have a cute story to share:
Once, when my mother, Evi and her friend,
Wuertzrosalia were children, they followed behind the
family doctor, Dr. Kasper. He always walked with a
walking stick. This time, he let out a huge fart. They
giggled, but he never said anything. It was always
something for them to laugh about.
and Gregor Gillmann
grandparents - their engagement photo.
Elisabeth's maiden name was Harjung.
My grandmother holding my mother, Eva Gillmann.
She and her mother, Theresia, made the silk roses in the
They made the roses for weddings and such.
Harjung Gillmann with kids
from left: Eva, Annie, Josef (Seppi) and Lissi
Evi in her
The below photo is in 2 parts.
My mother sits front row, first on the left.
Batschsentiwan, but photo taken in Germany.
My grandfather, Gregor Gillmann is the older man.
Beside him to the left, his sister. And other relatives??
my great aunt,
who was very active in the cultural community - was an
Through a neighbour, who was an SS soldier, she got her
sister and herself and
their children out of Batschka before the Russians
My grandfather, Gregor was in a Russian war camp
My great uncle, Tante Kaethe's husband, Duri (Georg) was
fighting in France.
family in Chicago,
Sitting older couple: Anna and Stefan Phal.
Standing behind them, their son, Adam with wife, Rosie.
Their kids in front row, My great aunt (nee Anna Gillmann)
My great grandfather, Georg Harjung (born
married my great grandmother, Theresia Njare (born 1906).
Gregor, my grandfather, was a master
Lucky for him, for he made the Russian soldiers' boots and
was therefore treated better than other prisoners-of-war,
because of his profession.
Birth months and years of my mother and her
Eva Gillmann: December, 1932
Elisabeth Gillmann October, 1934
Anna Gillmann, July 1936
Josef Gillmann, February 1938
great grandmother, Theresia, was a student of Theology,
very devout Catholic. She made silk roses for dresses and
group of gypsies from Apatin would come into Batschsentiwan
to entertain and sell their wares??
They came to play and dance in my grandparents' home.
We have a suspicion that Gillmann side had gypsy blood,
but my great aunt would not confirm it.
As she put it,
"pfft, I don't talk about that."