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Bonka Davico with her great-grandson Stevan Divljan

I and my great-grandson Stevan Divljan in their garden in Vienna in 2002.

My granddaughter Dina married Vlada Divljan, a famous musician and lived in Belgrade.

My daughter left for Vienna on business just about the time the bombing was about to begin (Editor’s note: the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in March 1999).

We had a house in Vienna about which something had to be arranged. -She called and said, mama, leave for Vienna immediately, there’s going to be a bombing.

Lucia Heilman

Wien, Austria

Name of interviewee: Lucia Heilman
City: Vienna
Country: Austria
Interviewer: Tanja Eckstein
Date of interview: September 2012

 

Dr. Lucia Heilman still lives in the apartment her mother received from the Russian commandant’s office after the war.

She later lived in this apartment with her husband and raised her daughters there, so it contains many memories.

She felt more at home, however, with her husband in the smaller apartment on Semmerring.

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Olga Brodova

This is a picture of my mother Olga Brodova, nee Pickova. It was taken in Vienna in the Nachim Chefez studio, but I don’t know when.

My mother was born on 29th January 1890 in Ledec nad Sazavou. Her mother tongue was German I think, but she spoke Czech perfectly, her handwriting was also clear.

When she spoke, the same as when she wrote letters, she crossed over fluently from one language to the other. Both languages were completely normal back then.

Toman Brod in Vienna

This photo is from Vienna, probably from the year 1963. I think that it was actually the first time I had visited Vienna; I was there for some conference. I didn't go abroad too often, to go somewhere outside of Communist Czechoslovakia wasn't that easy.

At the beginning of the 1960s the time of horrors passed, it was again somewhat freer, and I got an offer from the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, to concern myself with international and Czechoslovak politics under their auspices.

Vladimir Baum

Wien, Austria

Vladimir Baum 
Wien 
Österreich 
Name des Interviewers: Tanja Eckstein  
Datum des Interviews: September 2004 

Herr Baum, ein mittelgroßer schmächtiger Mann, begegnet mir das erste Mal bei der Gartenparty einer Freundin in Baden. Er hat eine leise Stimme und ist sehr sympathisch.

Als er über meine Arbeit als Interviewerin erfährt, bittet er mich zu sich und seiner Frau in ihre Wohnung im 1. Wiener Gemeindebezirk, sehr nahe dem Schwedenplatz.

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Familie Leo Geduldig

Das ist ein Teil der Familie Geduldig.

Dieses Foto wurde vor dem Krieg in Wien aufgenommen, es kann sogar in der Wohnung von meinem Onkel Leo in der Rotenturmstrasse gewesen sein. Ich glaube, das war in den 1930er Jahren.

Hintere Reihe: Der Mann mit dem Schnurbart ist mein Cousin Edi Geduldig. Neben ihm steht seine Frau Mimi. Neben Mimi steht Edis Schwester Luzie und neben ihr steht ihr Ehemann, der Herr Altmann.

Davor sitzen mein Onkel Leo Geduldig, der Vater von Edi und Luzie und Hanni, die Mutter von Edi und Luzie.

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