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Suse Stiassnie was born in Vienna around 1932. Her father, Max Stier, a businessman, was arrested in 1938 and then fled to Czechoslovakia. The rest of the family followed in 1939, then traveled to Marseille, and eventually to Shanghai. Stiassnie attended the Shanghai Jewish School and after 1943 the Kadoorie School. Her father owned the Black Cat Coffee House. In 1949, the family returned to Vienna.