Ilona Seifert with her mother Iren Riemer and sister in Abbazia

Our family on holiday in Abbazia. We are sitting in the garden of the Orthodox hotel, the Breiner. Many of my relatives are in this picture. My mother, sister and I are sitting in the front. My grandparents should also be somewhere in this photo, which was taken in the 1920s. From early childhood, we went to Abbazia and to Semmering for summer holidays. We went to Semmering supposedly to give us a better appetite, because we were so skinny. Daddy came to Semmering only on the weekends. We spent a month at each place. In Abbazia, Daddy was with us for a few days, sometimes even for two weeks, but we were there with Mommy for a month (and in Semmering too). The whole extended family went down to Abbazia at the same time. We traveled by train. That was a big journey, which took almost a whole day, and we had to change trains at Fiume, not easy with our large amounts of luggage. In Abbazia, we all lived in the Breiner Hotel, a strictly kosher hotel. I remember that the meat table and the meat section were set with red covers, and the milk table and section with nice blue tablecloths. You could eat meat or milk-based meals, but the two parts were kept separate. The Breiner was the only kosher hotel in Abbazia, so all our Jewish acquaintances also stayed there. The family all went together, my mother and the two of us (and of course the Fräulein - since she worked all year, it was natural that we wouldn't leave to go on holiday without her!). My mother's younger sister with her two sons also went, as did our grandparents, and, I think, others as well. There were lots of children in Abbazia, as well as our acquaintances, relatives and neighbors. Everybody knew everybody else. There was also always a rabbi who spent his summer holiday there, because the place was kosher enough even for him. He conducted a religious service every Sabbath, as there was a synagogue there, too. I must have been around 15 when we went to Abbazia for the last time.

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