This photo was taken in Kispest after the war, around 1946.
The dresses were made by my sister [Margit Toth, nee Bauer], I still have mine in my closet.
Margit’s husband Laszlo Toth is sitting in the middle, Margit is on his left, I am on his right. The dog sitting in my lap is Buksi, [my son] Pubi’s [Ervin Fenyes] dog, who lived for a while after the war.
This is the monument commemorating those of my family who didn’t return, it is in the cemetery on Kozma Street in Budapest. This photo was taken in the 1990s.
The names on the grave are:
Janka B. Schwarz
There isn't any moment of the day when I don't remember my family members, all those whom I had and who left me, especially my child, who would be 70 years old now, if he were alive, but his short life only lasted for 15 years.
This is [my son] Pubi [Ervin Fenyes], as a schoolboy; he was the prince in a play called ‘What Did Once a Prince Think to Himself.’ The picture was taken in Kispest, in 1937 or 1938.
My son Ervin was born on 25th July 1929. Of course it wasn't the best time for it, but children come the quickest, and if I hadn't so ignorant…
My child was nine months old when I opened the shop. My stepmother didn't help; she never came, not even once, to look after my son.
This is Janka Bauer [nee Schwartz], my stepmother. The picture was taken in Budapest before 1919.
My real mother, Ilona Kellermann, married at a very young age, at age 18.
My father's situation wasn't easy, because my mother had been taken ill with tuberculosis before I was born, and the doctors predicted her three months.
Sparing no money and time, my father left no stone unturned to prolong her life, and he succeeded for four years. She died in 1912.
Interviewers: Klara Lazok and Viktoria Kutasi
Date of interview: November 2004 - May 2005
Unfortunately, Erzsebet Barsony passed away before finalizing the interview; therefore the last specifications were made with the help of her niece, Erzsebet Sandor.
In the text her additions appear in italics in round brackets. The introduction about Erzsebet Barsony and her surroundings is also her work. Hereby we would like to thank her for her kind help.
This is my first wife, Iren Klein.
In 1941 I got acquainted with a very cute little Jewish girl who was seventeen then. Her name was Irenke Klein and she was an only child.
Her father sold pots at the Ujpest market. Her mother was very observant, her father less so. Their house kept kashruth.
My wife was deported, but she never had chazer (pork) in her mouth. Our wedding was in 1941 in Ujpest, in the synagogue on Beniczky street.
This is the only picture from before the war that I had on me when I was deported, so I gave it to be used on the deportation ID.
I was taken to Sachsenhausen with the last transport in October 1944. In Sachsenhausen there was an international demonstration lager (camp) under the guidance of the Red Cross.
There we were together with POWs. They were not taken for work as we were. We were together in the barracks and they got a monthly parcel from the International Red Cross.
This is my deportation certificate.
I was taken to Sachsenhausen with the last transport in October 1944. In Sachsenhausen there was an international demonstration lager (camp) under the guidance of the Red Cross. There we were together with POWs.
They were not taken for work as we were. We were together in the barracks and they got a monthly parcel from the International Red Cross. They shared the contents of the parcels among the ten people in the barracks.
This is my wedding with my fourth wife, Edit Czitrom.
We had a civil marriage here and a Jewish marriage in America to which I invited 50 friends of mine.
My third wife died in 1990. I stayed alone after that for six years, I was not thinking of a fourth. But I came home and met my current wife, Edit Czitrom.
She was born in Budapest and is a teacher. Her mother was 91 when she died and Edit was with her mother until the age of 58.