The synaogogue in Sfantu Gheorghe

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    Sfantu Gheorghe
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    Romania (1945-1989)
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This is a photo of the synagogue in Sfantu Gheorghe, taken in 1962. It was the synagogue where me and my first husband, Francisc Pollak, had our religious ceremony for our wedding. Rabbi Deutsch from Brasov came to celebrate it.

I met Francisc again after I returned from deportation. We knew each other well, since 1938, from Covasna, he was adopted by some business partners of my father's. We went together to Sfantu Gheorghe, we thought we would receive some more substantial help from the community, but they didn't give us anything, there was no hostel made for us. But Francisc said (he was part of the community) that I should remain there as a secretary, and we would see, they would give me a salary and food as well, so I stayed there. I stayed there and I worked in the office in the community and next year, in 1946, we got married.

There was a canteen at the community in Sfantu Gheorghe, and my husband hired a can manufacturer from Bucovina, Zisu Percel was his name, he was a Jew. My husband went to him and told him about our wedding and asked him to send some food. And he sent lots of cans, but I didn't receive anything, not a piece of bread, nothing. Everything was stolen. Frerencz sent food, he sent canned meat for cooking, ham, the most beautiful meat. Everything was sent to the community's canteen and when I asked for the food to be brought, they said that 'everything has already been eaten'. It wasn't true, I found that out after a long time that they sold everything, they stole it and sold everything for money in town. A month after that we came to Brasov.

After deportation, after I got married, I celebrated the holidays at home, but I didn't cook kosher. I always light two candles on Friday, even today, and I say the prayer, I know it by heart. That's what supported my in camp, I always thought about my mother lighting candles on Saturdays, and that I had to make it home to light the candles. I always said the prayer in camp, it was the only thing that they couldn't take from me.

Interview details

Interviewee: Borbala Piroska Gotterer
Paul Tinichigiu
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Brasov , Romania


Francisc Pollak
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Austria-Hungary pre 1918
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Sfantu Gheorghe
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Romania (1945-1989)
after WW II
before WW II:
Employed by craftsman
after WW II:
Working in natural and technical sciences

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