|András Körner with his father, the modernist architect|
József Körner (1907-1971) in Budapest, 1946
Körner has written several books, including A Taste of the Past: The Daily Life and Cooking of a Nineteenth-Century Hungarian-Jewish Homemaker, a detailed and engaging description of domestic life in a Hungarian-Jewish household based on extensive interviews with his mother, his great-grandmother's recipe book (recipes included), and an array of other sources, as well as Körner's own illustrations. He has also written a biography (with audio recordings) of the Hungarian bauhaus artist and architect, Andor Weininger, titled The Stages of Andor Weininger from the Bauhaus to New York, as well as two books in Hungarian; A Reluctant Jew: Essays and Stories, and a social history of Hungarian Jewry, How Did They Live? The Everyday Life of Hungarian Jews, 1867-1940. He is currently at work on a second volume which will present additional aspects of the everyday lives of Hungarian Jews over the same period.
The interviews were conducted at Körner's apartment in New York on March 11 and 25, 2014. Special thanks go to Ph.D. candidate in History at Cornell University, Máté Rigó, for his assistance in cataloging the interviews. To download the interviews, click here.
Körner's maternal great-
Baruch (Baruch Ede, 1812-
1886), self-fashioning in the
manner of the Hungarian
revolutionary leader of 1848,
Lajos Kossuth. The portrait was
painted by the Viennese artist,
Berthold Fischer in 1852.
08:20 Paternal side: family living in present-day Slovakia; Merchants, teachers; Ancestors move to Budapest; Maternal ancestors move from Körmend, then Moson, then Győr; Maternal grandmother moved to Budapest
|Körner's maternal great-|
Berger (nee Baruch, 1851-
1938) in 1870
|Körner with his mother, b. Katalin|
Halasz (1910-1991) in St. Wolfgang,
Austria in front of the Weisses Rössl
Inn in 1987.
|Körner's drawing depicting how|
his great-grandmother kept
her purse under her skirts (it also
shows her monogrammed socks).
The young girl in the drawing
is Körner's mother, who was
raised in part by her grandmother.
|The monogrammed socks|
1:09:00 Leftist political orientation in the family; Father prosecuted in 1932 for attempting to organize and exhibition on Budapest slums
|Körner in 1947 or 1948|
from when he attended
the primary school on
Sziget utca (now Radnóti
Miklós utca) in Budapest.
|Liebermann's luggage store in Lansing, MI,|
1970, designed by Körner (with the owner's
initial lit up in blue on the facade).
50:00 Career chances in second half of the 20th century; “crushing of the souls”