Melitta Seiler and her husband

Melitta Seiler and her husband
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  • Photo taken in:
    Brasov
    Year when photo was taken:
    1953
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Tiberiu Binder
This is a photo of me and my ex husband, Jacques Friedel, taken in August 1953, in Brasov, when we got engaged. At Gordonia there was a young doctor, Bernhart, who liked me a lot, courted me, and he introduced me to a friend of his, doctor Orosz. He was a Hungarian, not a Jew, but he had many Jewish friends. Doctor Orosz courted me as well, we went out for walks, and during one of these walks we met doctor Jacques Friedel, my future husband. Jacques was born in Campulung Moldovenesc, but he studied medicine in Cluj-Napoca, and he was assigned to Brasov. During the Holocaust, he was deported to Transnistria, but I don?t know exactly where. We got married in October 1953, in Brasov, in the Neolog synagogue here. It was a beautiful wedding, with a chuppah, the two hakhams from Brasov attended, I had many guests, friends and colleagues from work, three maids of honor, a choir, and the organ played. I remember a jeweler, Weinberger, who came to sing in my honor, he had a beautiful voice. I had a gorgeous dress, and a Biedermeier bouquet, made up of 35 rose buds. The coronet was also made up of small flowers. The party was in a restaurant, there was a band, and only kosher food, of course; my mother cooked, and she even made that famous fluden from Bukovina. My son, Edward Friedel, was born in 1955. My husband, my son and I lived here, where I live today, in one room, which we received when Edward was one year old. Some time after that, my marriage with my husband fell apart, so we divorced in 1966, I took my maiden name again and I started working at the University of Brasov, the Faculty of Forestry, where I worked as a clerk. I worked there for 28 years, until I retired.

Interview details

Interviewee: Melitta Seiler
Interviewer:
Andreea Laptes
Month of interview:
August
Year of interview:
2003
Brasov, Romania

KEY PERSON

Melitta Seiler
Year of birth:
1929
City of birth:
Cernauti
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Occupation
after WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Friedel
    Year of changing: 
    1955
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
  • Previous family name: 
    Seiler
    Year of changing: 
    1966

Other Person

Jacques Friedel
Year of birth:
1927
City of birth:
Campulung Moldovenesc
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Occupation
after WW II:
Doctor

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