Emil Jacob Schindler was born in Vienna Leopoldstadt (the other side of the Danube) in the same former fishing village, which was patronized by a Lady from the Danube. His father was a serious industrialist and wealthy in weaving. He wanted his son to receive a decent public service. But Emil did not fulfill his father’s desire, but began to study painting at the Academy of Fine Arts. Schindler was the main representative of the moderate Viennese impressionist school of landscape painting. Hans Makart was one of his friends. At the age of 31, he married Anna, who was already a burden on their daughter Alma. A small family lived with artist-colleague Julius Victor Berger. During the absence of Emil Jacob, Anna Schindler began a relationship with Julius Victor. Margaret Julie Schindler, born August 16, 1880, is probably Berger's daughter. Emil Jacob Schindler died at the height of his success in 1892 as a result of appendicitis not operated on time. He was honored with a grave at the Vienna Central Cemetery, which was also created by the sculptor Edmund Hellmer, but, unfortunately, was destroyed by the consequences of the war. Schindler’s widow married in 1895 the artist Karl Moll (1861-1945), with whom she already had a relationship during the life of her husband. Both are buried in a tomb, near Alma Mahler, at the Grinzinger Cemetery. The fate of the first daughter of Schindler. Remember her name was Alma? The 17-year-old Alma was looked after by the artist Gustav Klimt. She had an affair with composer Alexander von Zemlinsky, but she married the composer and conductor Gustav Mahler, who was 19 years older than her. In this marriage, she had two daughters - Mary, who died in the fifth year of her life, and Anna. Already during Mahler’s life, Alma began an affair with the architect and founder of the Bauhaus, Walter Gropius, whom she eventually married after Mahler’s death and a passionate romance with the artist Oscar Kokoschka, who dedicated one of her best paintings, “Bride of the Wind”. In a short marriage with Gropius, the daughter of Manon was born. After a divorce from Gropius, she became the wife of the writer Franz Werfel, with whom she emigrated to the United States. She outlined the history of her life in the autobiography “My Life”. Public opinion regarding Alma Mahler-Werfel was very mixed. Alma herself considered herself a muse, inspiring creativity, and some contemporaries agreed with this assessment. Berndt W. Wessling, one of Alma Mahler-Werfel’s biographers, called her "a symbolic image in the history of this century." Other contemporaries saw in Alma a sexually obsessed fatal woman who used her famous life companions, an anti-Semitic who wrote, in particular, in her diary, that Jews could be dealt with, but they could not be married, and forced Franz Werfel to renounce marriage Judaism. The writer Gina Kaus claimed Alma was the worst person she knew. Ivan Gaulle's wife, Claire, wrote that “the one who married Alma Mahler must die”, and Alma’s friend Marietta Thorberg believed that Alma was both a great woman and a cesspool.
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