Lilli Tauber's mother Johanna Schischa with a friend

Lilli Tauber's mother Johanna Schischa with a friend
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  • Photo taken in:
    Prein
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Austria
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    KuK Hofatelier Fritz Knozer

This is a picture of my mother, Johanna Schischa [nee Friedmann] and one of her friends. The photo was taken sometime in the early 1900s, before my mother's marriage, in Prein.

My mother's parents, Eduard and Sofie Friedmann, lived in Prein, a small health resort, on the foot of the Rax mountain. They had a beautiful house and a grocery shop. One could buy anything in this shop - which was usual in the country at that time. There were newspapers, tobacco, food, handkerchiefs, and there was also a small gas station attached to the shop.

My grandparents had six children: My mother Johanna, Isidor, Julius, Fany, Berta and a son, who died of typhoid, I think at the age of 14. I don't remember his name.

My mother, Johanna Schischa [nee Friedmann], was born in Prein on 19th May 1885. She was affectionately called Handschi. My mother went to primary school in Prein but had no further education.

There was a ball at Purim in Neunkirchen, my mother went to, and she met my father there. I don't know when that happened. In any case, my father traveled by cart to my grandmother and asked for my mother's hand. That was rather unusual because people mostly got married through shadkhanim back then. It seems that my grandmother gave them her consent because my parents got married in 1908. So my parents' marriage was one of love, which, apparently, was an exception to the rule back then.

Interview details

Interviewee: Lilli Tauber
Interviewer:
Tanja Eckstein
Month of interview:
Juli
Year of interview:
2003
Vienna, Austria

KEY PERSON

Johanna Schischa
Year of birth:
1885
City of birth:
Prein
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1942
City of death:
Belzec or Sobibor
Died where:
Belzec or Sobibor
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Friedmann
    Year of changing: 
    1908
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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