This is a letter of presentation published in Szentes in 1929 . 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.'
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.
This picture of my mother, Erzsebet Gunst (nee Kohn), was taken in Hodmezovasarhely in 1909, I think, right before my parents' wedding. My mother is dressed in the style of the period, I think she's very beautiful and elegant in this picture.
This picture was taken on my 80th birthday in 1996, on a boat in Budapest. Our whole family is in it. My wife, Zsuzsa, is standing beside me. The little girl is one of my granddaughters and next to her is my son G. The party went really well, all of us really had a great time.
This photo was taken on the 50th birthday of my son, G., in 2000 in Budapest. As you can see, we're both having fun, because my other son is on stage doing his show. We're very strong believers in humor. It was a birthday event, which was especially organized for G.
I really love this picture. This was taken at my 50th high school reunion. Well, that's how many of us were left in 1984. Naturally, we travelled to Szentes for the reunion, but none of us were still living down there.
This is my graduation plaque from 1934 in Szentes. The four middle students in the top row were the exceptional students. From there down, the pictures were put in order as the students decreased in academic performance.
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.