father of Moses and Leopold Jude.
Moses Porges, factory owner. Member of the local council
in Smichov and representative of the Jewish community council
Director ofthe Josefstadter Childrens Home for small children.
Member of the Board of Directors of Cotton Printers.
Leopold Jude1785-1869 (My
House and property owner, Town councillor of the Imperial
Capital Town of Prague.
Member of the Jewish Community Council.
Both brothers received the Austrian title "Edler von
Portheim" in 1847.
Eduard Porges von Portheim 1826 - 1907
(Father of Leopold Portheim) (see
their family tree)
Son of Leopold Jude. Vice President of the Prague Chamber
of Commerce, was given the title Ritter von Portheim on
the 5,July 1879.
The 2 sons of the poor family Porges from Prague, Moses
& Leopold Juda, went to Offenbach to join the Frankisten
Movement, a Jewish Sect. They were disilusioned and returned
to Prague. On the journey back they saw progressive manufacturing
processesin Saxonia and introduced these ideas after their
return to Prague. They started their works for printing
cotton on the outskirts of the Jewish quarters by the Moldau.
They then moved to the outskirts of Prague where they bought
the grounds of a former hospital and church and cemetry.
Eventually they moved to ... Smichov the new industrial
quarter. There they introduced the first steam engine in
Prague. Emperor Ferdinand visited their factory and admired
the "Mechanics". He told the manufaturers Porges
that they could express a wish. Before 1848 there was no
equallity for Jews in Austria. There were all kind of restrictions.
Even weddings had to have the consent of the authorities.
Every one but bankers and manufacturers had to live in the
ghetto. Because of this Porges asked for equality for the
Jews. That was asking too much. Emperor Ferdinand promised
to think it over and then sent instead a patent of nobility.
It exempted the family Porges Portheim of all restrictions
and inconveniences. They lived in a very nice house, a small
palais near the factory in the suburbs. It was in the present
day Narodni, then one of the best streets in Prague. Even
to day the initials EvP can be seen on the front of the
house. The family played a big role to develop Prague into
a textile town.
The name of Portheim also turns up in Heidelberg .
The "Portheim Stiftung":
Leontine v. Portheim married Victor Goldschmidt, a well
known scientist. His interest started as a hobby in which
he invested much effort and money and which led to the "Josefine
and Eduard von Portheim Stiftung" for science and
It was founded in 1919 and is situated in the former Palais
Weimer Hauptstrasse 235, Heidelberg.
It houses part of the ethnographic collection. A mineralogical
collection was given to the University of Heidelberg.
(see below) visit the
museum website : http://www.voelkerkundemuseum-vpst.de
Eduard Porges Ritter von Portheim and his wife Rosalie Jerusalem
The children : Leopold, Victor Moritz, Emil, Freidrich and
Heinrich Porges Ritter von Portheim Fanny Mass, née Edle von Portheim
Leontine "Lola" Goldschmidt, née Edle von
Leopold "Opi" Ritter von Portheim and his wife
Elizabeth "Omi" Ungar
Source : Susan Wallace
(Scotland) provided the extensive family tree of Eduard
Porges von Portheim and the attached portraits. 2003
This museum was founded in 1919 and is nowadays located in
the "Palais Weimar". The permanent exhibition documents
the culture of the Asmat in New Guinea. Several rooms in the
basement and on the ground floor present not only the life
and times of the Asmat, but also the environment they were
living in, cultural object such as masks, jewellery, household
effects, musical instruments, arms and even a large boat,
that fills almost one exhibition hall.
Ex-Libris, courtesy of
Peter Rath, Vienna 2003, archivarius and editor of the "Mitteilungen
der Österreichischen Exlibris Gesellschaft".
Ernst Jacob b.Feb. 6, 1849
d. Sept. 21, 1865
Clara Jacob b. June 28, 1850 d. May 25, 1861
They are the younger siblings of Mathilde Jacob.
Their mother was Emilie Edle von Portheim, who married
Harry Jacob and who was the daughter of Leopold Juda
Porges Edle von Portheim, owner of the Villa Portheimka.
(Courtesy of Eva Sandrof)
Moses ben (Israel) Naphtaly Hirsch Porges (Rabbi in Prague,
died in Jerusalem)
und Rabbiner der Pinkassynagogue in Prag war)
Salomon Porges (Prague)
Maria Porges (d. 1699 Prague), married Rabbi Judah Spiro (d.
Rabbi Hirsch Spiro (d. 1739 Prague) , Actuar der Beerdigungs-Brüderschaft
Rabbi Löb Spiro (Porges Spiro)
Achtung für seinen Vorfahren
Porges an und schrieb sich Porges Spiro
Moses Porges Spiro ( father of Rabbi Abraham)
Lipmann Porges Spiro (d. 1792),
Malke Bondi (d. 1769)
Gabriel Porges Spiro
(b. 03/1738, d. 07/1824 Prag),
Married Esther Kassoviz(d.
1824) on 28/08/1759, daughter of Oberrabbiner Löb
of Gabriel Porges Spiro :
David Porges (b. 1770, d. 1845) Dr. Med. in Prague, married Rosalie
Lieben (b. 1779, d. 16/07/1852)
Jacob Porges (b. 12/01/1789)
Leopold Porges (b. 10/09/1803, d. 12/07/1852)
Wilhelm Porges (b. 17/08/1804, d. 02/11/1852) married Anna Fleckeles
Simon Porges (b. 11/03/1806)
Ignatz Porges (b. 15/12/1814)
Moses Porges, seit 1841 Edler von Portheim (b. 22/12/1781, d.
married Friedericke Hirsch (b. 1791, d. 05/07/1867)
Ignatz Porges Edler von Portheim (b. 01/08/1815, d. 18/02/1900),
seit 1840 Alois Peter,
Helene Hinkel aus Chemnitz on 16/10/1842
Arthur Porges Edler von Portheim (b. 30/10/1843, d. ? Prag)
Auguste Edle von Portheim (b. 1854)
Joseph Wilhelm Porges Edler von Portheim (b. 14/07/1894)
Carl Alfred Porges Edler von Portheim (b. 10/06/1897)
Paul Porges Edler von Portheim (b. 03/08/1860)
Otto Porges Edler von Portheim (b. 18/10/1864)
Josef Porges Edler von Portheim (b. 06/01/1817, d. 03/09/1904
Goldschmidt (b. 09/04/1821, d. 29/06/1904 Prag) on 23/01/1848.
Heinrich Porges Edler von Portheim (b. 01/09/1819, d. 28/02/1857
married in 1848
Luise Porges Edle von Portheim (b. 04/10/1820, d. 29/05/1897).
Gustav Porges Edler von Portheim (b. 07/08/1823, d. ? Prague)
Mathilde Philipp from Hamburg on 22/08/1855.
Franz Porges Edler von Portheim (b. 07/09/1862, d. Prague )
Emmy Dub (b. 1868) on 06/01/1891.
Alexander Porges Edler von Portheim (b. 08/10/1894)
Rudolf Porges Edler von Portheim (b. 14/10/1826, d. ? Prague)
Hobitzky (b. 18/04/1827, d. 30/09/1904)
Paul Porges Edler von Portheim (b. 01/08/1858, d. 13/07/1883)
Fritz Porges Edler von Portheim (b. 07/11/1859, d. 06/06/1888)
Ernst Porges Edler von Portheim (b. 14/08/1852, d. 25/04/1879)
Leopold Juda Porges, seit 1841 Edler von Portheim (b. 03/04/1785,
d. 11/01/1869 Prag)
Rosalie Drosa (b. 1791, d. 1870) daughter of Malke Porges (see above)
Wilhelm Porges Edler von Portheim (b. 04/07/1819, d. 11/01/1873
Goldschmitt (b. 1829, d. 1894) from Frankfurt on 06/06/1849
Gabriele Porges Edle von Portheim (b. 17/04/1850)
Jordan (b. 05/03/1842, d. 21/08/1891), in Paris later in Vienna,
on 23/10/1879, and
had one daughter. Gabriele Jordan translated Moses Porges works
Max Porges Edler von Portheim (b. 12/05/1857 Prague, d.
Josefine Porges Edle von Portheim (b. 10/03/1822, d. 04/03/1869)
Benedict Goldschmidt (b. 28/03/1818, ) in Mainz,
later in Frankfurt
on 05/07/1846 ; they had 7 children.
Eduard Porges Edler von Portheim, seit 1879 Ritter von Portheim
Prag, d. 14/02/1907). married
The present family
tree was presented to him in 1906 for his 80th birthday.
Emil (b. 14/04/1857), Friedrich (b. 19/02/1858), Leopold (b.
(b. 17/2/1871), Heinrich (b. 3/11/1872)
Carl Porges Edler von Portheim (b. 14/04/1834, d. 16/04/1873 Prag)
Madeleine Nemezek (b. 24/12/1850,) later Fülek von Wittinghausen.
Wilhelm Porges Edler von Portheim (b. 22/10/1867) later Fülek
k. k. Rittmeister
in Czernowitz, married Lucy von Gatkiewicz
Wilhelm Carl (b. 05/11/1895), Felix (b. 30/01/1905)
My wife Anna Josefine,
née von der Porten, was born on October 31, 1881 in Hamburg
As family tree No.1 shows, my wife Anna Joséphine, born von
der Porten comes from the families von der
Porten and de Lemos of Hamburg
Goldschmidt of Frankfurt s/M and von Portheim of Prague.
Dr. Saly von der Porten
born in hamburg, Germany May 14, 1819
died Nov. 28, 1875
married Hana Antoinette von der Porten
née de Lemos (b. Hamburg 1821, d. 1895)
Hana Antoinette von der Porten
née de Lemos
(b. Hamburg 1821, d. 1895)
wife of Dr. Sally von der Porten
(b. 1819, d. 1875)
paternal grand mother of
Dr. Maximilian von der Porten