Riesa Hoffmann

Riesa Hoffmann
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  • Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
This is a photo of my grandma Riesa Hoffmann, my father's mother. It was taken in the 1900s. As a small boy, her father moved to the Italian part of the Monarchy, and became a rich shipbuilder. I think my grandma may have been raised in a convent, and it's even possible that she was christened. She married my grandpa, Rudolf Glas, and they had a son together, but when they moved to Vienna, they got divorced. Because my grandpa caught her in flagrante with a certain Mr. Hoffmann, the owner of a real estate agency, who she then married. Because Mr. Hoffmann was an Aryan, this marriage saved her life. But her son didn't survive the war, and my mother told me how Grandma collapsed when she found out that her Julio, her only child, was no longer alive.

Interview details

Interviewee: Martin Glas
Interviewer:
Lenka Koprivova
Month of interview:
August
Year of interview:
2006
Prague, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Riesa Hoffmann
Decade of birth:
1870
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
City of death:
Vienna
Country of death:
Austria
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    von Reiss
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1890
  • Previous family name: 
    Glas
    Reason for changing: 
    Remarriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1900s

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
To not lose faith in man
Date of interview:
2006
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