SCHATZ, Betti 

Betti Schatz (nee Fuhrmann) (15) with her sister Sidi, Cernăuți 1931 

My mother's older sister, Betti Schatz (nee Fuhrmann), was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1916. As she was ten years older than my mother, Sidi, she helped her parents, Regina and Bernard, raise her younger siblings. Betti got married in 1939 in Czernowitz. As a young wife, she enjoyed baking and cooking, hoping to start a family of her own. Sadly, her husband was drafted into the army by the Russians in 1940, and Betti never had a chance to learn what happened to him during the war. 

Betti and her family were forced to leave their home in the Czernowitz ghetto in November 1941. They were taken to the Mogilev ghetto in Transnistria, where they faced a terrible typhus epidemic that devastated the ghetto from 1942 to 1943. Unfortunately, Betti survived for only ten months in the Mogilev ghetto before she passed away from typhus on the holiest day of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur, in September 1942. At the time of her death, Betti was only 26 years old.

The information is recorded from the words of Rita Melamud Kaufmann (December 2023) 

Photo: Betti Schatz (nee Fuhrmann) (15) with her sister Sidi, Cernăuți 1931 (granted by Rita Melamud Kaufmann)