Estera Wechsler and Stefania Rubinger

Estera Wechsler and Stefania Rubinger
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  • Photo taken in:
    Govora
    Year when photo was taken:
    1915
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania
This is a photo from Govora from 1915. This is my mother, Estera Wechsler (nee Letzler) with my sister, Stefania Wechsler, who was her first child. My mother was born in 1888, in Ploiesti. She attended a boarding school and spoke German and French. Naturally, she had also learnt Yiddish at home. All she told me about her childhood was that she used to be a good student and that her teachers thought highly of her, especially because of her skills in painting and drawing. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately - who could tell? -, my mother married a tradesman from Bucharest and moved with him. She interrupted her studies. She would have liked to go to the Arts Academy [in Bucharest], and her teachers had encouraged her about going to college. My grandparents had had a religious, bigot upbringing. Religious Jews believe that girls should get married at an early age, and, if possible, to a rabbi - which is considered to be all that a young girl could wish for. This was my mother's fate. My parents had three children: Stefania, Sebastian and me, Aristide Wechsler. Stefania Rubinger [nee Wechsler], my sister, was born in 1914, in Bucharest. Her story is hard to tell. She was married when World War II came. Her husband, Rubinger, was a painter. He was a man of an extraordinary beauty, tall, robust, highly cultivated and talented. My sister may have gone to the boarding school, but her husband had an artistic culture. His works are now in Israel, Germany and Romania. They were relatively poor, but they married for love. They lived in Bucharest until the 1970's, when they emigrated to Germany. It was a time when Germany accepted German-speaking immigrants of German descent. He had been born in Cernauti and spoke German; my sister spoke German too. She received a pension in Germany. Her husband received a large pension, because he had worked a lot and his activity was taken into consideration. They settled in the town of Dusseldorf and stayed there. My sister now lives there by herself, as my brother-in-law died two years ago [in 2002]. He was run over by a car on a pedestrian crossing, at the age of 92. My sister is about 90 now. The two of them have two extraordinary children: Irina Rubinger and Adrian Rubinger. Irina is the elder child; she was born during World War II. Adrian was born later - he is now about 52 or 53. They both grew up in Bucharest. They currently live in Paris.

Interview details

Interviewee: Aristide Streja
Interviewer:
Anca Ciuciu
Month of interview:
April
Year of interview:
2004
Bucharest, Romania

KEY PERSON

Estera Wechsler
Year of birth:
1888
City of birth:
Ploiesti
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Year of death:
1982
City of death:
Bucharest
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Letzler
    Year of changing: 
    1912
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Stefania Rubinger
Year of birth:
1914
City of birth:
Bucharest
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
  • Previous family name: 
    Wechsler
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1940

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