Rachel Berdach

Rachel Berdach
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  • Foto aufgenommen in:
    Seesen
    Ländername:
    Germany, 1870-1945
    Name des Landes heute:
    Germany

This is a photo of my great-aunt Rachel and her friends. It was taken in Seesen, where we had a family house.

Rachel was my grandmother's younger sister. Rachel was a well-known writer: a novelist, journalist and poet. When Queen Elisabeth of Austria was murdered, the German Writers' Association held a memorial meeting and Rachel's poems were recited. Rachel married one of her cousins, Otto Bardach. Rachel lived in a hotel, after she had a passionate affair with a man. They agreed they would leave everything behind and get married. The man killed himself; he was unable to choose between his children and Rachel.

Our summer house in Cezn had a gigantic park. We bred racehorses. Every member of the family had a car. There were many servants: from the butler to the cook, from the chauffeur to the 'lady's companion.' We observed Shabbat, but they did not dare take me to synagogue. Anti-Semitism was increasing. In 1927, it had become so bad that my mother declared she could not stand it any longer, and she moved us back to Pest.

Interview details

Interviewte(r): Eva Bato
Interviewt von:
Dora Sardi, Eszter Andor
Monat des Interviews:
February
Jahr des Interviews:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

HAUPTPERSON

Rachel Berdach
Geburtsjahr:
1878
Geburtsort:
Berlin
Geburtsland:
Deutschland
Todesjahr:
1961
Todesort:
Baden
Sterbeort (Land):
Switzerland
Gestorben:
after WW II
Beruf
Vor dem 2. Weltkrieg:
Writer
nach dem 2. Weltkrieg:
Writer

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