Gertruda Weinsteinova

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  • Photo taken in:
    Prague
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic

This is a picture of my mom Gertruda Weinsteinova, nee Steinova. The photo was taken in Prague in the 1930s.

She was born into a German-speaking family in Palupin in 1904. She graduated from the German lyceum in Jihlava, which was a kind of secondary school for girls. She met my dad in quite an interesting way.

Mom was one of five children, four daughters and one son, who was the future owner of the estate. The daughters had to get married and the most important thing of all was for the future husband to be a Jew. But they lived in a village where there was no chance of meeting any.

It was, therefore, the duty of an uncle who had studied agriculture in Ceske Budejovice to bring along Jewish boys to see the sisters in Palupin. But because they were girls from the estate and no riffraff, the boys had to be graduates or at least young students. That was the way it was.

Before my brother and i were born, my mom helped dad out in the medical office, but later on she was a housewife. Mom came probably from a more religious family than my dad, but she wasn't religious herself.

She was different from my dad - more practical, and more sociable, too. Ladies would come round to our place quite regularly to play bridge; they spoke German and they were all Jewish.

We used to have various different guests round, though. But as far as I can remember, the closest friends of my parents were all Jews. My mom occasionally played the piano. I learnt to play the piano with my brother, too, but I didn't stick to it.

Interview details

Interviewee: Anna Lorencova
Interviewer:
Pavla Neuner
Month of interview:
July
Year of interview:
2003
Prague, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Gertruda Weinsteinova
Year of birth:
1904
City of birth:
Palupin
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1988
City of death:
Prague
Country of death:
Czech Republic
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Nurse
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Schulzova
    Year of changing: 
    1921
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Additional Information

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

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