Katarina Lofflerova and Jozef Vidor

Katarina Lofflerova and Jozef Vidor
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  • Photo taken in:
    Bratislava
    Year when photo was taken:
    1916
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Slovakia
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Waihtrager Johanna, Pozsony
This is a picture of me and my father, Jozef Vidor. I was six years old at the time. The photo was taken in the studio of Johanna Waihtrager in Bratislava in 1916. My grandfather worked in a store selling men's clothing. At that time even girls wore blue marine dresses. It was fashionable then. And when I went to school, of course, I was dressed in blue. On holidays, I wore a white blouse and since it was a present from my grandfather, I wore it for a long time. When I was six, World War I began, and my father was drafted to the Hungarian army, Honved No. 13. My father was among the first to make it to the eastern front, namely to Poland. And I have to say that a number of my classmates' fathers never came back from the war. But my father did. Afterwards he stayed in Bratislava. I already started going to school when I was six years old, in 1916. And I remember that in that year, Emperor Franz Joseph died. It was a big event in Bratislava. I was attending a Jewish school on Zochova Street. It was an excellent school, there was one non-Jew in our class, and three in the class ahead of me. There were also famous Bratislava citizens who went there, like Erntal, Fojer. Our teachers were very good. We had only one female teacher, but that was common then. Her name was Ms. Hoffmanova, and, interestingly enough, in 1944 I was deported along with her. She was quite old and was killed immediately. That school I went to had four classes.

Interview details

Interviewee: Katarina Lofflerova
Interviewer:
Martin Korcok
Month of interview:
July
Year of interview:
2004
Bratislava, Slovakia

KEY PERSON

Katarina Lofflerova
Year of birth:
1910
City of birth:
Bratislava
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Occupation
before WW II:
Office clerk
after WW II:
Company owner/tour guide
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Vidor
    Year of changing: 
    1930
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1930
  • Previous family name: 
    Kramekova
    Year of changing: 
    1939
    Reason for changing: 
    Remarriage
  • Previous family name: 
    Klopstockova
    Year of changing: 
    1946
    Reason for changing: 
    Remarriage

Other Person

Jozef Vidor
Year of birth:
1882
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1944
City of death:
Auschwitz
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Auschwitz
Occupation
before WW II:
Bank director

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation and others
Date of interview:
1990s

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