- Profession: Salonniere Hamburg. Music salon.
- Relation to Mahler: Hamburg
- Correspondence with Mahler:
- Born: 14-10-1834 in Alexandria, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt. Her father is Leopold Schiff (1797) from Mannheim who moved to Trieste. Mother is Johanna (Hänchen) Schiff (Wollheim) (1811).
- Sister of Charles (Carl) Gottlieb Samuele Schiff; Giustina Rodenberg; Sir Ernest Frederick Schiff; Alfred George Schiff en Jenny Schiff.
- Married: 1859 Hamburg to Dr. Jacob Lazarus (1819-1881).
- Died: 14-09-1903 Hamburg. (Aged 68).
Also: Emma Alessandra Lazarus. Called Henriette.
Address: Esplenada No. 37. Designed 1881. Building never seen by Jacob Lazarus. Emma lived here with her unmarried sisters Virginia Schiff (1842-1911) and Jenny Schiff(1844-1924). Large library in the house. Often visited by Gustav Mahler.
- Year 1892: 25-12-1892 Hamburg: Christmas in Hamburg with Henriette Lazarus.
- She is also a friend of Hermann Behn (1857-1927).
- Supporter of Hans von Bulow (1830-1894).
Leopold Schiff (1797-1874) and Johanna appear to have spent the early years of their married life in Alexandria, where there first child Emma Alessandra (named in honour of her birthplace) was born 14-10-1834. Giustina was born, as were the rest of the couple’s nine children 1837. Samuele followed in 1838, Arie Natan in 1839, Salomon in 1840, Virginia in 1842, Jenny in 1844, Ottavia in 1845 and Eliezer Hassi was a late arrival in 1849. Their stories are remarkable: they spread throughout the world, to Hamburg, Berlin, Cincinnati, London and Vienna. Their stories were remarkable and well worth the recounting. Their achievements were memorable and in many different ways. As they moved across continents their names were transformed into their German or English versions.
1. Emma Alessandra Schiff (named Henriette), born 14.10.1834 in Alexandria, married Dr. Jacob Lazarus (*1819,+1881) 1859 in Hamburg, died 14.09.1903.
2. Giustina Schiff (later: Justina), born 28.7.1837 in Trieste, married Julius Rodenberg (*1831, +1914) 1863 in Berlin, died 1923.
3. Samuele Schiff (Carl Gottlieb, also Charles), born 1.11.1838 in Trieste.
4. Arie Natan Schiff (later: Alfred George), born 11.11.1839 in Trieste.
5. Salomon Schiff (later: Ernesto Federico and Ernest Frederick), born 15.11.1840 in Trieste.
6. Virginia Schiff, born 5.1.1842 in Trieste, moved 1871 to Hamburg, unmarried, died ? there.
7. Jenny Schiff, born 24.6.1844 in Trieste, moved 1871 to Hamburg, died September 1924 there.
8. Ottavia Schiff, born 29.11.1845 in Trieste.
9. Eliezer Hassi Schiff (later: Eduard Schiff), born 4.3.1849 in Trieste, German Gymnasium 1861 in Trieste, “Gelehrtenschule des Johanneum” 1863 in Hamburg, final examination 1868 in Trieste, Dr. med. 1875 in Vienna, died 5.3.1913 there.
These must have been happy times for the three sisters, mothering this young man. Although he describes all three as elderly, Jenny was only eleven years older than himself, Henriette was 59 years old. Their calm friendship was appreciated, and he relished their gracious company. At this time Mahler was still nominally Jewish, his conversion 1897 was the price he paid for promotion in Vienna. As an assimilated Jew he enjoyed spending Christmas with the three Jewish sisters from Trieste.
Mary-Lu providing another aspect to the Mahler-Schiff friendship. She wrote:
Did I tell you the story about Mahler which I had from my mother? Apparently her mother, Lucile Newell Schiff, Samuele’s (Carlo) third child, and second daughter, always said that when she wrote her autobiography she would tell that aged 4 she was carried up to bed on Gustav Mahler’s shoulders. Maybe this was on one of the occasions when Gustav was spending Christmas with Henriette/Emma who would have been aunt to my granny: he could have gone to supper with Carlo or maybe they were staying with the ladies. I am so glad to have this other confirmation of the connection with Mahler.
Almost certainly Lucile met Mahler in 1892 when he came to London as a guest conductor from 26th May to 23rd July. The dates are perfect. Lucile was born 27-02-1887 so she would have been five. I am sure the three Schiff sisters in Hamburg would have given the introduction. Mahler was in Hamburg from 26-03-1891 till 1897, and his friendship with the Schiff sisters was strongest at the beginning of his sojourn.