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Family of Hans BERMAN and Lilly MADER

Husband: Hans BERMAN (c. 1910-c. 1942)
Wife: Lilly MADER (c. 1910- )

Husband: Hans BERMAN

Name: Hans BERMAN
Sex: Male
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth c. 1910
Death c. 1942 (age 31-32) Concentration Camp, Europe

Wife: Lilly MADER





Name: Lilly MADER
Sex: Female
Father: Isaac Groder MADER (c. 1870-c. 1947)
Mother: Anna MEHR (c. 1870-c. 1948)
Birth c. 1910 Belz, L'viv, Ukraine
Death Wien, Austria

Note on Wife: Lilly MADER - shared note

Story of Lilly Mader by her niece Katherine Mader.

EMail: nkulla AT aol.com


Lilly was born in Belz, Poland, but moved to Vienna, Austria with her parents when she was a young girl. In Vienna she became a nurse.

When WWII came, Lilly was already married to a Dr. Berman, a notary public. Dr. Berman was sent to a concentration camp early in the war, and perished there.


Lilly and Jenny and their parents left Vienna and moved to Budweiss, Czechoslovakia. However Lilly was sent to Teresianstadt Concentration Camp along with her sister Jenny and parents. Lilly worked in the camp hospital, and got jobs for Jenny and her sister-in-law "Lizzi" in the hospital. Due to their jobs in the hospital they were able to get extra food to serve their parents although sometimes the bread was mouldy.


When the Nazis had an open house for the world at the concentration camp they painted the lawn green, created a theater, and brought out all of the children. During the rest of the time the camp was a terrible hell-hole. In April 1945 when the camp was liberated Lilly, Jenny, and their parents were free to leave, but they had to stay because they were sick with typhus. Lilly returned to Vienna after the war, married again in 1948, and lived for the rest of her life at Seegasse 17 in the 9th District of Vienna. She is buried in the Jewish Cemetery in Vienna.


Lilly, Jenny, and the rest of the family remained lifelong friends with "Lizzi" whose actual name is Alice Friedova. All of their first husbands were killed in concentration camps. Lizzi became an honorary aunt to Lilly and Jenny's nieces, Katherine and Anita, and often joined them on vacations in Europe or the United States.


Lizzi was a former ballerina, whose bout with meningitis in the concentration camps left her with lifelong migraine headaches. Despite her pain, Lizzi was determined to live life to the fullest. As I write these notes Lizzi is in her mid-80's and living in Prague. She has a nephew, Martin Petrik, who spent the summer in California with Katherine and her family when he was 20 years old. Martin takes care of Lizzi, and has served as an official host to numerous of Katherine's relatives and friends when they visit Prague. He received his university degree at the University of Prague in economics, and works for Unilever Corporation.

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