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Sandor Gunst’s last postcard from deportation

This is the last postcard my father, Sandor Gunst, sent to my mother, after he was taken away from Szentes. A Szentes resident of the Israelite faith, he was taken into custody in spring of 1944. My father had to be arrested and deported before the construction of the ghetto because he was the president of the religious community at the time. This happened directly after 19th March 1944, when the Germans occupied Hungary.

Sandor Gunst's record of imprisonment

This is a very interesting and sad document: a copy of the prison register of Szentes. It says why my father, Sandor Gunst, Szentes resident of the Israelite faith, was taken into custody in spring of 1944. This paper is a complete fabrication for the sake of the authorities, as well as creating a record of why they were taking people away; at least they paid attention to that. So my father had to be arrested and deported before the construction of the ghetto because he was the president of the religious community at the time.

Letter of Presentation to Szentes Israelite Community

This is a letter of presentation published in Szentes in 1929 [5689]. The chalice seen in the photo was presented to the Szentes Israelite community on the occasion of the religious association's 120th anniversary of existence. You can read in the letter, that this is an artistically produced silver decorative cup, which the donors are presenting so that 'in the hand of the person chosen by the community at the traditional feast of the seventh of the month of Adar, he may proclaim the promise of fidelity, mercy, truth, love and peace.'

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