Laura, Rachel and Karoly Berdach

Laura, Rachel and Karoly Berdach
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  • Photo taken in:
    Vienna
    Year when photo was taken:
    1901
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Austria
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Strelishy

My grandmother Laura was a woman of the Austrian Monarchy. She spoke very little Hungarian, only a few words, and was very funny when she tried. Instead of 'food' she said 'tool,' I don't exactly know why, she made a lot of mistakes like that. I did not know my grandfather on my father's side[Laura's husband] because he died very young.

My grandmother's younger brother was a lawyer who changed his name from Berdach to the Hungarian Barna. As Karoly Barna he was the general director of the Danube Steamship Company. He was very rich. He lived here in Hungary.

My grandmother had a younger sister, Rachel, who was a well-known writer: a novelist, journalist and poet. For instance when Queen Elisabeth of Austria was murdered, the German Writers' Association held a memorial meeting and her poems were recited, poems written for the occasion. Rachel married one of her cousins, Otto Bardach. (He was also from the Berdach family, but due to clerical misspelling of their name, they went by Bardach.) Because they were cousins they did not want to have children, and they did not have any. Rachel was a very beautiful, very graceful woman.

Interview details

Interviewee: Eva Bato
Interviewer:
Dora Sardi, Eszter Andor
Month of interview:
February
Year of interview:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Laura Bato
Year of birth:
1873
City of birth:
Berlin
Country name at time of birth:
Germany
Year of death:
1943
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife, beautician
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Berdach
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Rachel Berdach
Year of birth:
1878
City of birth:
Berlin
Country name at time of birth:
Germany
Year of death:
1961
City of death:
Baden
Country of death:
Switzerland
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Writer
after WW II:
Writer

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