Rachel Berdach

Rachel Berdach
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  • Photo taken in:
    Seesen
    Country name at time of photo:
    Germany, 1870-1945
    Country name today:
    Germany

This is a photo of my great-aunt Rachel and her friends. It was taken in Seesen, where we had a family house.

Rachel was my grandmother's younger sister. Rachel was a well-known writer: a novelist, journalist and poet. When Queen Elisabeth of Austria was murdered, the German Writers' Association held a memorial meeting and Rachel's poems were recited. Rachel married one of her cousins, Otto Bardach. Rachel lived in a hotel, after she had a passionate affair with a man. They agreed they would leave everything behind and get married. The man killed himself; he was unable to choose between his children and Rachel.

Our summer house in Cezn had a gigantic park. We bred racehorses. Every member of the family had a car. There were many servants: from the butler to the cook, from the chauffeur to the 'lady's companion.' We observed Shabbat, but they did not dare take me to synagogue. Anti-Semitism was increasing. In 1927, it had become so bad that my mother declared she could not stand it any longer, and she moved us back to Pest.

Interview details

Interviewee: Eva Bato
Interviewer:
Dora Sardi, Eszter Andor
Month of interview:
February
Year of interview:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Rachel Berdach
Year of birth:
1878
City of birth:
Berlin
Country name at time of birth:
Germany
Year of death:
1961
City of death:
Baden
Country of death:
Switzerland
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Writer
after WW II:
Writer

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