Otzoup Guliaeff was born in Berlin of Russian parents, silent movie star,
Alexandra Sorina, and movie producer, art collector and recipient of
numerous awards, Sergio Otzoup.
Tatiana and her parents only survived the Holocaust and World War II
through the efforts of a close friend, her godfather Albert Goering, who
provided the family with false papers. She was six years old when she saw
him for the last time in Vienna.
The Otzoup Guliaeff family never forgot the selfless generosity and
heroism of Albert Goering, his love and compassion toward mankind.
Tatiana acted on the stage for 25 years, she is an excellent writer and
has published poems and her memories Patchwork Quilt of Memories
in 2006. She wrote this touching and inspiring letter to Albert Goering titled 'Onkel Baer':
Baer (Uncle Bear)
From the time I can remember I loved and cherished you, I remember every
moment we were together, the walks in the parks, the treats you bestowed
on me, the way you taught me to pray, always accompanying me to church,
although you were a devout Catholic and I Russian Orthodox.
How hurt I was when I was forbidden to enter the study in our house, where
you sat grim faced, clutching a telephone with reams of papers, pens and
inkwells surrounding you. Through the mists of cigarette smoke that
encircled your being, I saw you, haggard and tired, yet with a
determination to fulfill some dreadful task.
Little did I know that you, at the risk of your own life, gave orders in
the name of your half brother, a high ranking German official, to release
prisoners, to issue exit papers to thousands of Jewish and other ethnic
peoples, thus saving their lives. How you forged your half brother's name
on the documents, how you changed your voice and bearing to sound like he.
Neither did I know that, after saving the life of the composer of the
"Merry Widow" Franz Lehár and his family, he composed an
important musical piece in your honor.
Nor did I know that you were tried in Nuremberg, absolved of all your
crimes, and banished to Argentina for a number of years for your own
safety, for the name of your half brother was well known and hated by all. Most
of this I found out from an article written in the 1950s in the News
Call Bulletin of San Francisco, where it stated that all the Jewish
families, that you saved, remembered you with kindness, gratitude and
respect, that they had sent affidavits to certify of your courageous
To my regret, I only have one letter written by you to my mother, when you
returned to Germany. Also in my possession I have a letter from your
sister Olga, who wrote that as your last act of selflessness, on your
deathbed, you married your housekeeper, so that she could receive your
Truly we were blessed to have had you in our lives.
God rest your soul, my dearly beloved godfather, my "Onkel Baer"