Surnames: POLACSEK, BRAND, SCHAFFER #austria-czech


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 - 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 Auschwitz.
My g-mother Helene BRAND POLACSEK was arrested in Belgium - do not know
the city, but my mother was watching a movie a 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

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