Miksa Domonkos at the age of 20

Miksa Domonkos at the age of 20
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1910
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Hungary
This is my father, Miksa Domonkos, when he was 20. The photo was taken in Budapest in 1910. My father went to a Jewish elementary school, and then he graduated from middle school, and then the Commercial Academy. The Commercial Academy was a school of high standard, it gave a high school diploma, they taught several languages, and they put the emphasis on practice. So the smart Jewish parents sent their children to study there with pleasure. I think my father got a scholarship from some kind of a Jewish organization. I suspect this from the fact that he got very valuable books on Jewish topics and an 11-volume Goethe series in Gothic type. Besides that he also got a 5-6 volume Heine in Gothic type. After my father graduated from the Commercial Academy he spent two years in Germany at a technical college. That's how he became entitled to be an artificer officer and to get a civil job. He spoke German perfectly, he was absolutely fluent and he was handsome, perhaps this also played a role in the fact that the Caterpillar made an arrangement with him to introduce the caterpillar tractors in Middle Europe, which was a great novelty at that time. And my father played an important role in the entire Middle European propagation. He magyarized his name to Domonkos at this time, sometime around 1910, because the name Fleischmann bothered him.

Interview details

Interviewee: Istvan Domonkos
Interviewer:
Mihaly Andor
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2004
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Miksa Domonkos
Year of birth:
1890
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1954
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Commission-agent of the Caterpillar company (respectively its predecessor)
after WW II:
Secretary general of the Jewish community
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Fleischmann
    Year of changing: 
    1910
    Reason for changing: 
    Assimilation
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