Schlesinger from Austria 1900's

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This is in reference to ID's Pollak-20 and Schlesinger-55

I have a question about my wife's family.  Her grandfather, (Peter) Schlesinger-52, says that it is not possible for his grandmother, (Julie) Pollak-20, to have been alive when he was a child. He visited his father and grandfather's graves in Vienna this past year and it includes an "In Memory" of (Julie) Pollak-20 to have died in 1942.  I have contacted and received information listing (Julie) Pollak-20 as the grandmother of (Peter) Schlesinger-52, with Julie having died in 1942 at the Maly Trotstinec concentration camp (she would have been 70).

IKG-Wein included this at the end of his response: 

Problems are: We don't have records from the Jewish Community where your grandparents get married, so I don't have more information about your grandmother Julie Pollak, and I'm not absolutely sure that she is the one who was killed in Maly Trostinec.
These names Schlesinger, Pollak and Klein are most common names, what makes it more difficult to follow.

After this, I contacted Vienna City Archives which provided the same information as Julie being the grandmother of Peter.  

Peter Schlesinger was a child when he left Austria, but seems to remember a lot about it, and remembers nothing about his grandmother being alive, even after his father Wilhelm died. 

I guess this all leads to my question of which carries more weight; personnal knowledge and an insistance that this cannot be his grandmother or follow the evidence presented and chalk it up to some sort of estrangement?  A secondary question is what other research can I do to try and solve this?


WikiTree profile: Julie Schlesinger
in Genealogy Help by Matt Johnson G2G Crew (560 points)
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