Ada Seidemann


As Interviewed by Viktoria H., March 11, 2013
"You donít recover from your losses. You just leave because you are alive."
Ada Seidemann

Introductory Profile: About Ada Seidemann

Ada Seidemann was born in Jerusalem to Solange Flantzer Gluckman, who was a survivor of the Holocaust. Many of her motherís stories about her hardships were passed down to Mrs. Seidemann when she was very young. Growing up in Israel, where the Holocaust is still remembered greatly, Mrs. Seidemann has always known about the challenges her mother had to face when she was a child and gladly shared them with me.

Ada Seidemann is a married Jewish woman who has two daughters, one in college and one in high school, one son, who is in elementary school, and a dog. Her mother was French and her father was Israeli with French origin. Her maternal grandmother, who were from Greece, and grandfather, who was from Poland, lived together in France until they became victims of the Holocaust. Mrs. Seidemannís mother survived the Holocaust with her two brothers and one of her cousins. Afterwards, she moved to Israel where she met her husband. Mrs.Seidemann is currently living in Austin, Texas. She has short brown hair, wears glasses, and has a warm accent.

The Holocaust was depressing period in our history and there were many times when it was necessary to pause and let the silence help us take in the sorrowful story. Mrs. Seidemann took her time to recollect the stories that her mother had told her as well as her own memories and research. Though the context of the story was dark, Ada Siedemann made the conversation enjoyable and interesting for me to listen to.

My interview of Ada Seidemann has helped me see many things about the Holocaust that I probably would have never really understood otherwise. I found that many Jews could have been saved with more than just pure luck if everyday people would have opened their eyes and seen what was happening around them. If two ladies hadnít hidden four children, I could not have had this experience because Mrs. Seidemann and her family would not have been around to give it to me.