Estera Wechsler with her children

Estera Wechsler with her children
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  • Photo taken in:
    Bucharest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1920
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania
The photo was taken in Bucharest, in 1920. From left side this is my older sister, Stefania Wechsler, my mother, Estera Wechsler, and my older brother, Sebastian Wechsler. They are dressed very elegant just for taking a picture. This was two years before my birth. Estera Wechsler [nee Letzler], my mother, was born in 1888, in Ploiesti. 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. She interrupted her studies and get married at an early age. 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. 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. 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. Sebastian Sebastien, my brother, was born in 1915, in Bucharest. [He changed his name from Wechsler to Sebastian after World War I.] He first went to the Faculty of Law and Philosophy, and then he attended the Faculty of Architecture, which he graduated in 1945. He chose architecture despite his having already graduated in Law and Philosophy because the Jews were disbarred in 1940, so it was obvious that Law wouldn't make a good career. He was kicked out from the Faculty of Architecture [because of the Jewish Statutum], but he continued his studies after the war and became an architect ahead of me. My brother and my sister-in-law emigrated to France around 1960 and settled 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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