Mojzesz Horowitz and his siblings

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  • Photo taken in:
    Krakow
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Poland

This is a picture of my father and his siblings. It was taken in Cracow in the 1910s. From left: my dad, Mojzesz Horowitz, his sister Regina Horowitz and his brother Zygmunt Horowitz, and below from left: his sisters Amalia Seelenfreund (nee Horowitz), and Roza Schefer (nee Horowitz).

The eldest of my father's siblings was Aunt Roza, she could have been eight years my father's elder. She married a certain Schefer. He was a big-time merchant, not in Poland but chiefly in China, in Shanghai, Hong Kong. I think he made a fortune there. He bought a lot of furniture, china, and gave it all away to the family; we had beautiful Chinese porcelain and carpets at home in Wieliczka. He also had an incredible post stamp collection, spent tremendous amounts of money on it.

Aunt Regina lived with my grandparents. She was very devoted to the family, served everyone. She basically didn't marry because she took care of the grandparents. And of the children in the family. She moved in with Aunt Amalia after the grandparents died.

Amalia lived in Eisenach, Germany, married a certain Seelenfreund. He was a merchant, had a large store on the high street in Eisenach. One of her sons, the eldest one, Bruno, wrote letters to my sister in Geneva, and lived in South America. He got married in Poland, even though he didn't speak a word of Polish. He married a girl named Stella, a cousin of the Unglers, and left with her for South America, where they had a son. Besides that, Amalia had two daughters, one was called Rosie and had two little girls, very beautiful ones, and a husband called Silberstein. He was a German who served in the German army, and when Hitler came to power, he told us, 'They can't do anything to us; I have been awarded the highest military decorations.' But he didn't survive, he was killed, immediately. They were all killed in Eisenach. I know no details.

My father's brother Zygmunt, in turn, lived in Cracow and actually sat on the B'nai B'rith board. He was my father's elder by many years. They lived in Skawina at first; he built the railways, railway tracks, train stations, and so on. He had a wife, a Jewess from Vienna, maiden name Sokal.

Interview details

Interviewee: Alfred Borowicz
Warsaw, Poland

KEY PERSON

Maurycy Horowitz
Year of birth:
1872
City of birth:
Cracow
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
City of death:
Katowice
Country of death:
Poland
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Lawyer
after WW II:
Lawyer

Other Person

Regina Horowitz
Jewish name:
Mojzesz
City of death:
Eisenach
Country of death:
Germany
Died where:
Eisenach
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife

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