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מרץ 2012  (1)
Ilza (Aliza) Rot –schwartz
08/03/2012 18:34
ella and michal
Introduction

Our names are Michal Gelman and Ella Hubara we are student in the 12th grade in "Blich" high school ,Ramat Gan.
As a part of the project we went to a Retirement home  and interviewed an elderly woman named Ilza rot- schwartz. 

Ilza's life story was very interesting and delightful, We enjoyed listen to her stories and to do the project about her.  

Life story

I was born in 1920 in Neudoman, a small town in Germany, with 3,000 other people.

In my childhood I used to play with my many dolls and marbles, I also liked jumping rope with my friends. I used to ski and skate on ice. I also loved riding my bike.

When I grew up a little, I liked wearing fashionable clothing, skirts, mini skirts, and more. It was common back then to wear vests and classic clothing.

We had two horses and we had everything we wanted in our house, schooland education was other than today, there was more discipline and manners kept more strictly.

When Hitler became prime minister of Germany in 1933, we felt the change in our everyday lives and in school even though we didn’t suffer directly from the holocaust.

My father said that after the 1st of April jews don’t have nothing to do in Germany anymore, and we moved in 1934 to Frankfurt. In 1938 we wanted to move to America but because we didn’t get the opportunity we had to move to Israel before World War II started.

In March 1938 we moved to Ramat Hadar (today Hod Hasharon), we bought 5 dunam of ground and there we built a chicken coop that contained 1,000 chickens.

We used to grow vegetables, like lettuce, carrots and tomato and we sent them to the market everyday, I was then 17 years old.

In Ramat Hadar there were only 20 families that we became friends with.I worked in the chicken coop and I learned how to ride horses in order to help the settlement.

In that time things changed around the country, north to Ramat Hadar there was an Arabic village and we lived in fear, we lived 2 years in Ramat Hadar.

In September 1940 I left with friends to a trip to Rosh Pina and Metula,in that time in Metula there were only 10 houses. On the way back, we stopped at Haifa and we passed by Eged, there I met Yitzhak Schwarz, who was a bus driver. In Rosh Hashana he came for dinner and in December 1940 I married him.

Yitzhak was very talented and became a member of the management in Eged.In 1944, our first daughter was born and one year after another daughter was born. In 1948 we lived in Haifa, my husband worked in accounting, and I stayed home.

During the war of independence we were very afraid and we watched our daughters, after three years we moved to Tel Aviv and my daughters began studying at the school – Dovenov.

In 1952 while my husband Yitzhak left for a normal work day, he felt sick, had a heart attack and died.  My friends and family helped me get through my husbands death,  and I took his job in management in Eged,later, I ran a piano shop named 'Kleinman'.

Half a year after my husbands death, my father died and my mother sold our land and moved to Tel Aviv, in 1965, one of my daughters go married and in 1967 my second daughter got married. In that same year my sons in law were in war, One of them was a pilot and the other one was in Modiein, while my daughters were pregnant.

In 1969, I was at a friends wedding when I met my boyfriend, that was a pharmacist and we moved in together. A year after I began travelling around the world in different countries such as: France, Egypt , Prague, Hungary,Yugoslavia, Mexico, Kenya, America, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain and Portugal.

In 1973, I went outside and saw there was a war, and my boyfriend had to leave so he could give away medicines.

 In 1976 my boyfriend had an heart attack and died, 4 years after I had a surgery because of a broken rib and that was the only surgery I had in my whole life.

From 1985 I began volunteering at Tel Aviv city hall for 10 years.During the 90's my grandson was a pilot in the IDF and I met Ezer Weizman and the whole air force crew.

In 2006 I left Tel Aviv and moved to a nursing home in Ramat Chen, Ramat Gan, where I live in today.

One of my daughters lives in Kfar Saba, and the other one lives in Ramat Gan, near the Bar-Ilan University.

Today I have 6 grand grandkids and a family who lives in the US, I also kept in touch with friends I grew up with in Haifa and Ramat Hasharon.

 

Conclusion:


The process of writing our project took time and was even difficult, but it was worth it because we have earned and learned many values from the experience of writing it. The project brought us to see the difficulties of life in the beginning of the settlement and the everyday life that people were having, the fear of Arabs attacking, working on the farm and more. When we have heard the story we understood how fragile our everyday lives are, and they could change dramatically every day, and we should never take any day, or anything at all for granted. In conclusion the project was very interesting to make and we have learned a lot about Israel in its first years, and even before that. Also the project was very enjoyable and educating and it was unlike reading about that time in a book, because In the interview we got to see and talk with the person in front of us and see where they come from, what motivated them to get where they got and we found out that the most enjoyable method of learning. We think that the project was very important, and as the young generation we were very proud to make it in order to learn about our country's past, especially in these enjoyable methods.
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