This is my certificate, from when I graduated from university in 1955 in Budapest. In effect, this is my diploma.
This is my employment book, issued in 1950 in Budapest.
This is proof of magyarization of my name. You can see here that in 1948, I changed my family name from Gunst to Galla. The document was issued in Budapest.
This is my high school diploma from 1934, issued in Szentes.
This is the last postcard my father, Sandor Gunst, sent to my mother, after he was taken away from Szentes. A Szentes resident of the Israelite faith, he was taken into custody in spring of 1944. My father had to be arrested and deported before the construction of the ghetto because he was the president of the religious community at the time. This happened directly after 19th March 1944, when the Germans occupied Hungary.
This is a very interesting and sad document: a copy of the prison register of Szentes. It says why my father, Sandor Gunst, Szentes resident of the Israelite faith, was taken into custody in spring of 1944. This paper is a complete fabrication for the sake of the authorities, as well as creating a record of why they were taking people away; at least they paid attention to that. So my father had to be arrested and deported before the construction of the ghetto because he was the president of the religious community at the time.
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.