Lilli Tauber's parents Wilhelm and Johanna Schischa in Opole ghetto

Lilli Tauber's parents Wilhelm and Johanna Schischa in Opole ghetto
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  • Photo taken in:
    Opole
    Year when photo was taken:
    1941
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland

This is a picture of my parents, Wilhelm and Johanna Schischa [nee Friedmann], in Opole ghetto in May 1941. My father is the fourth on the right and my mother is standing in the second row behind the little girl.

My parents were deported to Opole ghetto in Poland from Vienna on 26th February 1941 and died a year later in either Belzec or Sobibor concentration camp.

Money was short and it must have been very important to my father to spend it on photos in order to document the life of the 12,000 people living in the ghetto. The people on this picture, alongside with my parents, were later murdered in Belzec and Sobibor concentration camps.

I own a large number of letters, which my parents wrote to Aunt Fany, Aunt Berta and my grandmother from the ghetto before they were murdered. Apart from these letters, my father also sent photos from Opole ghetto. Opole was a village that had been sealed off. Jews who lived there weren't allowed to leave, and more and more Jews arrived. There were a bakery, a butcher's shop, a barber's shop, restaurants and a photo shop, just like in any normal village. However, nothing could be brought into the ghetto, so food soon became extremely expensive, and my parents' depended on help from their relatives in Vienna.

The last letter from my father arrived in December 1941. In Mai 1942 a deportation transport left from Opole to Belzec concentration camp, and in October for Sobibor concentration camp. I don?t know on board which transport my parents were.

Interview details

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

KEY 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

Other 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
  • Previous family name: 
    Friedmann
    Year of changing: 
    1908
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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