grave of Daniel Harrwitz |
It's due to our member Luca D'Ambrosio that the
chess encyclopaedia have to be corrected once again: in his home
town Bolzano Luca has discovered the grave of Daniel Harrwitz,
the life data of Harrwitz engraved there differ from those previously
published, but they are correct with a high probability as to the
date of birth and definitely as to the date of death, the latter
has been verified by the "Totenbuch" as well as by a mention
in the Bozner Zeitung. The new data are:
* 22/02/1821 (Wrocław)
† 02/01/1884 (Bolzano)
You will find a summary of the research results at Edward Winter's
Chess Notes No.
The (German) Wikipedia page on Harrwitz already includes the new life
data - see http://de.wikipedia.org/...
gravestone with the engraving
Moreover Luca D'Ambrosio has provided us with an article from the Südtiroler
SportMagazin (November 2009, p. 28f.): Ein
gelüftetes Schachrätsel as well as with a contribution in Italian
from Alto Adige: Lo
scacco matto allo scacchista (pdf files); additionally a note from
the Dolomiten, 28/09/2009, p. 8: Schachgenie
ist in Bozen begraben (jpg file).
It's an interesting detail that Harrwitz lived at that time in rented
accomodation in an inn (address: Zollstange 173), in the commune of Zwölfmalgreien.
The picture below from the year 1914 shows the building where Harrwitz
had lived. In Harrwitz' times however the inn had a different name: from
a postcard of 1887 we take the name "Gasthof Rainer" [Rainer
Inn], probably the name was identical three years before.
The a.m. commune was incorporated into the town of Bolzano in 1911 and
the street names were changed.
from a book with old Bolzano picture postcards
G. Sessa: Die Stadt Bozen in den Ansichtskarten 1890-1940.
Gardolo: edizioni ARCA, 1989, p. 135
Gasthof Rosengarten, Mühlgasse, 1914 (Ansicht A)
The building was located near by the railway station and has been severely
damaged by bombings in World War II. Nevertheless some parts of the
house have remained and about midyear 1984 were classified as an historical
monument. The picture of the "Raiffeisenkasse" in the SportMagazin
shows the former outside wall of the inn with the four square windows
and the green shutters.
after bombings in World War II
We congratulate Luca D'Ambrosio to this remarkable success, and we wish
him all the best for the Harrwitz book planned by him later on!