norma schaffer <schaffernorma@...>
My maternal g-father Otto POLACSEK was born in
Weener Germany-he moved to Vienna Austria but I don't know
when. My maternal g-mother, Helene POLACSEK nee
BRAND was born in Krakow Poland. Otto left Vienna to
avoid the nazis who as my mother told me, were just
"taking the men". I am not familiar with the timetable.
My mother Edith SCHAFFER nee POLACSEK along with her
mother Helene BRAND POLACSEK left for Belgium after
Otto-I do not know how much time elapsed between my
g-father and my mother and her mother leaving Vienna
for Belgium. Otto POLACSEK was in Holland--Westerbork
is where he was before being transported to
My g-mother Helene BRAND POLACSEK was arrested in
Belgium-do not know the city, but my mother
was watching a movie at a local cinema, se came home
to discover her mother had been taken by the nazis.
My mother was saved by a Cathoic family-Geadin(spelling)
living with them for several years until she was arrested
(local nazi "snitch") in 1944 and sent to Auschwitz.
Norma Schaffer Los Angeles Ca USA