Erika Kornbluth - I do not remember, or knew – my grandmother Bertha. She came to Wien a few times and stayed with Nella and did a lot of crocheting. At that time her memory must have been failing already because she used to ask “Muss ich zweimal oder dreimal umschlagen?” (Do I have to loop it two or three times) referring to her crocheting. The only time I went to Bratislava to visit her she was always looking for her keys.
Leopold and Bertha Fleischhacker lived on “Republikplatz” in Bratislava. The building had 3 stories, on the ground floor their store. Leopold sold grains and other farm products. They lived on the second floor. There was a large courtyard, open balconies running all around the building. On the third floor there was a “hotel”, always very busy – couples entering and leaing all day long. It did not seem to bother the Fleischhackers. Saturday and Sunday was market day, farmers from the country came to do business. I remember being told that the Fleischhacker business was once or twice posted at the synagogue for doing business on Saturday.
My grandmother was Bertha, the only grandparent we had. She lived in Bratislava, we in Wien and I only saw her a couple of times as a child. After Hitler invaded Austria she came and spent time with Tante Nella – I was assigned to walk with her on Sunday mornings. She did not remember much and asked the same thing over and over. I was only 14 years old and made a game of telling her different things every time. Mostly she asked about Paul Frankl who was already in America and she could not understand why. She was tiny, very frail. In Bratislava she had a maid and would give her money many times – thanks to God, the maid was honest and returned it. When Grossmama died in 1940 my parents moved to Bratislava and lived on her pension. I was in Sweden and could sometimes arrange correspondence between Europe and America.
On one occasion Bertha tried to find a husband for Nella. She admitted to the prospective husband that Nella had a child, but indicated with her hands “…aber so klein” (…but so small), showing about 10 cm.
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