Birnbaum, Aniela Franciszka
- Born: Apr 10, 1892, Mariagrun, Austria
She emigrated to Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Geni.com has an image of he r immigration card. It is dated August 24, 1940. Her passport was is sued at the Polish Consulate in London on December 5, 1938 [or perhap s 1936, it's hard to read]. Her given name appears only as Aniela (wi thout Franciszka). Her parents' names are Henrykk Birnbaum and Evelin a Pairamall. She was admitted to Brazil on a temporary basis.
After her divorce from Henryk Birnbaum, Ewelina married a medical doct or named Dr. Pairamall [also spelled Paira Mall and Paira-Mall]. He i s described as "Hinda Pairamall, Hindu physician," according to the En glish translation of the Biographical Dictionary of the Jews of Lodz . Some information can be found about a Dr. Pairamall on th eInterne t who is probably Ewelina's husband.
On "The Open University: Making Britain" he is described as being o f "Indian descent." His dates are 1874-1957. His name is given as th ough "Paira" is his first name and "Mall" is his surname. He worked a s an agent for Sir Henry Wellcome beginning in 1911 for about a decade , for Wellcome's history of medicine museum in London. He bought man y Sanskrit manuscripts and also paintings which are housed in the muse um. He was also involved in the INdia Society in England in 1910.
In the book An Infinity of Things: How Sir Henry Wellcome Collected t he World, Frances Larson -- quoting someone else -- writes that Dr. Pa ira Mall was of "Hindoo extraction" and that he had been brought up b y "an English lady" and sent to a missionary training college in Londo n.
In the British Medical Journal (vol. 2, 1894), there is a mention o f a "G. Paira-Mall, London Hospital." His name is in a list of thos e who have passed an exam in elementary anatomy.
In 1900, in a medical journal called The Lancet, there is a "Dr. L. Pa iramall, Kapurthala, India."
In several journals from 1900 (such as The Journal of the Chemical Soc iety, the Experimental Station Record) it is noted that someone name d "L. Paira-Mall" wrote on the topic of the digestion of birds: "An e xperimental study of the physiology of the digestion of birds, wit h a critical review of the leterature on the subject." This appeare d in a German review called Pfluger's Archiv, 1900.
Ewelina was herself was a talented musician. She studied piano in Vie nna with the Polish pianist Teodor Leszetycki (1830-1915) who operate d a prestigious private piano school. She also took lessons in Vienn a from Heinrich Scenker (1868-1935) a Galician born Jewish pianist, co mposer, music theorist and critical. Information about Ewelina and He inrich Schenker can be found on the website "Schenker Documents Online ." According to an entry in Schenker's diary Ewelina owned twenty-sev en or twenty-nine properties and houses in and around Lodz. She was l iving in Vienna in the 1930's but returned to Lodz in 1938.