Ferenc Deutsch, his father Vilmos Deutsch, sisters Juliska and Jolan Deutsch, and sister-in-law Helen

Ferenc Deutsch, his father Vilmos Deutsch, sisters Juliska and Jolan Deutsch, and sister-in-law Helen
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  • Photo taken in:
    Putnok
    Year when photo was taken:
    1934
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
Some members of the family. From left to right: Helen, my mother`s sister-in-law; Juliska and Jolan, my sisters; me in the back; and my father in the front. My elder sister, Jolan, was nineteen when our mother died.She took over the seven children and raised us. Jolan married in 1934. They were married under the chupah, but not in the synagogue. My sister insisted that she wanted her wedding in the open air. She also insisted that my brother-in-law wear kitl (traditional white robe worn by men for holiest days of the year). He had kitl beneath and over it he wore an ibertzi - that's a kind of overcoat. Her husband was a second cousin, called Zoltan Grunwald, later Zoltan Galambos. He was a very, very good man. They lived on Marvany Street, in a huge house with a passageway. He worked as a painter-decorator there in that house, summer and winter. The inhabitants were always changing and whenever there was a new resident, a flat had to be redecorated. A wealthy Jewish family wanted to adopt me, because they had no children, but my sister said that as long as she lived, no child would be given up for adoption. My sister couldn't bear not having the children with her. She regarded us, her sisters and brothers, as her own children.

Interview details

Interviewee: Ferenc Deutsch
Interviewer:
Sárdi Dóra, Andor Eszter
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Vilmos Deutsch
Year of birth:
1886
City of birth:
Tiszaszollos
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1944
City of death:
Auschwitz
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Auschwitz
Occupation
before WW II:
Manual laborer

Other Person

Julia Deutsch
Jewish name:
Volf
Year of birth:
1914
City of birth:
Vaja, Rakoci Ranch
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1945
City of death:
Auschwitz
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Auschwitz
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
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