Marie Pastzernak, Alzbeta Schafferova and Ilona Kleinova

Marie Pastzernak, Alzbeta Schafferova and Ilona Kleinova
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    Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938
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This is a picture of my mum's sisters. From the left: Marie Pastzernak, Alzbeta Schafferova and Ilona Kleinova.(all nee Pasternak). I suppose that the picture was taken in Kosice sometime in the 1920s because Marie and Ilona lived there. Aunt Alzbeta was my favorite aunt. Before getting married, she graduated from a commercial high school. She worked and lived with us in Bratislava, as we had a large apartment there at the time. She then married a Jewish traveling salesman called Viliam Schaffer. Her husband wasn't home very often, due to the nature of his job, so she used to stay at our place. I loved her very much and was very close to her. She was very witty. I knew my mom's side of the family the most. Dad's sister, Aunt Hermina, was once staying over at our place when Aunt Alzbeta came along. When dad brought her in, I ran up to her with joy, as I always did. Afterwards, mom told me off for never greeting Aunt Hermina in the same way. Aunt Alzbeta always had health problems. She loved children and in 1939 became pregnant, but because of the war she didn't want to have a child, so she gave it away. During the war, Alzbeta and her husband were in a camp in Novaky and during the Slovak Uprising they hid out in the mountains. They both survived the war. They didn't have any children later on. Marie never married, for she was very choosy and never liked anyone enough, which annoyed her sisters. She was a cheerful woman, though. At first she lived in Kosice, later she moved to Ruthenia for work. She perished in Auschwitz. Ilona married and became Mrs. Kleinova, but didn't have any children. She lived in Kosice where she ran a powder and cosmetics factory with her husband. Neither of them survived the Holocaust.

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Interviewee: Viera Šlesingerová
Pavla Neuner
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Prague, Czech Republic


Alzbeta Schafferova
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Ilona Kleinova
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Concentration camp
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Co-owner of cosmetics factory

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Also interviewed by:
Jewish Museum in Prague, Shoah Visual History Foundation
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