Gerson and Antonia Oblath

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  • Photo taken in:
    Óvár
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Slovakia
These are my maternal grandparents, Gerson Oblath and Antonia Kohn . The picture was taken in Ovar, I think in the 1880s. Unfortunately, our Mother committed suicide, and she was not the only one in the family. Both my grandfather and my uncle on mother's side committed suicide as well. Others from the Oblath family committed suicide as well, but they were not such close relatives. My grandfather was Gerson Oblath; he also committed suicide sometime around the second half of the 1910's. He was born in 1850, but I don't know where. I don't know whether he was from Ovar, or if he arrived there from somewhere else. He worked in a pub in Ovar. I suppose, he had his own pub, but I am not sure. He was a bearded old man. His beard was not that long, if I remember correctly. I only remember meeting him on one occasion. I must have been about five or six years old, it was in Balassagyarmat, and he had probably come to visit us. He had come from Ovar, and was on the way to Dregelypalank. His oldest son was on holiday in Dregelypalank, and he went there to visit, but he never came back. He was pulled out of the Danube in Szod. I have no idea if he is buried in a Jewish cemetery. My grandmother's name was Antonia Kohn. I learned from documents, that she was born in Nagypeszek in 1856. As a child, I met her many times, because, after we moved to Budapest in 1920, we spent our Christmas, Easter and Summer Holidays in Balassagyarmat. Grandma used to live with my mother's twin sister. She lived with them until the end, first in Balassagyarmat, and later, when they moved to Budapest, then there, too. She was in Budapest during the war, but I don't know where. She must have been in the ghetto. She was old when she died- she was over 80, I know that. She had breathing problems, I remember; by that great age, she was lying down almost all the time. She is buried in the Jewish cemetery in Budapest.

Interview details

Interviewee: Piroska Hamos
Interviewer:
Eszter Andor, Dora Sardi
Month of interview:
April
Year of interview:
2004
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Gerson Oblath
Year of birth:
1850
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1910
City of death:
Szod
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant

Other Person

Antonia Oblath
Year of birth:
1856
City of birth:
Nagypeszek
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1950
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife

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