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John Baxter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813126012

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813126012.001.0001

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(p.5) Vienna
Von Sternberg

John Baxter

University Press of Kentucky

Jonas Stenberg was born on May 29, 1894, in Vienna, then the capital of the Austro-Hungarian empire. His father, Moses Sternberg, came from a family of woodworkers but had been inducted into the Austrian army. His mother, Serafin Singer, was the daughter of an instructor who gave classes in German, the “official” language, to recruits; coming from all corners of the imperial domain, these new soldiers might speak any one of a dozen tongues or dialects. Jonas's parents were unmarried when he was conceived, which scandalized both families. With grudging pride, von Sternberg cites less damning proof of his father's strength, such as the ability to lift a man by his heels and hold him out at arm's length.

Keywords:   Austrian army, woodworkers, imperial domain, scandal

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