The fact that Olly Pordes married Dr. Rudolf Kaufmann in March 1939 has been passed down to us on a card from her estate, on the back of which she wrote this text:
“15. V. 1 h 15’ / (morning) / My dear husband, as you can gather / from this card – the time has come; it was a very strange wedding /, I hope our second one will be nicer. / The rabbi name- /ly emphasized that today’s ceremony was just an emergency wedding and / should possibly be repeated on the spot. I / hope you will be for it, too. Now thank God the hubbub is over / and the parents have gone to sleep. My friend / Anita, whom you already know from letters, is staying here today / to comfort me and is helping me endure your absence. / Now the three of us are sitting here – your brother-in-law / Fritz, Anita and I and have a bottle of schnapps / chilled and are toasting and giving you three cheers. The / second version of the card [for various reasons / two were necessary] now allows my two drinking companions to have their say. Auf Wiedersehen. O.”
The reason why her husband was not even present cannot be ascertained from this document. The rabbi performing the wedding ceremony was Arthur Zacharias Schwarz, the father of Tamar Schwarz, who was to marry Teddy Kollek. The Kaufmanns tied the knot at the synagogue on Müllnergasse in Vienna-Alsergrund.
Where else but at the Jewish Olympic Games do the “mind sports” chess and bridge, which are performed while sitting, count among the disciplines? The International Olympic Committee recognizes chess and bridge as types of sports, but does not consider them to be Olympic disciplines.