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Rosa Kaiserman as a girl

This is me, Rosa Kaiserman.

The back of the photo reads 14th September 1941. I was almost 16 years old.

I was wearing an ecru dress, made of some cloth – it was a very well done, with sporty pockets. It was a very beautiful frock.

On that time there were three-quarter length dresses, just below the knee.

Because of my eyes I was called the Chinese girl.

I don’t know why. Did I have a lackadaisical look?

They called me that way, the Chinese girl. Actually Chinese women are beautiful.

Rosa Kaiserman

Botoşani , Romania

Rosa Kaiserman
Botoşani
Romania
Interviewer: Major Emoke 
Date of the interview: October 2006

I met Ms. Rosa for the first time at the Club of the Jewish Community in Iassy.

Twice a week about 10 mostly elderly women gather there before dinner time, they take tea and cookies, play Rummy and chat.

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Botoşani

Janos Gottlieb in his office

This is me [Janos Gottlieb] in my office at the university.

I’m retired, still I go to the university every day; I have my place and my computer there.

The photo was taken in May 2006, it was my wife’s eightieth birthday.

I go to the university every day, because I'm still engaged in many scientific projects - not only here, but at home too -, and I kept this hobby of mine.

So I'm still busy with scientific matters; now I'm interested in these new issues, the fractals in physics; these are interesting issues, and I'm working on them.

Janos Gottlieb and Cleopatra Mociutchi

This is me [Janos Gottlieb] and my wife [Cleopatra Mociutchi] in the building of the University of Iasi. It was my wife’s anniversary.

In May 2006 she turned eighty, and our former colleagues organized a very nice birthday celebration. My wife was extremely touched.

My first wife [Aliz Luta] was born in 1927, she is older than me. My second wife is older too, she was born in 1926.

Janos Gottlieb as a child

It is me [Janos Gottlieb] on the photo taken by my father [Laszlo Gottlieb] sometime at the beginning of the 1930s, but I can’t recall where.

I was born in 1929 in Nagybanya. From the age of three I lived at my paternal grandparents.

My grandparents lived in a village somewhere near Nagybanya for a while, I was with them there too, then in Nagybanya.

But when I was five years old, my father took me with him, he rented a quite nice apartment, in a nice part, let's say, of Nagybanya, in a villa.

Janos Gottlieb as a child

This is me [Janos Gottlieb]; my father [Laszlo Gottlieb] took this photo of me in the garden of the house where I was born in Nagybanya, in 1931.

I was born in 1929 in Nagybanya. From the age of three I lived at my paternal grandparents.

My grandparents lived in a village somewhere near Nagybanya for a while, I was with them there too, then in Nagybanya.

But when I was five years old, my father took me with him, he rented a quite nice apartment, in a nice part, let's say, of Nagybanya, in a villa.

Janos Gottlieb and his wife

It’s me [Janos Gottlieb] in the center, with my wife [Cleopatra Mociutchi] on my right side.

The photo was taken in June 1992, when our granddaughter, Mara has just finished forth grade.

I was head of department at the Faculty of Physics of the Iasi University two times.

I had this function from 1962 until 1971 or 1972, when they wound up the smaller departments - in those times the department was called Theory of Physics and Atomistic Structure.

Janos Gottlieb and his wife

On the right is me [Janos Gottlieb], I’m dancing with my wife [Cleopatra Mociutchi].

I don’t remember when and where the photo was taken, I suppose it was taken recently.

Following the events of 1989 my life changed to some extent. It changed in what concerns duality - I didn't have to bother anymore about it.

For the truth is that during the communist era everybody had two faces. I said one thing at home, and other thing outside.

One couldn't speak out their thoughts, only in a very restraint circle. One had to watch out his mouth.

Janos Gottlieb with his wife and foster-daughter

I’m with my wife [Cleopatra Mociutchi] and my foster-daughter [Mihaela Timofte].

I [Janos Gottlieb] am in the center, my wife is on my left side.

I don’t know for sure when it was taken, but not a long time ago. This is a relatively new photo.

When I moved to Iasi, I made some new acquaintances, and I tried to get close to them.

I was on quite good terms with everybody. However, it is hard not only to establish good relationships, but to find people to work with.

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