Ilona Gardonyi, Judit Kinszki’s mother

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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1922
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary

My mother. My mother is Ilona Gardonyi. Her name was magyarised from Grunberger, possibly by my grandfather. My mother was born in 1899. 

[My mother's family was] completely different, I can say that they were proles. My grandfather was a tailor. They had eleven children, all of whom were born in Budapest [nine of them lived].  My mother's family lived in a very poor neighbourhood in Bethlen Square. My mother told me that in spite of this fact, my grandmother and grandfather used to go to the Kiraly Theatre to see an operetta or something, and when my grandmother came home, she sang to the children what she had heard in the theatre. But it happened for example that my mother didn't want to do gymnastics in PT class because she had no panties, and she was afraid that if she had to do a somersault, her behind would be visible, and they failed her for this reason. She went home crying, and grandmother made her panties. She had no time for sewing for the children, because she had to work for a living. She sewed for other people. 

[My mother] graduated from middle school, then completed a one-year commercial course, and she became an official: a stenography correspondent. 

 

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Imréné Kinszki
Year of birth:
1899
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Occupation
before WW II:
clerk
after WW II:
bookkeeper
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Grünberger Ilona
    Year of changing: 
    1909
    Reason for changing: 
    Magyarizing
  • Previous family name: 
    Gárdonyi Ilona
    Year of changing: 
    1925
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
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