Lilli Tauber's parents Johanna and Wilhelm Schischa

Lilli Tauber's parents Johanna and Wilhelm Schischa
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  • Photo taken in:
    Wiener Neustadt
    Year when photo was taken:
    1911
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Austria

This is a picture of my parents, Wilhelm and Johanna Schischa [nee Friedmann] taken in Wiener Neustadt in 1911, three years after their marriage.

My father, Wilhelm Schischa, was the oldest son. He was born in Gloggnitz on 11th October 1883. My father was a master tailor. He opened a menswear shop in Wiener Neustadt, and his master craftsman's certificate was hanging on the wall there. He regularly drove to Vienna to buy clothes from wholesalers, which he then sold in his shop.

My father suffered terribly from varicose veins and therefore wasn't recruited to the K&K army during World War I. [Editor's note: 'k und k' is an abbreviation for the German 'kaiserlich und königlich' which means 'imperial and royal'. K&K army was the general term for the Austrian-Hungarian army.] But he must have been doing something that was connected with the war because he told us about a camp for Russian prisoners of war near Wiener Neustadt. My father had to deliver bread with a cart somewhere and passed by that camp. The prisoners were very hungry, and he always threw a few loaves of bread over the fence for them.

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 parent's marriage was one of love, which, apparently, was an exception to the rule back then.

My father's family was very religious, but my father wasn't really that religious himself. He kept the shop open on Saturdays and even smoked on Saturdays. My mother, on the other hand, was very religious. She kept a strict kosher household, we had separate dishes for dairy and meat products and special dishes for Pesach. Apart from that we celebrated all holidays such as Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah and held seder. The shop was closed on high holidays, and we went to the temple.

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

Other Person

Wilhelm Schischa
Year of birth:
1883
City of birth:
Gloggnitz
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1942
City of death:
Belzec or Sobibor
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Belzec or Sobibor
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant

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