Matilda Werner, Andrei Popper and Ana Werner

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  • Photo taken in:
    Arad
    Year when photo was taken:
    1923
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania (1920-1945)
    Country name today:
    Romania

This is my grandmother Matilda Werner with me and my cousin Ana in 1923 in Arad.

My maternal grandmother, Matilda Pollak, who became a Werner after she got married, was a housewife. Grandmother Matilda was in charge of the household; she went to the synagogue for the two great holidays: the New Year and the Day of Atonement. She didn't keep the kashrut and wasn't too religious; she did light the candles on Sabbath. In Arad, the Werner grandparents lived in the center of the town, in the house that had been bought by my great-grandparents. This is the house where I was born.

I was born on 29th June 1915. I was my parent's only child. At the time of my birth, my father was already a prisoner. They would take a photo of me every month and send it to him in Siberia. In the evenings, my mother would pray with me so that God could bring my father home. I first saw him when I was five. He came back from the war in 1921. We lived in Arad until 1923, when we moved to Buteni, I was eight. But my grandmother continued to live in Arad.

My mother had several brothers and sisters who were all born in Simand. The one I knew best was Uncle Alexandru, born in 1883, who was a physician in Arad and married Ileana Halmagyi. The two of them had two children: Ana and Gheorghe. Ana died of scarlet fever in 1928, at the age of three or four.

Interview details

Interviewee: Andrei Popper
Interviewer:
Oana Aioanei
Month of interview:
September
Year of interview:
2003
Arad, Romania

KEY PERSON

Matilda Werner
Decade of birth:
1850
City of birth:
Repszeg
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary pre 1918
Year of death:
1936
City of death:
Arad
Country of death:
Romania (1920-1945)
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Pollak
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Andrei Popper
Jewish name:
Itzhak Ben Salmen
Year of birth:
1915
City of birth:
Arad
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary pre 1918
Year of death:
2004
City of death:
Arad
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Lawyer

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