My mother with the reins firmly in hand

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  • Photo taken in:
    Karlovy Vary
    Year when photo was taken:
    1919
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic
This is my mother in the picture. The photo is from 1919 and was taken in Karlovy Vary. My mother, Irena, is of course one of the daughters of Viliam and Cecilia Braun. She was born in 1897 in Nitra. They called her Csibi. No one knew her by any other name than Csibinéni. Csibe, which means chick, that's from Hungarian. Because she was this typical little chick, merry and chipper. My mother was amazing. Unfortunately she got cancer. Just the year before she died, we'd still been skating and skiing together. In 1953 she died suddenly in Zilina of cancer.

Interview details

Interviewee: Otto Simko
Interviewer:
Zuzana Slobodnikova
Month of interview:
February
Year of interview:
2006
Bratislava, Slovakia

KEY PERSON

Irena Simkova
Year of birth:
1897
City of birth:
Nitra
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1953
City of death:
Bratislava
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Braunova
    Year of changing: 
    1923
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation
Date of interview:
1990s

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