Estera Goldsmann and Elisabeta Klausner

Estera Goldsmann and Elisabeta Klausner
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  • Photo taken in:
    Brasov
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania
These here are my maternal grandmother, Estera Goldsmann, and my aunt, my mother's sister, Elisabeta Klausner, nee Goldsmann. The photo was taken in Brasov, in the 1940s, I think, because my grandmother still looks rather young here. My maternal grandmother was born in the 1880s in Turches, in one of the seven villages that now form Sacele. Her husband, Bernard Goldsmann, had died when she was still young, and she never remarried. My grandmother lived in Brasov when I knew her. She lived in a rented house, she never owned one. My grandmother shared a courtyard with several other tenants. There were no Jews there, but she was very esteemed all the same. She worked very hard. She had a store and it was open from morning until late in the evening. She lived in the same house where she had her shop; from the shop you could go into the living room of the house, and she occupied the other two rooms of the house, each with separate entries. She also had a kitchen and a bathroom. She sold several delicacies in her shop, sausages and other meat products, chocolate, liquors. And she was in charge of everything: the stocks, bookkeeping, selling. She was a very energetic and agile woman and she had no help. She didn't have time to breed animals or grow vegetables; she was too busy with the shop. For as long as I knew her, my grandmother never had a vacation. She couldn't leave the store; she didn't want to lose her clients. Aunt Elisabeta was born in Sacele in 1907. She was married to a Jew here, in Brasov, Edmund Benzel, who was the manager of a timber factory. He died in a train accident, so she came to live with her mother in Brasov, and after many years, she remarried a Jew named Klausner and moved with him to Bucharest, but they didn't have any children. I don't remember what he did for a living, but he too had been married once before and had had two children. Aunt Elisabeta died in Bucharest in 1995, and she was buried in the Jewish cemetery there.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Estera Goldsmann
Decade of birth:
1880
City of birth:
Turkos
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1970
City of death:
Brasov
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant
after WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant

Other Person

Elisabeta Klausner
Year of birth:
1907
City of birth:
Turkos
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1995
City of death:
Bucharest
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife

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