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  TEMPLSTRASSE - Wilten quarter  
8, Templstraße
Templstrasse 8  

In 8, Templstraße there was the pension Kappelsberger. With the help of the Jewish community Mrs. Kappelsberger was able to buy this property and to build a pension there.

Alwin Kappelsberger died in 1926 during the crossing to Sao Paulo (Brazil), where he wanted to take up a position as violinist at the college of music. He was born in Feldkirch, studied the violin in Munich and was a pupil of the Czech violin virtuoso Otakar Ševcík.


April 2013 © Thomas Kleissl


During the night of the pogrom the furniture of the pension and the flat was smashed and most of the windows were broken.

Laura Popper hoped to find accommodation in Mrs. Kappelsberger’s home after her husband had been arrested, but this proved impossible due to the damage. The English teacher of her sons, Siegfried and Robert, who had lived in this pension, had been able to leave Innsbruck in time. Mrs Kappelsberger also left Innsbruck and went to Feldkirch.

Pension Kappelsberger  



update 01.10.2013


References: (1) Laura Popper, Brief an ihre Kinder vom 18.11.1938 - in "Austrian Memories by Robert Popper", <Robert Popper Collection, 1909-1999>, Leo Baeck Institute - http://access.cjh.org/home.php?type=extid&term=1177611#1 - last visit 26.12.2012

(2) "Austrian Memories by Robert Popper" - Leo Baeck Institute

(3) http://feldkirch.at/rathaus/archiv/dateien/musikalischer-altstadtspaziergang.pdf

(4) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otakar_Šev?%C3%ADk


Photo credit: Pension Kappelsberger - http://ansichtskarten.delcampe.at/page/item/id,149482333,var,AK-Innsbruck-Pension-Kappelsberger-in-der-Templstrasse-8,language,G.html last visit 01.10.2013


Translation: Gerhard Buzas


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