Leonora Acs as a young girl with her siblings

Leonora Acs as a young girl with her siblings
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Hungary
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    M. Bayer - photographer, Budapest, Hermina ut 58.
Visit Portrait - french style. I kind of Gregorics tavern and Mariaremete. It appears this photographer had more than one place. My mother is in this one, Leonora Acs nee Sebestyen and her siblings. My mother had three siblings. Erno is in the middle, to his right is Lili. On the left side of the picture is my mother. And the smallest child is Lajos, who took off his hat. We could probably be in the 1910s here. My maternal grandparents had four children, none of them are still living. Though my grandmother had her teacher accreditation, she didn't work. Women traditionally took care of the raising of children then. In the 1920s, it was not an easy thing to raise four children from one income. My uncle, Erno Sebestyen was the oldest. He worked a bit as a lawyer and was able to live through the war with false documents, working in a factory. There was a pretty big age difference between Erno and their next child, Lilike who was born in 1901. She died young around 1930. The family never got over her death. It was a tragedy for us, she got blood poisoning and they couldn't cure her. Then came my mother, Leonora Sebestyen, born in 1904 and probably died in Ravensbruck. My mother spoke very eloquently and attended the acting school for a while. But nothing came of that, most likely, due to financial reasons, she had to quit. She became a housewife and lived at home. My grandparents? youngest child, Lajos Sebestyen, was born in 1908. Both the boys, Erno and Lajos were trained as lawyers, and for my grandfather to afford that expense, his two daughters had to find husbands from wealthy families. That was the cost of educating the boys. The girls succeeded. Note well, that the boys couldn't really practice because, by the time they were qualified, the Jewish laws came in. The older brother, my uncle Erno Sebestyen, probably lawyered a little bit, but Lajos never did. Lajos got married in the early1940s, to Magda Wollak. They had an tropical fruit grocery on Erkel street. Lajos died in a labor camp in the Ukraine. The last we heard from him was in 1943. I still have the letter, in which he wrote that in a few days, they?re taking him with the 41st or 42nd battalion, and to try to help him, but we didn't succeed. The Arrow Cross shot Magda into the Danube.

Interview details

Interviewee: Mariann Szamosi
Interviewer:
Klara Laszlo
Month of interview:
February
Year of interview:
2004
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Lajos Sebestyen
Year of birth:
1908
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1944
Country of death:
Russia
Died where:
USSR
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant

Other Person

Leonora Acs
Year of birth:
1904
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1945
City of death:
Ravensbruck
Country of death:
Germany
Died where:
Ravensbruck
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Sebestyen
    Year of changing: 
    1926
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
  • Previous family name: 
    Rosenfeld
    Year of changing: 
    1938
    Reason for changing: 
    Assimilation

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