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My Blood Strangers

Thomas D. Lonner

— 2018

Thomas D. Lonner

Atelier Bachwitz Key Persons

From the collection of Thomas D. Lonner

Thomas D. Lonner

Brother Theodore

(Theodore Gottlieb) Grandson of Arnold & Rosine Bachwitz

circa 1990

Thomas D. Lonner

Albert Einstein Sailing with Grete Lebach

Margerete (Grete) Bachwitz), daughter of Arnold & Rosine Bachwitz

1937

Thomas D. Lonner

Grete and Willi Lebach

(Bad Gastein)

1936

The great-grandson of Arnold and Rosine Bachwitz, Thomas D. Lonner wrote an essay in the form of a story about his family, their company Atelier Bachwitz / Bachwitz AG, and the Palais des Beaux Arts building in Vienna. Based on all of the evidence that he could piece together from retold fragments, fugitive documents and books, the text represents the most comprehensive portrait of the Bachwitz family to date.

(...) You don’t know me, there is no reason that you should. I am not a celebrity, a novelist, or historian. But, if you are standing in this complex of buildings and in the lovely Palais des Beaux Arts Wien itself, I have a story to tell you. The building is a part of me or, perhaps better said, I am a part of it even though we met only recently, lovers meeting only at the very end of the movie just before the credits roll.