Janos Gottlieb, Cleopatra Mociutchi and Werner Ullrich

The person on the right is me [Janos Gottlieb], in the center is my wife [Cleopatra Mociutchi], she was already my wife, on the left is Werner Ullrich - Werner is his first name, Ullrich is his family name.

I don’t know anymore precisely when, by the end of the 1960s they set up an astrodome, which roofs over the observatory.

It was him who did it, he came from Germany. The director of the observatory, who was a good friend of mine - he was much older than me, yet we were on good terms - asked me to keep him company, for I spoke German.

Janos Gottlieb after return from deportation

This is me [Janos Gottlieb]. This is the first photo taken of me after I came back to Nagybanya from deportation.

I arrived to Nagybanya on July 14th 1945, and this was taken on July 21st, so after one week.

I looked fine, didn’t I? I had such a look, that as I was walking in the town, met my colleagues, and addressed them, they didn’t recognize me. I had to explain them who I was.

If I know well, in Nagybanya they sent people into the ghetto on 5th May 1944.

Janos Gottlieb and Cleopatra Mociutchi

This is me [Janos Gottlieb] with my wife [Cleopatra Mociutchi]. I think my wife hadn’t been there before.

We went to an excursion in the 1960s to the Bekas-szoros [in Romanian: Cheile Bicazului, in English: Bicaz Canyon].

Sometimes we went to trips with our students. Well, we were colleagues at the university, so we were together on excursions etc.

I finished my studies - mathematics at the Bolyai University - in 1951, then I was an assistant professor for one year at the Bolyai University.

Laszlo Gottlieb before deportation

This is my father, Laszlo Gottlieb. It is one of the last photos of my father; it was taken by a lady photographer in Nagybanya, I forgot her name, though I knew her.

My father was called Laszlo Gottlieb, he was called Laci within the family.

His Romanian name in the Romanian era - after 1920 - was Vasile. He was born in 1897 in Maramarossziget.

After my father finished high school, he got to Budapest. He studied for one year there, at the Technical University.

Janos Gottlieb, the guard

This is a strange thing. I [Janos Gottlieb] am a so-called ‘guard’ - this was a patriotic children’s organisation, and everybody who attended the Romanian school, was a guard. Just like that. [

Ed. note: The ‘Strajeria’ or ‘Straja Tari’ (The Country’s Guard) organisation was established in 1937 by Carol II, the Romanian king.

The members of the paramilitary youth organisation were boys and girls of 8 to 16 years old; the aim was to educate young people to be obedient and helpful, to respect the greatness of the idea of nation.

Piano teacher Erzsebet Kadar and her pupils: Janos Gottlieb, Kato Vida, Zsuzsa Gal

The person in the center, so the forth in the first raw is Erzsebet Kadar, my piano teacher.

Next to her, on her left side it’s me, Janos Gottlieb, behind me to the left - so the forth from left in the second raw - is standing my piano teacher’s daughter, Kato Kadar - she became Kato Vida, the wife of Geza Vida, the famous sculptor -, on her right is Zsuzsi Gal, the daughter of our family doctor.

They were all the piano teacher’s pupils. We were a great family.

Artur Weiser with his family and Janos Gottlieb

This bald man - the person on the right in the upper raw - was one of the owners of the Phonix Factory in Nagybanya, he was called Artur Weiser.

My father worked for him as a highly positioned employee, but in fact the manager summoned him many times as a private secretary and asked for his advice.

That’s why I was on good terms with the entire family. The child on the photo, so the boy on the left in the first raw is me, Janos Gottlieb.

The others are all relatives of Artur Weiser, his family, but I don’t remember their names.

Janos Gottlieb, Sara Goldstein and their companions from the dancing-school

The daughter of Erzsebet Kadar, my piano teacher was both a piano and a dance teacher.

She had a dancing-school, and she directed performances. We presented them in Nagybanya in some sort of houses of culture.

The point was that cultural issues kept us busy. I’m on the right, I’m the smallest in the first raw.

In the center of the first raw is Sari Goldstein, we were together in the ghetto, but she didn’t come back from the concentration camp. I don’t remember the others anymore.

Erzsebet Lobl, Angela Sandor, Pal Sandor, Lajos Lobl and Janos Gottlieb

This photo was taken in 1938 or 1939 by my father [Laszlo Gottlieb], before my aunt, Erzsebet Lobl emigrated to Palestine with his husband, Lajos Lobl.

Erzsebet Lobl is on the left side, the third from left is my uncle, Sandor Pal, on his left side is his wife, Angela Sandor, the third from left is Lajos Lobl, and on the right side it’s me, Janos Gottlieb.

We all gathered in our house in Nagybanya.

With Arnold Sandor, grandma's second husband - whom I loved a lot as well - my grandmother had two children:

Janos Gottlieb as a baby

The photo was taken in Nagybanya, in March 1930, when I was one year and two months old. I presume it was my father [Laszlo Gottlieb] who took it.

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.


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