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Family Chronology

Marianne Hahn [a.k.a. "Baba" (Yugoslavian) and "Omama" (German)]--1903

Marianne (with her son Alexander)(L-R) Elvira Dorothea Eduard Clotilde Richard MarianneMarianne Hahn was born in Stockerau, Austria near Vienna on September 9, 1903.

She was the youngest by many years of four children in a middle class family.  Being the youngest, she was spoiled as a child by her parents, sisters Chlotilde and Elvira and brother Richard.  Chlotilde had three daughters, Edith (who later lived in London), Hansi and Mimi; Elvira had a daughter, Yulchie, who still lives in Vienna; Richard moved to Sacramento, California.  Marianne attended classes through college with an emphasis on business and commuted to Vienna after gymnasium to attend a “housekeeping” school.

Marianne and her brother Richard were very sound sleepers.  During WWI, Richard was in the Austrian Army.  His unit was taken prisoner by the Russians and marched until exhaustion set in.  Many died along the road.  After one rest, Richard woke up and discovered he was alone; apparently, he was sleeping so soundly that the Russians thought he had died and left him behind!  Genetics played a part, as later Alex, during his boot camp basic training, would sleep so soundly (as did his partner in the pup tent) that other soldiers would have to kick in the tent to wake them up. Aleksa Robicek

Dorothea HoffmanWhen she was in her early 20s, Marianne went with her mother (Dorothea Hoffman) to holiday at a resort in Austria. Adolf’s father (Aleksa Robicek) had business in Austria and took some time off to go to the same resort.  The bags were brought to their rooms and when Dorothea opened what she thought was her suitcase, she found men’s clothing; meanwhile, Aleksa found the opposite.  They had identical suitcases and keys.  They met to exchange their suitcases and struck up a friendship.

The next time Aleksa came to Vienna on business, he brought his son Adolf.  Adolf was 10 years older than Marianne and they quickly fell in love.  Adolf spoke German (along with 7 other languages), so they were able to communicate in her native language.  Her family didn’t want her to move to Yugoslavia because they felt that Balkans (Serbians) were “barbarians,” yet a few months later they married and she moved to Belgrade.  It was very difficult for her, as she didn’t speak the language and didn’t have an ear to learn easily.

Marianne was very submissive prior to the war (conversely, Adolf had a very strong personality).  Being the youngest of the siblings and ten years younger than Adolf, she didn’t really have a strong sense of who she was and what she wanted.  She was always a negative, apprehensive person and felt a great deal of guilt for leaving her mother.  She didn’t know how to enjoy life and, although she loved her children and grandchildren, didn’t trust anyone outside of the family (this distrust of people could have sprung from her war experience).  Marianne lived in world of  “what ifs,” whereas her children Alex and Vera were the opposite in their beliefs.  Alex and Vera learned from what happened in their lives, moved on and didn’t look back.

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