Borbala Gotterer with family

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  • Photo taken in:
    Brasov
    Year when photo was taken:
    2002
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania

This is a photo taken here, in Brasov, in the house I live in, in 2002; in it you can see, from the left, my husband, Alexadru Gotterer, my niece, Francisc’s daughter, Edit, me and Edit’s husband, Mihai Fazakas, or Misu, as we call him. They came to visit us during the summer, they live in New Jersey, in USA, now. They use to call me regularly, every three weeks or so.

I met my present husband, Alexandru Gotterer in 1980. He came once in Sfantu Gheorghe with rabbi Ioles from Sfantu Gheorghe. I was there, and I asked that my sister would be given a package as well, if it were possible, because my pension was small and I had to help her. My sister had a very small pension, 400 lei, that was nothing. And I told him to help us; that's how we met and then we got married in 1984, here in Brasov, in the synagogue. There was a cantor from Bucharest at the ceremony. The civil marriage was held in Sfantu Gheorghe. In 1984, after I became Sanyi's wife (that's what I call my husband, it comes from Sandor, the Hungarian version of Alexandru), I moved here, in Brasov, I went to the synagogue; he was employed as vice-president of the community for 18 years. I learnt here some things I didn't know, and I heard about the things that happen in Israel, I celebrated the independence day at home.

My husband has been married before, but his wife died in Brasov in 1981, and he has two children from his first marriage, Ivan Gotterer and Veronica Iancu. They both consider themselves Jews. Veronica was born in Brasov in 1963, and she died here in 1996. Ivan was also born in Brasov in 1953, and now he lives in Rehovot, in Israel. He had brit mila, and he married religiously in the synagogue in Targu Mures, where he studied medicine. He left for Israel in 1984. He worked as a surgeon in Israel, at Hadasa hospital, in Tel Aviv. He has two daughters, Iris, who is a dentist-surgeon, and Karen, who is a psychologist. I keep in touch with my husband's children, and we get along very well.

We thought everything would be all right after the revolution. I wasn't glad that they killed Ceausescu. We thought that culture, freedom were coming…but, what do you know, something came, but there are a lot of steps to be made. I receive help from the German government, because I was deported. It is a monthly fund, and we don't receive as much as the others, we only get 100 euro per month, others, in other places, receive food as well. In the meantime I received compensations in marks. My health is very bad: I went to the doctor a few days ago and he told me that he couldn't cure anything, I could walk until now but because of the advanced age the state of my legs has worsened. Now I spent most of my time at home, reading, filling in information in the files I have made about the Jews in Sfantu Gheorghe, and walking with my husband.

Interview details

Interviewee: Borbala Piroska Gotterer
Interviewer:
Paul Tinichigiu
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2004
Brasov , Romania

KEY PERSON

Borbala Piroska Gotterer
Year of birth:
1920
City of birth:
Covasna
Country name at time of birth:
Romania (1920-1945)
Occupation
before WW II:
Office clerk
after WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Lowi
    Year of changing: 
    1946
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
  • Previous family name: 
    Pollak
    Year of changing: 
    1984
    Reason for changing: 
    Remarriage

Other Person

Alexandru Gotterer
Year of birth:
1922
City of birth:
Hontisor
Country name at time of birth:
Romania (1920-1945)
Occupation
after WW II:
Working in natural and technical sciences

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