Martin Ratz's family

Martin Ratz's family
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  • Photo taken in:
    Vienna
    Year when photo was taken:
    1926
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria, 1918-1938
    Country name today:
    Austria
This is my husband Martin Ratz's family. From left to right: Martin's mother Sophie Ratz, his sister Hedwig Charlotte Reissler, nee Ratz, Martin and his father, Alexander Ratz. The photo was taken in 1926, shortly before they moved from Vienna to Cracow. Martin was born on 14th April 1921 in Vienna. His sister was born in Vienna in 1924. The parents came to Vienna from Brody, Galicia, but I don't remember when. I assume his father was a businessman. He worked in a company in Vienna that sold pencils and the like Two years later the family moved to Cracow. I suppose my husband's father had relatives and better job opportunities there. Unfortunately he died of a heart attack in 1931 or 32. Sophie stayed in Cracow and devoted herself to the children. I don't know how they made a living, perhaps they had some income from some property or perhaps their relatives supported them. When my husband was in grammar school, his mother decided to send him to her sister in Vienna, probably because - but this is only my supposition - he had the chance of getting better final exams there than in Cracow. Martin moved to his aunt's in Vienna - she lived on Rechte Wienzeile - in 1937. In 1938, a year before his final exams, he was expelled from Austria for being a Polish Jew. Hedy, as my husband's sister was called, lived with her future husband, Heinrich Reissler, a Holocaust survivor, who came from a very Orthodox family. They shared a two-bedroom apartment with friends who had also survived. Hedy and Heinrich immigrated to Palestine in 1946. We would have liked to put up Hedy because she was a typical war child, hadn't been able to finish school and we believed that she still needed support in many respects. She grew up in Cracow, but she was only a child when she lived there and couldn't really enjoy her teenage years. She never experienced this kind of world that was so important for my personal development. She is a typical example of how the war ruined the life of Jewish children.

Interview details

Interviewee: Emilia Ratz
Interviewer:
Tanja Eckstein
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2004
Vienna, Austria

KEY PERSON

Alexander Ratz
Decade of birth:
1890
City of birth:
Brody
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
193132
City of death:
Cracow
Country of death:
Poland
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant

Other Person

Sophie Ratz
City of birth:
Brody
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1941
City of death:
Plaszow
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Plaszow

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