Photo taken in:BrnoYear when photo was taken:1939Country name at time of photo:Protectorate of Bohemia/Moravia 1938-45Country name today:Czech Republic
This photograph was taken in Brno in 1939. It shows my 10-year-old brother Otto Burgmann. My brother was named Otto after my mother's brother who died in a car accident. Unfortunately I don't remember his Jewish name. He was born in Brno on 17th November 1928. He went to the state elementary school in Brno, which he didn't finish due to his premature death. We liked each other, but of course like all small children we often teased and tormented each other. I don't remember him much, because we didn't have a lot of time together. I was only four when he died. He got appendicitis, but doctors diagnosed it incorrectly. He died in Brno on 9th February 1939. They buried him in the Brno Jewish cemetery. My mother used to tell me that after his death several men would meet in our flat to pray for his soul. Mother was in mourning, she sat shivah, but my father probably didn't.