Csaba Sik (Judit Kinszki’s husband) and a friend

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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1986
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary

My husband and I used to attend the same university. We were of the same age; he was born in '34 as well. His name is Cs. S. It was Schilling before. It was a German (Swabian) family from Celldomolk.

[We got married in 1957. We rented a flat.]  The tenant was consumptive; we were scared that our child would get infected. The flat was full of bed bugs, and we protected ourselves against them in vain, as they came in everywhere. [With help] we got some temporary accommodation. It was a loft facing towards the yard. You can't imagine the happiness we felt at getting a flat of our own. We didn't have a kitchen, only a bathroom and toilet. It had one window, which the child got; a curtain separated her room. The caretaker was very skilled, he shelved in the whole entrance-hall, as we already had lots of books then; Cs. worked at a publishing house and got copies from there, and he got them from the writers as well. There was a tile stove, but it had always gone cold by the morning, and the toilets were horribly cold. It leaked all the time, the child got a chronic ear infection, because the flat was wet and mouldy. So life was not easy, but it was our own flat. We lived there till '70. Csaba was very busy and he only came home at night. When he got home, the child was always sleeping; I don't really know if she knew she had a father. I raised her completely alone. When we moved to the temporary accommodation Cs. worked at home, but the child disturbed him. So I took the child away all the time. We visited all the museums of Budapest.

 

Interview details

Interviewee: Judit Kinszki
Interviewer:
Sárdi Dóra
Month of interview:
September
Year of interview:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Cs. S.
Year of birth:
1934
City of birth:
Celdömölk
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1997
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Occupation
after WW II:
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