Personal Introduction from Frederick
I was born in Czernowitz in 1930, the son of Adolf Andermann and Anny
My father was originally from Suceava, and his family had come from
Galicia. I attended the Elite School with Dr. Wihneanu as principal.
Berthold Glaubach was my friend and classmate.
I lived on Karolinengasse 5 between the Temple and the Mehlplatz. My
late father was a co-owner of the Fabrica Soare factory which
manufactured pocket knives and other articles, but there was no obvious
relationship with the Deutsch and Andermann Hardware Store in
Czernowitz (Deutsch is my wife Eva's maiden name, her mother came from
nearby Jezierzany across the border in Poland).
We were fortunate to leave Czernowitz at the time of the Russian
takeover, first for Suceava and then to Bucarest.
After a year in Paris, we settled in Montreal where I attended medical
school and specialized in Neurology.
My late mother was president of the Bukovina Ladies Auxiliary of the
Bukovina Society in Montreal.
I have maintained close contact with my friends and colleagues, the
late Dr. Emil Berger and Dr. Otto Appenzeller, also from Czernowitz.
With our daughters Lisa and Annie, my wife and I visited Czernowitz in
1997 under the auspices of the Project Osvita funded by the Canadian
Government to improve pediatric neurological care following the
One of my current projects is to write about my mother's efforts to
bring about the repatriation of several thousand Transnistria orphans
with her friends, Fini Bibring and Betty Schwelberg.
I have followed with interest the historical and literary publications
about Czernowitz and its communities, as well as movies of Volker Koepp
("Herr Zwilling and Frau Zuckermann" and "This Year in Czernowitz") and
work of Aharon Appelfeld.
I am fluent in German, Romanian, French and Yiddish, and my son-in-law
Michael is fluent in Ukrainian.
I am looking forward to the trip in May together with wife Eva, my son
Mark and his wife Maria, and my daughter Lisa and her husband
Michael. My daughter Annie will be studying for her final
exams in residency and not able to join us this time.