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.'

Sandor Gunst’s birth certificate

This is my father Sandor Gunst’s birth certificate from 1880. It was registered in Szentes.

My father was born in 1880 in Szentes. He attended high school there. At the time, this high school was connected with the Debrecen Calvinist High School. Since it only had six grades, anyone who wanted to go to seventh and eighth had to finish in Debrecen. My father didn't go there, so he only completed six grades of secondary school. I used to know why, but now I can't remember why he quit.

Erzsebet Gunst

This is one of the last photos of my mother, Erzsebet Gunst. The picture was taken in Budapest in 1966.

When I got home to Szentes in August 1945, the big shop was completely empty. There were 10-15 sacks on one of the shelves, my mother sat next to the sacks and 'sold' them. My mother got empty bags on consignment from some contacts who were Jewish corn traders.


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