Postcard of Targu Mures sent by Alexandru Popper

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

My father, Alexandru Popper, sent this postcard from Targu Mures, when he became a lawyer.

My father was born on 15th January 1888 in Socodor. He moved with his parents to Arad in 1890. He graduated from the Faculty of Law; he had a PhD in law and worked as a lawyer his entire life. He studied the first two years in Budapest, but he finished in Cluj, in 1908/1909. He entered the faculty in 1905 and he was the youngest among his fellow-students, as he had begun going to elementary school at the age of five; he wanted to be the first to get his PhD. The only places in Hungary where the graduation exam, the most difficult, could be passed were Budapest and Targu Mures. My father passed it in Targu Mures. He wasn't a very religious man. He did his military service in Arad. He liked to collect stones of various shapes from everywhere he went to; he once brought my mother a heart-shaped stone.

How did my parents meet? Arad wasn't a very big city. My father was a Law student and my mother had gone to school in Timisoara. I think they met after they came back home. They got married in July 1914. They also had a religious ceremony at the synagogue. The next day after they returned from their honeymoon in Austria, World War I broke out and my father was drafted. He became an officer in the Austro-Hungarian army. All my grandfather's employees had been exempted from their military duties and my father could have enjoyed that status too, but he wouldn't stay home as long as there was a war going on. He served in the Northern Carpathians, in Poland. He found a stone there, which he sent to my mother; she had a silver plate added to it, with the place and the date: Komarno, 8th September 1914. This is where my father suffered a leg wound; he was sent to Arad after that. Then he went back to the front and became a prisoner of war in September 1914. He was taken to Vladivostok in Siberia, where he stayed for seven years: from 1914 to 1921.

Interview details

Interviewee: Andrei Popper
Interviewer:
Oana Aioanei
Month of interview:
September
Year of interview:
2003
Arad, Romania

KEY PERSON

Alexandru Popper
Jewish name:
Salmen
Year of birth:
1888
City of birth:
Szekudvar
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary pre 1918
Year of death:
1968
City of death:
Buteni
Country of death:
Romania (1945-1989)
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Lawyer
after WW II:
Lawyer

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