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Town with a Jewish Past: The Schools of Czernowitz

 

MEISLER SCHOOL:
a private school located on Landhausgasse (General Mircescu)


Directions: When entering the Landhausgasse from the Hauptstrasse and walking along until the end of the street, one reaches the last building, which is the corner house of Landhausgasse and Nikolausgasse. It was (is) a plain, unadorned building, a rarity among the many proud Baroque buildings of Czernowitz.

Note that in the photos below, the teachers Flora Singer, Rosa Hofer and Lea Ehrenkranz are sisters (nee Kraemer); Frau Berta Meisler is their aunt.

Please tell us more about the teachers and the students that attended classes here.
If you can, please contact the Museum at
postmaster@museumoffamilyhistory.com .

 


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KINDERGARTEN, 1935-36:

BIRKENFELD, EVELYNE, Fourth row from top, sixth from left
ENGLER, MIA, Top row, third from left
FEINGOLD, MARTHA
KOCH, LUCCA, Bottom row, third from left
LOEBL, JULIUS, Fourth row, far right
LOEBL, SAMI, Top row, far right
LIFSCHUETZ/LUEFSCHUETZ, ERIKA
ROSENBERG/ROSENBLATT, ARI
TRICHTER, HUGO
WEINER, ANNY
WEISSMAN, GRETE, Top row, fifth from left
WEISSMAN, ROSA
WENDER, JENNY, Top row, fourth from left
WESCHLER, ARMIN, Bottom row, far right

EHRENKRANZ, LEA (LEONORE), known as "Tante Lea"
LISSNER, MRS. (Gym, Ballet)

 


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FIRST GRADE, 1936-37:

GROSS,
BEA
FUHRMANN,
KOBI, Bottom row, far left
HALUS,
RADU
KOMMER,
ADI
LACKNER,
MIA
PERETZ,
FREDY
RATHSPRECHNER,
MARTHA
SCHUMMER,
OSWALDA, Third row, center
SCHWARTZKOPF,
FREDY
WEINER, RICHARD, Top row, second from right
ZWILLING,
MATTHIAS

LOEWY,
MR. (Class teacher), standing on left, second row
MEISLER,
FRAU (Director/Owner), seated in fourth row, center
**See Frau (Berta) Meisler's wedding photo by clicking here.**
SINGER, 
FLORA (German), standing on right, second row

 


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SECOND GRADE, 1937-38:

GOTTESMAN, MARGOT, Third row from top, fifth from right
HALUS,
RADU, Bottom row, second from left
KOCH,
LUCCA, Bottom row, fifth from left
SONNTAG,
FRIEDEL: Second row from top, fourth from left
WEINER,
RICHARD: Top row, second from right
WEISSMANN,
ANNY, Third row, far right
WEISSMAN,
GRETE, Bottom  row, center

LOEWY, MR. (Class teacher), Standing on left, second row
SINGER,
FLORA (German), Standing on  right, second row
HOFER, ROSA (French), Seated, third row, far left

 


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THIRD GRADE, 1938-39:

KOCH, LUCCA, Bottom row, fourth from left
LIFSCHUETZ/LIFSCHITZ,
ERIKA, Bottom row, fifth from left
ZWILLING,
MATTHIAS, Top row, third from left

LOEWY,
MR. (Class teacher), Standing, far left
MEISLER,
FRAU (Director/Owner), seated, third row from top, center
**See Frau (Berta) Meisler's wedding photo by clicking here.**
SINGER, Flora (German), Standing far right

 


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FOURTH GRADE, 1939-40:

BIRKENFELD, EVELYNE: Fourth row from top, to left of Mr. Loewy
ENGLER,
MIA: Third row from top, second child from left
FUHRMANN,
ERWIN: Bottom row, far right
GOLDSTEIN,
HARDY: Top row, sixth from left
GOTTESMANN,
MARGOT: Third row from top, third from left
GROSS,
BEA: Third row from top, first child on left
HALUS,
RADU: Bottom row, far left??
KATZ, MIRIAM: Fourth row from top, first child on left
KOCH,
LUCCA: Bottom row, fourth from left
KOMMER,
ADI: Second row from top, sixth from left
KOTZEN/COZENN,
TILLY (CLOTHILDE): Fourth row from top, fourth from left
LACK(N)ER,
MIA: Third row from top, fourth or fifth from left, or
Fourth row, third child from left
LIFSCHUETZ/LIFSCHITZ,
ERIKA: Bottom row, second from left, or Fourth row, second from right, to left of  Evelyne Birkenfeld.
LOEBEL,
JULIUS: Second row from top, far left
LOEBL, SAMI:
Top row, fourth from left????
?,
MIRCEA
PERETZ, ERICH: Top row, third from left
PERETZ,
FREDY: Top row, fifth from left????
RATHSPRECHER,
MARTHA: Third row from top, seventh from left
ROSENBLATT,
ARI: Second row from top, far right
SCHUMMER,
WALLY: Third row from top, fourth from left
SEMMEL
, MIA: Third row from top, seventh from left
TRICHTER, HUGO:
Second row from top, eighth from left
WEINER,
ANNY: Fourth row from top, second child from left
WEINER,
RICHARD: Top row, fourth from left
WEISSMAN,
ANNY: Third row from top, fifth from left
WEISSMAN,
GRETE: Third row from top, fifth from left
WEISSMAN,
ROSA: Third row from top, sixth from left
WEISSMAN,
SIGI: Second row from top, ninth from left
WESCHLER,
ARMIN: Second row from top, fourth from left
WILDMANN,
OTTO: Second row from top, second from left
ZWILLING,
MATTHIAS: Second row from top, third from left


?,
(French), Seated, fourth row from top, far left
FUCHS,
MR. (Math), Standing, far left
LOEWY,
MR. (Class teacher), Fourth row, seated next to Frau Meisler
MEISLER,
FRAU (Director/Owner), Fourth row, seated next to Mr. Loewy
**See Frau (Berta) Meisler's wedding photo by clicking here.**
SINGER,
FLORA (German), Third row from top, far right
TOMERUC/TUMURUC,
MR. (Drawing/Music), Top row, far right

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From Margot Ringwald nee Gottesmann:

"The Meisler school was a private school, where much German was taught, though the main language was Rumanian according to the law. It was a very good school but had only four elementary classes, the children being from ages six or seven to ten. After that, normally, the children went to the "liceu" (Rumanian), i.e. high school. There were the first four high school classes, and then the higher four classes before the matriculation (baccalaureate)--then came the university. But there were also other types of schools, e.g. professional, bookkeeping schools, etc. The Meisler school was actually a Jewish school, but not officially. We had a few non-Jewish pupils, and some of the teachers were not Jewish. "
 

From Lucca Ginsburg nee Koch:

"Czernowitz then was Rumania, but people spoke German mostly, so did we children, German being our mother tongue. However, the school language in Czernowitz was Rumanian for all subjects, except for private schools like the Meisler, Elite and Komenius. We were taught to read and write German, even Gothic script from the age of six throughout all four years of grade school.

This was also true for French. We had an excellent French teacher, and by the time we finished grade school at the age of ten, all kids had a working knowledge of French, and the more talented ones could really carry on longer conversations.

Our bible teacher, Mr. Lehr, took the trouble to write and publish a slim little volume of bible stories, and by the age of ten, we knew basic bible. I was very surprised when at a later age and talking to other teenagers, I found out that they had no idea who Abraham was, or Jitzchak, or Joseph. They knew nothing about Joseph and how he was treated, or rather mistreated by his brothers!

In short, the Meisler was a unique school which taught us discipline and the right approach to study. In my case, when all the troubles started with the beginning of World War II,  it was the best and the only preparation for life which from then on offered me only a haphazard education."
 

 

 

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