The Goldbergers' civil wedding

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  • Photo taken in:
    Karlsbad
    Year when photo was taken:
    1948
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1945-1989
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic
This picture was taken during our civil wedding in Karlovy Vary, in 1948. From left to right it shows Ondrej Brodsky, who was our witness, my father, Heinrich Galik, my wife Irena Goldbergerova, me, Alexander Goldberger, and another witness, Mr. Kleinman. Because my wife was from Subcarpathian Ruthenia, which at that time already no longer belonged to Czechoslovakia, but to the Soviet Union, and she didn't have Czechoslovak citizenship, she had to request sponsorship, Mr. Kleinman sponsored her, and then we could have an official wedding. was born in 1926 in the town of Kajdanove in Subcarpathian Ruthenia. Kajdanove belonged to the Mukacevo district. She was from a devout family, but after the war she wasn't that devout any more. After the war she returned to Subcarpathian Ruthenia. She found out that all of her girlfriends that had survived the war had dispersed all over the world. One of her mother's brothers lived in Karlovy Vary. As luck would have it, it was Mr. Kleinman that my future wife came to stay with. I met her at my father's friend's, Mrs. Katzova's. I came to her place for supper, and my future wife was there, too. Mrs. Katzova and Mrs. Kleinmannova were friends. So we met 'by chance.' We had a Jewish wedding, under the chuppah, in Karlovy Vary, in 1946. But the officials there didn't count that as an official wedding. We had a civil wedding in the fall of 1948. We celebrated our wedding, the Jewish one, at the Kleinmans'. About 20 people gathered there.

Interview details

Interviewee: Alexander Gajdos
Interviewer:
Martin Korcok
Month of interview:
August
Year of interview:
2005
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Irena Gajdosova
Year of birth:
1926
City of birth:
Kajdanove
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1994
City of death:
Carlsbad
Country of death:
Czech Republic
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Seamstress
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Rothova
    Year of changing: 
    1948
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
  • Previous family name: 
    Goldbergerova
    Decade of changing: 
    1950s

Other Person

Ondrej Brodsky
Year of birth:
1911
City of birth:
No information
Year of death:
1976
City of death:
Karlovy Vary
Occupation
after WW II:
Office clerk

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