Amalia Greif with Carol Ionel Greif

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  • Photo taken in:
    Chernovtsy
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Ukraine
The baby in this photograph is my husband, Carol Ionel Greif, and the woman is his mother, Amalia Greif. It was taken in Cernauti in the 1920s. Carol was a Jew from Cernauti, and older than me, he was born there in 1923. He studied at two universities. He studied languages - he knew six or seven languages - and he studied chemistry by correspondence at a university in Belgium. He and his family suffered a lot during World War II. They were in the ghetto in Cernauti. When the Germans came, his father, Leo Greif, was taken hostage. After he came back, he was forced to move from his house, and leave everything there, and share a miserable house with several other families. That's why they came to Romania when they could, in 1946. I met my husband in the social circles in Brasov before I left for university. He had quite a reputation with women, but to me he was friendly and he often took me out to the theater, behaved like a gentleman and joked that when I grew up he would marry me.

Interview details

Interviewee: Ruth Greif
Interviewer:
Andreea Laptes
Month of interview:
Február
Year of interview:
2004
Brasov, Romania

KEY PERSON

Carol Ionel Greif
Year of birth:
1923
City of birth:
Cernauti
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Year of death:
1994
City of death:
Brasov
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Working in natural and technical sciences

Other Person

Amalia Greif
City of birth:
Czernowitz
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1985
City of death:
Brasov
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife

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