Out for a walk

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  • Photo taken in:
    Bratislava
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia 1918-1938
    Country name today:
    Slovakia

This picture was taken in the 1930s in the Janek Kral Orchard, in Petrzalka (today part of Bratislava). The tallest man in the photograph is my father, Julius F. Standing on his right is my mother, Helena, née Schwartz. Beside my mother is her sister Bella with her husband. Aunt Bella was childless and worked in a fashion store in Bratislava. I don't know who the people on my father's left are.

My father was born in Topolniky, at the time Nyarasd, on 25th November 1900. He finished mercantile school in Dunajska Streda, and then got a job in Bratislava. I don't think that my father had any hobbies, besides our whole family regularly going on trips. Most often we'd go somewhere around Bratislava. For example Zelezna Studnicka [recreational town in the region around Bratislava - Editor's note]. Several families would get together there. Walking around all morning wasn't a problem. My parents' friends were from various circles, they weren't only Jews. But most often we were with my mother's sisters and their families.

If I was to describe my father, I'd say he was a fantastic person. A truly good man. He was purposeful, of sound character, and punctual. He always managed to achieve what he wanted. There were never any disagreements between us. He was so tall, that he towered over everyone around him. He was around two meters tall. My mother was a good, respectable woman, and an excellent companion.

Interview details

Interviewee: Henrich F.
Interviewer:
Martin Flekenstein
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2006
Bratislava, Slovakia

KEY PERSON

Julius F.
Year of birth:
1900
City of birth:
Nyarasd
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary pre 1918
Year of death:
1964
City of death:
Bratislava
Country of death:
Czechoslovakia 1945-89
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant
after WW II:
Office clerk

Other Person

Helena F.
Year of birth:
1904
City of birth:
Bratislava
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary pre 1918
Year of death:
1944
City of death:
Auschwitz Birkenau
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Concentration camp
Occupation
before WW II:
Retail clerk
  • Previous family name: 
    Schwartz
    Year of changing: 
    1927
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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