Photo taken in:Szaszregen (Reghin)Year when photo was taken:1917Country name at time of photo:Austria-Hungary, pre 1918Country name today:Romania
This is my brother-in-law, Laci Deutsch. You can see that the photo was taken in a studio because photographers used to put a chair or something the subject would sit on or stand beside.
Children wore shorts back then. They only got their first pair of pants when they were eleven or twelve years old. Children wore these lace boots. It was thought they hold the ankles very firmly so it was better for children to wear these kind of shoes. I think Laci is around six or seven on this picture.
The Deutsch family lived both in Szaszregen and in Marosvasarhely. They were wealthy; they owned a textile store in Szaszregen and they also had a store here in Marosvasarhely. Laci was born in 1910 and Gyula, my husband, in 1918. Laci and Gyula were good brothers, but they didn't have a very strong relationship because Laci was eight years older, and he always made Gyula feel it. Laci became self-supporting earlier. He also attended school in Marosvasarhely, what is now Unirea high school. At that time it was the Catholic Boys' high school, and I think he graduated from there in 1928. Then he went to a textile engineering school in Germany. He spent two or three years there, and after he graduated from that school, he returned home.
Gyula began studying to take his doctorate, and I think he had only one or two exams left, but then he was taken to forced labor, along with his brother Laci, in 1942. They first went to Maramarossziget, then to Hungary. They also worked in Nagybanya, Szentkiralyszabadja [in Hungary], in Poland and Subcarpathia. They were together all the time, and they were liberated together. I think they came home already at the end of 1944, and luckily they pulled through the rest of it.
By the time I met Laci in the 1950s he was working in Segesvar, then he was transferred to Szeben. He got married in 1952, at the age of 42, although he was beginning to look like an inveterate bachelor. He was very selective, but eventually he got acquainted with his future wife, a Jewish lady originally from Balazsfalva, Boske Stark. Their son Gyorgy was born in Segesvar in 1953. In 1963 they emigrated to Israel. They ended up in Migdal Haemek. He worked in a textile factory there, and had to take the bus to go to work. Laci died in 1995, but his wife and son are still living in the same small town.