Alzbeta Schafferova, Helena Pollakova and Viera Slesingerova

Alzbeta Schafferova, Helena Pollakova and Viera Slesingerova
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  • Foto aufgenommen in:
    Bratislava
    Jahr:
    1927
    Ländername:
    Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938
    Name des Landes heute:
    Slovakia
This is picture of me as a small kid, aunt Alzbeta Schafferova, nee Paszternak, who is the lady in white, and my mum Helena Pollakova, nee Paszternak, who wears dark clothes. The picture was taken in Bratislava in 1927. My mom was born in 1896 in a small village near Kosice called Buzita. She had a secondary school education, probably with a focus on commerce. My mom was a nice, pretty woman. She was a housewife. She did the shopping and cooking, as dad came home for lunch. She always had a maid to help her out. In the afternoons she would knit, crochet and make covers, which she enjoyed doing. She also enjoyed having company, visiting friends and going to cafes with dad. Mom used to read a lot, mostly in German, especially Werfel, Mann and Zweig. My mom came from a large, religious family and had nine brothers and sisters - Izidor, the oldest, Serena, Koloman, Irma, Charlota, Ilona, Alzbeta, Mikulas, Marie. Most of her siblings lived in various places in Slovakia and were far less religious than their parents. 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.

Interview details

Interviewte(r): Viera Šlesingerová
Interviewt von:
Pavla Neuner
Monat des Interviews:
January
Jahr des Interviews:
2004
Prague, Tschechien

HAUPTPERSON

Alzbeta Schafferova
Geburtsjahr:
1902
Geburtsort:
Buzica
Geburtsland:
Österreich
Todesjahr:
1991
Sterbeort (Land):
Israel
Familiennamen
  • Vorheriger Familienname: 
    Paszternak
    Grund der Namensänderung: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1920

Andere Person

Helena Pollakova
Geburtsjahr:
1896
Geburtsort:
Buzica
Geburtsland:
Österreich
Todesjahr:
1944
Todesort:
Auschwitz
Sterbeort (Land):
Poland
Todesort:
Auschwitz
Beruf
Vor dem 2. Weltkrieg:
Housewife
  • Vorheriger Familienname: 
    Paszternak
    Jahr der Namensänderung: 
    1920
    Grund der Namensänderung: 
    Marriage

Weitere Informationen

Ebenfalls interviewt von:
Jewish Museum in Prague, Shoah Visual History Foundation
Interviewdatum:
1990s

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