Maria Anna Elisabeth (Beile) Deutsch
Marika (Beile) Deutsch was born in Budapest on October 14, 1923.
She died on July 9, 1987 (12. Tamus 5747) in Zurich, aged 63,
after prolongued but brave suffering at her home.
Here are a few stations in her life:
From her birth to March 23, 1944, the day of her arrest by the GESTAPO,
she lived at 16, Lendvay ut., Budapest VI, the family villa.
She passed her childhood in the protected environment, created
industrialist father, Sandor Deutsch,
who became in 1928, vice-general director
of HUNGARIA, and in 1930 its general director (CEO).
Before that, in 1911 he became an independent entrepreneur
and amassed a fortune, till he fusioned his factories in 1928
Her mother, Rozsi Deutsch-Pick came from a simpler family.
She was widowed in WWI and her marriage to Sandor was her second marriage.
She had two unmarried brothers, Marci and Sanyi, who also lived in the
Deutsch villa, as well as her widowed mother, Johanna Pick-Uffenheimer.
Marika was the second child, her brother, Denes was born two years before.
The household was supported by a cook, two chambermaids, a driver and gardener,
and two nannies.
Left: Marika with her mother
Right: Marika with Denes
Left and middle: Marika with Denes
Right: Denes and Marika with their mother
Till she entered primary school, Marika only spoke German at home,
the language of her father and his family. The nanny was hired from Vienna
to make sure German was properly spoken.
Marika and Denes were always guarded, and care was taken to have them
mingle only with respectable children. They spent most of the time
at home, with the nannies or the bachelor uncles, or went to play in
the nearby city park "Stadtwaeldchen", behind the Millennium Square.
The summers are spent at the two family estates. Till 1928, when it was
liquidated, the family had a 900 ha estate, which was called Medzihaj,
near Bialy Kostol, north west of Trnava. The estate was sold in 1928.
In 1945 it became the National Institute for Corn Research
From 1936 on the family had a 450 ha estate Pajta Puzsta extending
over the two villages of Hehalom and Palotas near Hatvan,
an hour's drive north-east from Budapest.
The summer residence "Pajta Puzsta"
There are plenty of stories about life on the family owned villages.
Still in Slovakia, Denes broke an arm falling off a swing.
On Pajta Puzsta both Denes and Marika had their own horses,
Marika's horse was called "Mausi", a grey (female).
Marika also had a tame hare, who enjoyed feeding on the specially grown
roses in the Master's garden. Finally, Rozsi couldn't tolerate it anymore,
and she gave the hare to the gardener, who slaughtered and cooked it.
Marika was very hurt by this. She was about forteen then.
Left: Onion harvest
Right: Poppy harvest, row, barn, Marika with a friend driving
a horse carriage.
Denes and Marika grew up as the crown prince and princess
to take a role in their father's newly created empire. In fact, among
her neighbors, they were known
as the "Koenigskinder" (the King's children).
From Fall 1933 till Spring 1941 she studied at the
Maria Terezia Leanygimnaziumi and got her matriculation exam
(Matura) on June 19, 1941 with decent but not excellent grades.
Her brother Denes went to the prestigious protestant school "XXXXX".
He gets baptized protestant after graduation and
leaves Hungary in February 1940, to study chemistry
at the ETH in Zurich, under Proff. Fierz, Niggli and Ruzicka.
He completes his Diploma in 1944 and his Ph.D. in 1946,
under the supervision of Prof. XXXX.
This was not the profession of his choice, but a result of his
father's plans for him as his successor at HUNGARIA.
Denes does not return to Hungary, but for a visit in the 60ties.
Marika's relationship with Denes were marked by love, solidarity,
betrayal and guilt feelings.
From fall 1941 on till spring 1944 (German occupation)
and again in 1945,
Marika was enrolled at the Department of Agricultur of the
Agricultural and Veterinary Faculty of the the Technical and
Economical University "Palatine Joseph".
However, she was detained for almost 5 months in 1944.
She has a certificate that she has
completed 8 semesters and the I. and II. rigorous examinations
with good results.
The topic was chosen by her father
to protect his estate Pajta Puszta from complete nationalization.
The title of the estate was transferred to Marika in 1941,
who, as an agronomist, could own up to 700 Joch.
Although a jew, she was allowed to study at the university, but
had to sit in the courses on seats specially reserved for the jews
The study books of her Hungarian university studies are preserved.
Left: Marika as student, ca. 1941
Right: Marika on her horse "Mausi", ca. 1943
In 1946 she was for one semester enrolled at the
Juridical Faculty of the "Pazmany Peter" University,
where she completed one semester.
Also in 1946 she was for one semester enrolled at the Juridical Faculty
of the Geneva University (Switzerland).
This we know from her personal tales.
Engagement to Ferry
In 1943 Marika got engaged to Ferry (Ferdinand) Freund and was to be married
in April 1944 in a roman-catholic ceremony.
Ferry was a baptized jew from a very wealthy family.
Marika and Ferry, 1944
His sister, Lea Ziegler-Freund, still lives in an apartment on Kodaly square
in Budapest in a house which formerly belonged entirely to the family.
Marika was baptized roman-catholic in Budapest on February 1, 1944,
on the name Marianna Erszebet
and Lea Ziegler and her husband Tibor were the godparents.
German occupation of Hungary
However, Marika was arrested, together with her mother und uncle Marci,
on March 23, 1944 in the family Villa and detained Kisztarza.
Marika suffers from tuberculosis and is treated in the camp's hospital,
with additional medication provided by HUNGARIA.
From August 4 to August 7, 1944 Marika was detained in Foe ut. Prison
(today Ministery of Justice and Police prison, then used by the
GESTAPO) and met there H. Szenes, with whom she exchanged cigarettes.
On August 7, 1944 she was released from prison, but had to report
regularly to the GESTAPO in Hotel Astoria.
Her mother was released from GESTAPO detention on September 27, 1994.
The period from May till October 1944 is very well documented
letters from GESTAPO detention,
which are complete preserved.
During the Soviet siege, Marika and her mother in hiding,
and enjoy the help of the Guth family, their driver Kupai and his family,
and many others. Christmas eve 1944 Marika spends with the Kupai family,
when the house is hit by a bomb. They were on the third floor,
and found themselves with external wall having disappeared.
We have little knowledge about how they spent the period before
the liberation of Budapest. Marika worked as a Red Cross nurse
must have seen horrible things. Only on her death bed in 1987
did she speak about the fear of dying. "I am not afraid of death",
she said, "I have seen too much of it, not to be familiar".
Underground and protected
Swiss consular documents (Lutz)
Swedish consular documents (Wallenberg)
False identity and Helen Pecs
On her 21st birthday, October 14, 1944, Szalasi and his Cross Arrow
party take power in Hungary.
From October 25, 1944 till March 13, 1945 Marika lives
under the false identity of Helen Pecs.
A complete set of documents of Helen Pecs' ancestors
was bought and the documents survived.
In June 1945 the immediate family was safe together again,
Marika and her parents in Budapest, Denes was ordered to stay in Switzerland.
Rozsi's brothers were also alive in Budapest.
Her fiance, Ferry, returns from the eastern front, but is not
interested in marriage anymore.
Nevertheless, there were many victims of the Holocaust in the families
of Sandor's brothers and sisters.
The following did not return from their deportation:
From March 1945 on Marika is, with permission of
Occupation Soviet, in charge of the agricultural enterprise
Pajta Puszta, and Mr. Berger, the former administrator, returns
to his job.
- Aunt Kaethe (Sandor's sister) and her husband. They died childless.
- Two children, Zsuzsi and Tibor, and the widow of uncle Karl (Sandor's
Marriage with Andras
Marika resumes her studies in fall 1945 at the Budapest Royal Hungarian
University "Pazmany Peter".
In Spring 1946 Marika meets
Andras Majtenyi in Istvan Rath's office.
Rath is the director of Servita, Gyoergyszergyar es Vegyipar R.T.,
a pharmaceutical company restructured after the war by Sandor Deutsch.
Its purpose is to produce synthetic penicillin and vitamin C,
and for this purpose,
Prof. Albert Szent-Gy\"orgyi,
the Nobel proze winner of 1937, is recruited as its scientific director.
Marika works also for Istvan Rath.
Andras work for the Ministry of External Commerce and is in
charge with improving relations with Romania.
Marika gets pregnant, and is sent to Switzerland, offcially to study
law in Geneva, but actually an abortion is arranged secretely
by Andras and Istvan Rath.
The abortion experience leaves Marika in deep remorse, and she decides
to get married to Andras and have a child.
On December 19, 1946 Marika gets married to Andras Majtenyi.
The witnesses are Benes (from the board of HUNGARIA) and Csont (from
the Communist Party).
Middle: Wedding with Andras, with Mr. Benes Jr. and F. Csont
Right: Her parents in law: Nelly and Jeno Markovics
Andras works for the Ministerey of Foreign Trade, where he
holds a high position and is heavily involved in reestablishing
Hungarian trade relations with the rest of the world.
In particularly he is in charge of preparing a treaty with Rumania,
which is signed in January 1948.
of the signing
The wedding trip brings them to Paris, Zurich, Luzern and Rumania.
On March 12, 1948 her son, János, is born.
In October Marika's mother orders private investigators
to follow for three weeks Andras and prove his infidelties.
Marika is brought to a place where they catch Andras in the act.
On February 28, 1949 Marika and Andras get divorced.
In post-war Hungary divorce is possible by mutual agreement after a minimum of
two years of marriage. They both succumbed to external pressures,
not being ready for divorce. They continue their stormy love story.
Emigration to Zurich
On June 4, 1949 Marika and her son Janos arrive in Zurich.
They live formally in Baden, as they have no residence right in Zurich.
But Marika and Janos stay often in Zurich with her parents, who reside
in the Wellenberg Boarding House.
Left: Marika and Janos 1948 in Budapest
Middle: Andras, Janos and Marika 1948 in Budapest
Right: Baden, Switzerland, the day of Marika's arrival with Janos
Marika is very unhappy in Zurich. She ponders emigrating to
Canada, but would like to leave her son behind for a year
with her parents, who strongly disagree.
Marika has several suitors, but the moment they realize she
is a divorcee and has 2 year old son, they hesitate to continue
their courting efforts.
Most of them are Hungarian emigres or Swiss from the pool of business
acquaintances of Marika's father.
Among the suitors is a very flashy and wealthy
businessman, Gabriel (Gabi) Makowsky
(born June 6, 1908),
who is still married (since 1934)
and has two daughters, Marlen (born 1935) and Gerda
Gabi is very fond of Janos, as he always wanted a son.
Gabi files for divorce from his wife Rosa Makowsky-Mandeltort
in the intention to get married to Marika.
They were married in an arranged marriage, coming both
from Jewish-Orthodox families.
Gabi orders secretely a graphological evaluation of Marika's handwriting,
which he gets on January 29, 1951.
The evaluation is found satisfactory.
Marika has a very intensive correspondence with Andras
from June 2, 1949 till December 1950 (but it continues
irregularly till 1951).
Also in 1951 Marika gets into problems with her residence
permit, which is not renewed. The case is appealed
and lost, as the authorities cannot get convinced
of the usefulness of Marika's (and her parent's) presence in
Zurich, which already suffers, according to the City council,
from oversaturation with foreigners.
Finally Marika gets an expulsion order for herself and Janos,
which is made null and void only through her marriage to Gabi.
Marriage with Gabi
Gabi gets divorced on March 8, 1951.
Marika and Gabi get married on August 10, 1951.
Later in the month Gabi is presented to the three year old
Janos as his father.
On February 9, 1952 an inventary of the wive's property is deposited
at the State Notary. It is valued at 260'000 thousand Swiss Francs,
and includes collectors art work, jewels, furs and cash.
In summer 1952 Gabi and Marika take residence in the Mythenschloss
(Mythen Castle) a very posh residential building on the lake shore.
Left: Happy family: With Gabi and Janos,
Right: Marika and Gabi, Denes and Hani, Sandor, Janos and Rozsi
Gabi and Marika's father Sandor work together and are successful
in exploiting the black markets of the emerging Cold War.
They make four million SFR in circumventing the western copper embargo
on the Warsaw Pact States. Due to indiscretion of collaborators
these operations are brought to an end after being exposed
in Time Magazine. Sandor invests his part of the money
in his new venture, the RHEIN-CHEMIE in Kaiseraugst, near Basel.
Gabi wastes his money with exuberant life style and careless
signing of guarantees which fault. Sandor has to bail him
out several times.
In 1952 (or so) Marika is diagnosed with gall bladder stones
and the gall bladder is removed. She spends 3 weeks in hospital
(Hirslanden, a private and very expensive clinic). The family doctor
is the darling of the prominent and rich, Dr. Esselier. He is
also the doctor of the Shah of Persia, when he spends his time in Switzerland.
A few years later Gabi has also problems with gall stones.
Andras vs Gabi
In 1952 custody of Janos is transfered to Marika alone.
In 1953 Andras is arrested by the political police (AVO) in Budapest.
In 1954 Andras is asked, while in jail, to approve a name
change for his son Janos to become Janos Makowsky.
He is very hurt by this request but finally signes the permission.
Marika's marriage deteriorates under the financial misfortunes
and decline of Gabi.
Gabi wants Janos to be his son, but Marika hesitates.
Finally, in September 1956 Janos name change to become Janos Makowsky
is approved and registered in Hungary.
Already in August 1955 Andras leaves prison, but cannot well reintegrate
in normal life. Hungarian society develops versus a serious crisis,
which comes to an eclat in Fall 1956.
In November 1956 Andras leaves Hungary clandestinely via Austria to ask
for political asylum at the French Embassy in Vienna and gets
permission to settle in Paris.
In 1957, he passes through Zurich and requests to see Marika and his son.
Marika rushes to fetch him at the train station and Gabi is left
with revealing to Janos the truth about his fathers.
Janos easily adapts to having now two fathers (Gabi-papi and Andras-papi)
but for Gabi a dream was shattered.
15. September 1957: True father revealed
In 1957 Gabi tries to shoot himself, but fails.
He is found immobile in his office unhurt seemingly holding a gun firmly against
his temple for several hours.
His financial situation deteriorates again, and so does the marriage.
Marika and Gabi discuss divorce, but Marika insists, this should be
delayed till after financial recovery.
On February 5, 1958 Gabi successfully shoots himself during the lunch break
in his Mythen Schloss residence.
Upon hearing of Gabi's death, Andras rushes to Zurich to ask Marika
to remarry him. Marika declines.
In February 1959, Marika's mother, and in June her father pass away.
Marika is busy sorting out the inheritance, which is disappointing
and further diminished by disagreements with her brother Denes
concerning handling non-declared assets. Finally she inherits
ca. 160'000 Sfr, Jewels, art works and furniture.
The young widow
Starting from scratch
Marika lives from selling art works, which turn out to be of
less value than expected. In the course of selling art work, she
meets Dr. Eduard Huettinger, then curator of the "Kunsthaus" in Zurich.
They fall in love and start a long and contorted affair.
In 1958-59 Marika attended a course at the "Benedict Schule"
and graduated (with distinction)
with a diploma as a "Secretary". This enabled her to
be employed as a secretary with qualifications in type writing,
stenography (Stolze-Schrey), German busines correspondence
The Diploma document exists.
In 1959 Marika took a job near her residence (Alfred Escherstrasse)
as an auxiliary accountant
for a small subsidiary (two persons), "FRIWAG Mineralwasser AG"
of soft drink sales of
"Waedenswiler Bier". This enabled her to care for her son also
She worked there from August 21, 1959 till February 28, 1961.
The attest issued when she left the job asserts that
she was employed as a clerk and worked as an auxiliary accountant in
charge of the whole accounting and billing operation of the
subsidiary. She worked mostly independently. He duties were completed
impeccably, her dealings with clients over the telephone was always
forthcoming and polite, she was a pleasant collaborator.
Furthermore it is stressed that she left her job because she had found
a new place with better prospectives for her professional forthcoming,
and that her superior regrets her departure and wishes her success in her
further professional life. Indeed, Marika used to wonder, what her
boss, Mr. Mxxxx, was really doing, as he showed up in his office
rather irregularly, relying completely on Marika's work.
Her salary then was 800.- Sfr. per month,
before taxes and other deductions.
In 1961, Alex Beutler (her cousin Otto's son),
opened a distribution subsidiary of his holesale fashion
business "Beutler Bern"
in Zurich and made Marika responsible for this operation.
The work contract stipulates that her basic salary would be 1000.- Sfr,
before taxes and deductions, and that she would be remunerated additionally
for increase in turnover of "Beutler Bern". In the year before the
turnover of "Beutler Bern" was 1'800'000 Sfr.
She was given an advance payment for the provision
of 400 Sfr. per month, which corresponded to an annual increase in turnover
to 2'400'000 Sfr.
She worked there from March 15, 1961 till , formally, December 30, 1964.
As a matter of fact, she left the place in October, generously being granted
payment till the end of the year.
The work attest issued when she left her job states that the parties
parted on friendly terms and her departure was caused by internal
reorganizations of "Beutler Bern", which required that Marika would have
to work in Bern, which was not possible for her due to family reasons.
The appraisal of her performance was less enthousiastic than on her first job.
The truth is that the expected increase in turnover was not sufficient
to cover the cost of the Zurich subsidiary and Marika's expectations
of salary plus provisions. The terms of departure were overshadowed
by emotional complications. Alex was a rational businessman who wanted to
help Marika but on sound economic terms. Marika felt undervalued,
and being a spoiled woman, and older by six years, could not accept
Alex, her cousin's son and younger relative, treating her merely
as a cost-effective employee.
On December 1, 1964 she took a new job as the manager of Osswald's Boutique
at Bahnhofstrasse Zurich.
She was very excited and looked forward to a new career as a manager
of a perfume and fashion boutique. But in January 1965 she was diagnosed
breast cancer and surgical interventions was thought to be urgent.
She left her job on January 31, 1965 and the work attest speaks only
of termination by mutual agreement.
Marika and Janos, 1963
Illness and Edi
Edi Huettinger and Marika live separately, but are together.
Edi leaves the Museum and becomes assistant professor at Zurich
University. He has a positive influence on Marika's and my intellectual
curiosity. Marika would like to get married, but only
under the condition that she can leave work and be a kept woman.
This is financially not possible then. But Edi eventually moves
into an apartment in the same house (Mythenschloss) as Marika,
just a floor below. When illness strikes, Edi already lives
Mammasectomy is performed in early summer 1965, followed by radiation
and chemotherapy. While Marika is in Hospital, Edi has heart attack
and is treated in the same hospital. Before her mammasectomy,
Marika makes Edi promise,
with Marianne Ostier as a witness, that he would marry her,
if she recovers. He promises (did he have a choice), but feels
Marika recovers in 1966 and Edi is appointed extra-ordinary
professor at Heidelberg University. He accepts the position,
but stays in Zurich for his domicile, hoping for a professorship
at Zurich University, where he is the darling of Prof. Jedlicka
and official crownprince for succession after the impending
retirement of Prof. Jedlicka.
Marriage is postponed, and the Heidelberg-Zurich arrangement
makes an acceptable excuse.
Bernhard Altmann, Vienna
In Juli 1966 Marika applies for a position as executive manager
of "Berhard Altmann AG, Zurich" a textile company fully owned
by "Berhard Altmann, Vienna". She is employed on trial bases in August
1966 and her contract is converted into regular employment
starting on January 1, 1967.
Her salary now consists first
of 14 monthly payments of 2000.- Sfr per year before taxes and deductions,
and from January 1967 on
of 14 monthly payments of 2500.- Sfr per year
before taxes and deductions and 1% provision on turnover up to 1 million,
and 1.5 % for turnover exceeding 1 million.
Marika fullfills her new job very successfully, but the mother company
in Vienna is in deep troubles and has to be extricated from bankruptcy
by state intervention. In March 1970 the employment is terminated
and converted into a representation. Marika founds "Textilagentur Makowsky",
and becomes sole Swiss representative of "Berhard Altmann, Vienna".
"Berhard Altmann, Zurich" is dissolved and Marika is entitled
to rent their former offices at Florastrasse 28, to hire the former
traveling salesmen and secretary and is given the furniture and
office equipment for free. The contract with "Berhard Altmann, Vienna"
is for one year to be renewed annualy unless notice is given three month
ahead. Marika's provision is 15% of the effective and paid sales.
As a result of her frequent visits to Vienna, Marika resumed
intimate contacts with several of her girlfrinds from childhood,
Eva, Panni, Marika G., Tuzzi and their husbands.
She also resumed contact with Lea Ziegler-Freund, Ferri's,
her former fiancee's sister, Zsuzsi in Paris, Paulette from Bolivia.
In Zurich her best friend was Susan Wyler, a kept woman, lover of one of
the Kimche brothers, who was unhappily married and who
was one of the owners of the private bank "Bank Landau und Kimche, Zurich".
There were two or three others of her age, and then there was
aunt Luise, Luise Farkas, widowed,
her late mother's best friend.
Marika was looking for a husband who would accept her independence
and be at the same time true provider and consort.
Some of her Jewish Hungarian friends in Vienna
wanted to play matchmakers and several
candidates emerged. There was Jenoe Weinreb from Geneva.
Jenoe was actively courting her in 1964. He had ammassed
a considerable fortune of 40 million dollars speculating in Whiskey,
and lived alone with his chinese cook and a live-in maid in a luxury
apartment overlooking the lake.
He was 15 years older than Marika, who was 41, and finally was rebuffed.
Marika decided she was still too young and attractive to become a kept woman
who would be mostly a decorative display. She still tried to hope for
a life with Edi. She longed for passion and tender love.
After recovery from cancer
Marika's Hungarian Jewish friends
in Vienna and Zurich
urged her even more to get remarried, to make sure she was provided for.
They saw, before Marika wanted to realize it, that Edi was a bad choice
who would never make good on his promise.
Anyhow, Edi was in Heidelberg, and their relation turned cooler.
The friends introduced her to David Wechsler from Sidney.
Wechsler's parents where also from Trnava and had moved to Budapest
after WWI. They belonged to the same social circle
as Marika's parents. Young Wechsler left in time for Australia and
started from scratch.
Now David was very rich, he was in textiles, one of Australia's biggest
makers of men's shirts. He was a friend of the famous philantropist
and one of the richest men in Australia, Strasser,
and of Alexander Winter, and old friend of Marika's parents who lived in Paris.
Alexander's late wife Ilona was another intimate friend of her mother.
David had just lost his wife to cancer and returned to Europe to find,
with the help of his old Hungarian Jewish connections, a replacement.
David was over 60, and Marika was 45.
Even before Marika met him, her conditions were negotiated.
He agreed that she would live in Zurich. He would spend half the time
in Sidney attending his business and being close to his adult
children. They would spend at least 6 months per together in Europe.
He would provide her with an arpanage which would allow her a very
convenient life, even if she stopped working.
Finally, it was decided that meeting made sense, and they met in Venice,
Hotel Danieli, for a long weekend. Marika was very excited, but with
mixed feelings. She returned bitter and broken from Venice.
The first days were pleasant and a tender relationship started growing.
Finally David wanted to become intimate and Marika confessed
her handicap, that she had a breast amputated.
David, after having lost his first wife to cancer just recently, could not
hold his temper, "never again do I want to loose a wife like this",
he exclaimed, and Marika to the next train back to Zurich.
David travelled to Salburg, it was festival season, and he found himself
a Hungarian Jewish widow from the US and they got married within weeks.
She moved to Australia, and he signed over all his belongings to her,
to save on inheritance tax, in case he would die.
Less than two years later she died of cancer. He inherited his fortune
from her, paid a lot of inheritance tax and rushed back to Europe.
He wanted to ask Marika for her hand. But she was too proud for
the deal. By now, in 1970 she was an independent business woman.
In remorse he wanted to help her. Winter, Strasser and Wechsler,
through a proxy company, "Impaloan, Establishment, Vaduz, Liechtenstein",
they became silent partners of Marika's business and paid her
30'000 Sfr.The arrangement became contractual reality on November, 3, 1971.
Left: Textilagentur Marianne Makowsky, at the trade fair, ca. 1976
Right: Passfoto, ca. 1980
For 17 years Marika was an independent business woman.
In the first years she represented exclusively "Bernhard Altmann",
but as the decline of "Bernhard Altmann" in Vienna continued, she was
allowed to represent other, non-competing, and later even competing
producers. "Bernhard Altmann" produced woolware and bathing suits
for women. Finally "Bernhard Altmann, Vienna" was bought by Ganahl
in Dornbirn, who tried unsuccessfully to salvage the name.
Marika shifted her business slowly towards more and more
elegant women's fashion and extricated herself of her dependence
Yves St. Laurent's line of underware got started in Switzerland with her,
but turned out to be failure. For a while she tried to import woolware
from Scotland and represented "Pringle" for a few seasons.
Finally she focused more and more on Italian producers and
designers and specialized in Pret-a-porter.
In 1983-1984 she represented
Cerruti1881 Femme (Paris), Cesare Piccini (Florence),
Regina Schreker, Givenchy 5 (Paris), Gianni Salva (Italy),
Marie Jamin - Crepe de Chine, Carla Fashion, Didier Ronsard.
She was a name in her field, competing successfully on a lost
job. Business practices changed, most sales were done a trade and
fashion fares, and only her expertize convinced her partners to continue
The last years
In 1985 Marika reaches the peak of her career as a fashion agent.
She represents the Italian top designer Nino Cerutti, the Japanese
Hana Mori and her ambition is set to work for Karl Lagerfeld, too.
But she has become a bitter woman, disappointed by friends and genuinly
lonely. Her son is in Israel with a successful academic career, two
lovely children who do not speak German, and stuck in a less
successful mariage, which should would have liked to be dissolved.
Then cancer develops again. In 1986 metastasis is diagnosed.
She refuses to get treatment which will extend life, but make it
unbearable. She continues her work, and Karl Lagerfeld does contact
her through his agents. Whether she were interested to represent
a new collection of his in Switzerland.
In the beginning of 1987 her suffering gets worse. In April
she gets hospitalized but insist on returning home.
Her son, in the middle of divorce procedure,
commutes between Israel and Zurich and organizes her medical
care at home with hired nurses. He spents most of the time in Zurich,
manages to have his children visit grandmother in May, and she dies
in July in his arms. She died bravely, always an elegant lady.
Left: In Ischia, 1986
Right: Gravestone, Oberer Friesenberg, Zurich
- Birth certificate:
- Matriculation exam: June 19, 1941
- Baptization certificate, February 1, 1944
- Letters from GESTAPO detention,
- Red Cross identity document with photo of Marika
under the name of Helen Pecs, born 1920, dated October 25, 1944.
- Identity document, dated March 13, 1945, attesting that
Helen Pecs is Marianna Deutsch.
- Technical University certificates and study booklet 1941-1945
- University certificates and study booklet 1945-1946 (law).
- Funeral Eulogy
by Rav. Dr. Jakob Teichman, 14. July 1987.