Dr. G. Waldhorn

Hi everybody!

I have been a member of your group for just a few months and I so would like to introduce myself briefly and ask some questions to those who may have the answers.

I am a dentist and I have been living in Switzerland since 1972.  I was born in Czernowitz in December 1937 and deported together with my parents to Transnistria in 1941.  We were comparatively lucky. First we got to ATAKI and then to a village called DEREBZIN, where we survived because my father’s skills as a dentist were badly needed. .  In fact most Jews there were lucky because the director of the local sugar factory was a kind of Shindler, giving work to Jews. We were liberated by the Soviet army in 1944, returned to Cz. and then my father worked as a dentist in a neighbouring village called MILI for a while.

But before the liberation a horrible thing happened to the Jews:  the so called DOBROWOLZES ( I do not know how to spell the word properly) - Soviet soldiers who fought together with the Germans against their own brothers - had to flee from the advancing Soviets and passed our village where they stayed for a few days.  In one night they killed about half of the Jews in the village. Our family of 3 persons were lucky again. The Rumanian authorities protected us: every night they took us to the municipality, so the Russians were not able to kill the rest of the survivors.

So after the liberation, we went back to Cz.  but  as our own apartment was occupied by a Russian officer we left for MILI.

Later we returned to Cz, where we lived for a short time before we left for Rumania on our way to Palestine. Unfortunately the communist Rumanians kept us there. They did not allow the Alia to go to Palestine till 1961 - after Israel had become 1948 an independent State.

I started my medical studies in CLUJ in 1956 and submitted with my parents for departure to Israel again in 1959 so I had my name removed from the university register and had to wait until May 1961 to go with my parents to Israel, where I continued my studies and graduated as a dentist in 1965. I had to go to the army, where I worked as an army dentist and anaesthetist  at the hospital for the next 3 years.

I married my present wife LEA in 1966 and our first son ADAM was born in Eilat in 1967 before the 6-day-war.  At the end of 1971 we came to Switzerland. We then planned to stay here for 3 years, but  eventually we settled here. In 1975 I opened my own dental office in Flüelen, Kanton Uri, in the centre of Switzerland.  When our second son THEODOR (born 1973 in Basel) graduated  as a dentist in 1978, we moved to another new big dental office in Flüelen, where we have been working as partners ever since.  If somebody is interested,  we can be seen under www.dr-waldhorn.ch  <http://www.dr-waldhorn.ch/> . We are proud to have a very big sophisticated modern office. Finally I do not want to forget to mention that our daughter DENISE was born here in the Kanton Uri in 1979.

Now to my questions (I hope that some of you may have an answer):

1. Who knew my parents WALDHORN?   My grandfather Waldhorn Jacob was a well-known personality in Cz and died in 1934 (both my parents Maximilian and Sara Waldhorn died in 1984).

2. Who can give me some information about the village of DEREBZIN  in Transnistria? Maybe someone of our group or their relatives were also there?

3. Who knows something about these DOBROWOLZES?  Were these the solders of General Wlassov? Does anyone in our group have victims who suffered from the Dobrowolzes?

4. Does anybody know the village of  MILI, (cannot be far from Cz., less far than Wijnitz)?

5. Our apartment was in the MASARIK GASSE NR. 8, a side street of the bigger street called Stefan cel Mare.  Does anyone know where it is?

If anyone of the group could answer one or more of these questions, I would be very grateful.

I am looking forward to seeing (at least some of) you in May,