The Stern family

The Stern family
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  • Photo taken in:
    Lucenec
    Year when photo was taken:
    1938
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938
    Country name today:
    Slovakia
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Foto ?Sport? atelier, Lucenec, Masarykova 31
This is a picture of the Stern family. Sitting third from the right is my mother, Ilona or Ilonka Stern, née Braun. The first on the right, the man in the glasses, is my father, Andor Stern. Standing above him is my cousin Imre Haasz. He was a writer. During the war, the Nyilasovites beat him so severely that they sent him home to just die. He wouldn't put up with anyone at his side, only my brother. My brother was holding his hand when he died. Standing beside him is my other cousin, Sandor Berko. He was also a noted author. He published a book named ?Az ördög köpenyében? [?In The Devil's Frock?]. They Nyilasites killed him, too. I?m standing in the middle. The fourth from the right is Aunt Jozefina Berko. Standing above her is her son, Sandor Berko. Seated at the head of the table is Blanka neni [Aunt Blanka], my father's sister, whose married name was Haasz. Her husband was Arpad bacsi [Uncle Arpad]. In the concentration camp he gave me cutlery - a spoon and fork. They took everything from me anyways. The group of men standing on the left: In the middle is my father's brother, Sandor bacsi [Uncle Sandor]. Third from the left is Arpad bacsi [Uncle Arpad], the first on the left is Jozska. He was an architectural engineer. The first on the left is a German lady, the wife of a friend of ours. Her name was Betka. Sitting beside here is my cousin with her husband. Fourth from the left is Aunt Gizella Stern. Aunt Gizella is also my husband's aunt. Her maiden name was Sacher, and my husband's mother's maiden name was also Sacher. Besides me, and probably that German lady, too, our whole family that's in the photograph were murdered during World War II.

Interview details

Interviewee: Viola Rozalia Fischerova
Interviewer:
Barbora Pokreis
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2007
Bratislava, Slovakia

KEY PERSON

Andor Stern
Jewish name:
Rachel
Year of birth:
1888
City of birth:
Lucenec
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1944
City of death:
Auschwitz
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Auschwitz
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant

Other Person

Viola Rozalia Fischerova
Year of birth:
1922
City of birth:
Lucenec
Occupation
after WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper
  • Previous family name: 
    Stern
    Year of changing: 
    1946
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education (University of Southern California)
Date of interview:
1990s

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