Michal Maud and Oskar Shimon Beer

Michal Maud and Oskar Shimon Beer
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  • Photo taken in:
    Gav Jam
    Year when photo was taken:
    1951
    Country name at time of photo:
    Israel
    Country name today:
    Israel

My husband, Oskar Shimon Beer, and I, Michal Maud Beer, née Stecklmacherova, in front of the first place we rented together - one room in a two-room apartment - in Gav Yam by Haifa. The photograph was taken in 1951.

My mother, sister and I immigrated to Israel in 1949. I settled in Ginegar, alone. In the spring of 1950, young men began appearing in Ginegar, who'd come from Czechoslovakia and were at the Dorot kibbutz in Negev. They wanted to meet Czech girls.

So that's how I met my husband. Shimon became my husband. He'd already been in Palestine for ten years; he'd left the kibbutz long ago, and lived in Haifa. During World War II he was in the Palestinian brigade that battled against the Germans on the side of the English. When we met in 1950, Shimon lived in Haifa in a tiny little room with one young man. He worked in customs at the harbor, and in his spare time was translating "The Sad Eyes of Hana Karadzicova" by Ivan Olbracht. He was getting ready to write his high school leaving exam, externally.

Our wedding was in January 1951; we were married in Haifa by Rabbi Mr. Glaser, who used to be a rabbi in Brno and had done Shimon's bar mitzvah. The wedding was very modest, in the rabbi's apartment; there were a couple of relatives and friends, I didn't even buy a new dress. Today no one would believe it, but I wore a dress that had once belonged to my deceased grandmother, and someone from amongst our Prostejov acquaintances returned it to Mother.

Interview details

Interviewee: Michal Maud Beer
Interviewer:
Martin Korcok
Month of interview:
September
Year of interview:
2007
Tel Aviv, Israel

KEY PERSON

Michal Maud Beer
Year of birth:
1929
City of birth:
Prostějov
Occupation
after WW II:
Assistant in health care
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Stecklmacherová
    Year of changing: 
    1951
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Oskar Shimon Beer
Year of birth:
1925
City of birth:
Brno
Year of death:
2002
City of death:
Tel Aviv
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
teacher, translator

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