WODIANER (VODIANER) family moved from Moravia to
Bács megye around the mid-1700s. Family
tradition maintains that they were originally from
Spain. The family developed two main branches
along professional lines--one branch traded in
cereal, wool and tobacco, the other branch dealt in
books and magazines.
The WODIANER family was
very prominent in
well as in the nearby town of Szeged. Members
of both branches also established prominent
businesses in Pest.
The grain merchant branch
of the family, with very few exceptions, converted
The founder of the book
merchant branch, Fülöp WODIANER (1820,
Hódmezõvásárhely - 1899,
Budapest), played a significant role in creating
business-political publications and was one of the
great publishing businessmen of the Austro-Hungarian
learned the printing trade in Pest, and worked in
print shops in Pozsony and Vienna. In 1842 he
became the printing director of a newspaper and in
1848 he was the printer in charge of Government
publications as well as of the mint. In Pest
in 1856 he opened a print shop and in 1861 founded
the journal Magyarország ("Hungary") then in
1867 the Magyar Ujság ("Hungarian
News"). He also created the Magyar
Néplap ("Hungarian Folk News") featuring
items of interest to peasants, small tradesmen and
artisans. In 1874 bought a publishing
house. His company grew to become a most
influential newspaper and book publishing house,
printing many Jewish titles and doing much to
promote the Hebrew language and the Jewish press in
general. Towards the end of his life, he and
his sons received titles of nobility. One son,
Arthur WODIANER (1860-1921) joined the company and
established his name publishing school textbooks.
1) Fülöp/Phillip WODIANER v. VASARHELY
(1820 HMV-1899, BP) married Julia WAIZNER
WODIANER v. VASARHELY (1860, Pest -?) married Olga
WOLFINGER in 1890 in Pest.
Hermina (1891, Pest - ?) married Vilmos KANITZ
(1880-1940) in 1918.
WODIANER v. VASARHELY
Juliska/Julianna WODIANER v. VASARHELY (1896-?)
married first Lajos Rikard LEFEBOR (1886-1925) in
1919, then Dr. Erno SZEGO (1885-?) in 1926.
WODIANER v. VASARHELY. (1862, BP - 1892, BP;
died of intestinal cancer)
Ilona/Helene/Ilka/Henrietta WODIANER v. VASARHELY
(1863, Pest -1940) married Arnold/Albert WAIZNER in
1883 in Pest.
WAIZNER (1884, Pest - ?) married Gyõzõ
WEISZ (1869-?) in 1904.
2) Irma WODIANER v. VASARHELY (1865, Pest -?)
married Miksa/Max BERGER (surname changed to BARTHA)
in 1888 in Pest.
Zsigmond BERGER/BARTHA (1895, BP -?)
Sandor BERGER/BARTHA (1896-?) married Vanda HAJDU
(1907, Jaszbereny -?) in 1927.
Farkas/Ferencz BERGER/BARTHA; renounced Jewish faith
WODIANER v. VASARHELY (1866, Pest -1942) married
Jozsef/Pinkas ROSENZWEIG (surname changed to RADNAI)
2) Hugo WODIANER v. VASARHELY
(1868, Pest -?) married Mariska HIRSCHLER (1878-?)
WODIANER v. VASARHELY (1901-?) married Henrik LOIDIN
(1901, Zagreb -?) in 1932.
WODIANER v. VASARHELY (1869, Pest -?) married
Juliska STEINER (1895, Pest-?)
2) Ferenc WODIANER v. VASARHELY (1872-1872; lived
two months; Pest)
Another member of the
WODIANER family, journalist and stenographer Soma
WODIANER (1861, Hódmezõvásárhely - 1918,
Budapest; surname changed to FORRAI), helped to
popularize the Gabelsberger-Markovits stenographical
system in Hungary. An excellent teacher of
stenography, he was also the founder and president
of the Association of Stenographers and published
many articles and textbooks on the subject.
The webmaster is also
researching the H/UNGERLEIDER family, and found the
following in Eger and Pest records:
1) Herman/Armin WODIANER married Fani HUNGERLEIDER (b. Hódmezõvásárhely)
2) Moritz/Zsiga WODIANER (1852, HMV -
first wife <unknown>, divorced, then married
Rezi NEUMAN (1856, N. Csath -?) in 1880 in Eger.
2) Regina WODIANER (1852,
Mezo-Kovesd -?) married Jakob RAUCHWERK (1828-?), a
widower, in Pest in 1879.
2) Ezekiel Josef WODIANER
2) Herman WODIANER (1857-1857,
lived one day)
2) Hildegard WODIANER (1859-?)
2) Samuel WODIANER (1861-?),
married Leonora BACK (born in Nadszeg, Pozsony
megye) in 1892 in Pest.
WODIANER (1892, Pest-?) married Bruno HEILIG (1888,
BP -?) in 1914.
WODIANER (1894, Pest-?)
Julia/Julianna WODIANER (1897 -?) married/divorced
her first husband, then married Dr. Geza FILEP
(1897, Dunafoldvar -?) in 1932. She also converted
the same year to the Reform Christian faith.
WODIANER (1899-?) married Katalin/Livia/Eva SZEKELY
(1910-?) in 1934.
2) Adelheid/Edel WODIANER
(1863-1863, lived 26 days)
2) Adam/Asher/Antal WODIANER
(1864-1945, Budapest), converted to Roman
Catholicism in 1883; married Terezia Ernestina
2) Sarolta/Scheindel WODIANER
(1867-?); converted to Roman Catholicism in
2) Ilona WODIANER (1870,
Ujpest-?); converted to Roman Catholicism in 1892.
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