Erzsebet and Tibor Bato

Erzsebet and Tibor Bato
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1920
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
This photo was taken of my parents shortly after their wedding. My father, Tibor Bato, was born in Budapest in 1896. He studied for four years in an English gymnasium in Cairo, where his father was organizing the network of the Adria Insurance Company in Egypt and the Middle East. My father and grandmother moved back to Europe so that my father could finish his Hungarian education. He then went to Vienna and studied commerce at the Oriental Academy. When World War I began, my father was sent to the front. My father was a many-times decorated officer. After World War I, my father lived in Berlin, where he worked at Shell Oil. When he moved back to Hungary, he was the representative of Shell's Hungarian office. After the anti-Jewish laws were enacted, he started his own company, which bought oil from Shell and distributed it. My mother, Erzsebet Illes, was born in Budapest in 1899. She drew beautifully and was accepted into the Academy of Applied Arts, but then she met my father while still very young, married, and left the Academy. My parents later divorced.

Interview details

Interviewee: Eva Bato
Interviewer:
Dora Sardi, Eszter Andor
Month of interview:
February
Year of interview:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Erzsebet Bato
Year of birth:
1899
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1969
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Director of Jewish charity
after WW II:
Employee in Jewish organizations
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Illes
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Tibor Bato
Year of birth:
1896
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1944
Occupation
before WW II:
Director, Hungarian office, Shell Oil Co.

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