In 2016, Jackie Sallon from London was in Vienna with her siblings at the invitation of the Jewish Welcome Service – on the search for traces of her grandparents, who were murdered in the Shoah. This research resulted in it being possible to lay stones of remembrance in May.
The stones of remembrance at Hahngasse 18 (Vienna IX) remember Lane Horoszowski-Bleich (born 1887) and Jakob Bleich (born 1884). Lane and Jakob were deported by the Nazis to Maly Trostinec in 1942 and murdered there. Both were native to Galicia in Eastern Europe. Lane’s family ran a postcard company in Vienna; Jakob served in the Austro-Hungarian cavalry in the Balkans in the First World War and was awarded the Iron Cross.
Jackie Sallon returned to Vienna for the unveiling of the memorial stones with her children Chris and Jamie Sallon. Jackie’s siblings Nina Werman (New York), Suky Werman (Massachusetts), and Samuel Rubin (New York) were also present at the ceremony.
A moving speech made reference to Lane and Jakob. Remarks included: “My grandparents, Jakob and Lane Bleich are now memorialized by their family and loved. They are part of our flesh and bones and the blood that runs within each of us. They are me, my four sisters, all of our children and grandchildren forever.”