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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Birth Certificates Giordano Robbiati, Imre Simon and Desider Stern

-.Paper chase.-
-.A perfect example.-

When the amount of hours spent to research + the amount of money spent
 don't relate in any way with the result 
(= disappointment of expectations).

More efforts for less result.

The positive side:
I won't have to make it again!!!

The idea was simple.
After i had visited all cemeteries in Milan (Italy), Budapest (Hungary) and Vienna (Austria),
it felt like a logical step to go for the Birth Certificates.

Let's start with the most successful research disappointment!

Communication: 11 emails between 23rd of March and 19th of May.
Costs: 20,34€

Desider Stern was born in Germany in Breslau.
Breslau is now called Wroclav and lays in Poland.

Until now, all easy.

Finding the right office in Wroclav was not as easy, 
my email which i translated into Polish (thanks to google translate) got forwarded many times.
I misunderstood many times their email... (thanks to google translate).
Mainly, they asked me several times if i was really willing to pay for the hours of research this would result in, which i was.

No results for Desider Stern.
The archive folder is not existing anymore.

Not disappointed at all,
and not taking no for an answer,
i gave the names of Desider Stern's parents and siblings
and TADA!
2 could be found!

Exactly what i was looking for!!!
Apart from the name was not of the designer i am fond of!!!

One document dates 1902, the other 1909... Desider Stern was born 1907.

You can see for yourself the names of Desider Stern's parents and the addresses they lived (change of address between 1902 and 1909).

Communication: 18 emails between 26th of March and 10th of July
Costs: 1,66€

If i can say 2 words that would summarise everything:
Italian administration.

My last chance was to seek help in Milan,
No other expert could help me more than Franco Balzaroti (see here).
I trust he could "do the talk".

With fantastically disappointing results!!!

Ok. It's a birth certificate.
The birth Certificate of Giordano Robbiati,
but where is the charm of original handwritten documents???

See by yourself:

For the ones who didn't know it already,
Giordano Robbiati is born on the 28th of March 1909 in Milan.

For your efforts and insisting phone calls:
Thank you my dear Franco!!!

Communication: 9 emails between 23rd of March and 29th of July.
Costs: 27€

How many kilometres an email can make?
And how the rest can be done by foot...

I initially wrote the first email to Keszthely, the town where Imre Simon was born in 1906.

Then i waited.
From the 23rd of March until the 2nd of July: NOTHING.

Until i got contacted by the Hungarian Consulate in Vienna, which i finally managed to visit today.

It looks official.
It is official.
But boring.
Not at all what i was looking for.

18 weeks and 2 days.
38 emails.

This is how it goes sometimes.

The price to pay for every rise of pulse, heart pressure and Serotonin...
... each and every time i received an email.

The price to pay for one more little bird
that kept circling in my head,
 and can now rest...

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