Jozsef, who attended both a religious and a secular school as a child, paints for us a picture of growing up in the bustling, small Jewish community of the small Hungarian town of Kiskoros. His father, an orthodox Jew, served in the First World War and had a small leather goods shop.
Jozsef attended yeshiva, and in 1939 emigrated to Palestine, where he worked in a dressmaker's shop in Tel Aviv . Jozsef left his orthodoxy behind and married a Yemini woman, Zarum Mazal, who he met through the Communist party. His family, who remained in Hungary, were all killed during the Holocaust.
Jozsef and Zarum retumed to Hungary in 1948 and changed their name from Fogler to Faludi (more Hungarian sounding). They had three sons. Although not in the film, Jozsef did not pass on Jewish traditions to his sons; none married Jews.
Jozsef joined the Communist Party in 1949, which helped him find a job as a manual laborer. Jozsef never returned to Judaism, but gives private Hebrew and Yiddish lessons at home.
Read more about the history of Kiskoros, the Hungarian town in which Jozsef Faludi grew up.
Learn more about Jewish life in Kiskoros.
The small town of Kiskoros is located south of Budapest, Hungary´s capital. A google map of Kiskoros.
Map of Budapest, complete with all Jewish monuments and historical centers (both past and present).
Hungary before the German occupation. An Article by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
A research paper outlining the growth of anti-Semitism in Hungary prior to World War II as well as the treatment of the Hungarian Jewish community during the course of the war (both before and after the German occupation).
View images of Hungarian synagogues.
The following link provides a brief description of the Holocaust in Hungary, followed by a series of photos relating to the plight of Hungarian Jews during this period.
Many Jews in Hungary were able to escape the persecution of the Holocaust through the Hungarian Labor Service System. An article from Yad Vashem explains how.
Articles and photos relating to Jews in Hungary during the Second World War.
An article on Miklos Horthy, regent of Hungary throughout the Second World War, and his relationship with Hitler and the German Third Reich.
An article on Hungary and its alliance with Nazi Germany - provided by Yad Vashem.
Read this article provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on Budapest and the fate of its Jewish inhabitants during the Second World War.
An outline of the Nazis' plan for dealing with the "Jewish problem" in Hungary after the German occupation in March of 1944.
Hungary after the German occupation. An article by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
A map of the concentration/work camps located in Hungary and Slovakia provided by Yad Vashem.