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Wedding photo of Ferenc Deutsch and his second wife Sarolta Goldstein

This is my wedding photo with my second wife.

I met her on St. Nicholas’s Day at a dance party. First I thought that she was a Gypsy girl. Later I asked her what kind of church she went to.

This was the basis of our friendship. She told me that she had no denomination, but she was a Jew and had been deported. Her name was Sarolta Holstein. She had been born in Esztergom.

Her parents had divorced, and her aunt and grandmother had taken her in and raised her. She was learning to be a hairdresser.

Ferenc Deutsch at a reception at the Israeli Embassy

This is a reception at the Israeli embassy, which I organized. I am in the middle of the photo and the lady next to me is my second wife Sarolta.

The Director at the Csemege Company, a Socialist food store chain, was a very good friend of mine.We had trudged through the mud together during the forced labour period.

He asked me how much my wages were. I told him and he said that he would give me double that if I went to work for him.

I moved to the Csemege Company in 1953 as a group leader, where I had to supervise all the shops in Budapest.

Ferenc Deutsch after coming home from forced labor

This is me shortly after coming home from deportation.

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.

Reception organized by Ferenc Deutsch

This photo was taken in the Rozsa Ferenc cultural house where a folk dance group was invited. My job was to organize the dinner for them.

The Director at the Csemege Company, a Socialist food store chain, was a very good friend of mine.We had trudged through the mud together during the forced labour period.

He asked me how much my wages were. I told him and he said that he would give me double that if I went to work for him.

I moved to the Csemege Company in 1953 as a group leader, where I had to supervise all the shops in Budapest.

Ferenc Deutsch's siblings

Me and my siblings. In the back is me, on the left is Juliska, next to her the boy is Pista, in the front sits Bela, next to him is Ferike, our cousin and then Klari. The older man in the back is a neighbor.

We were educated to love the Jewish religion. My father was less religious as he was a hard physical labourer, but he kept the Sabbath.

Our mother, however, was very religious: she did everything to ensure that her children felt Jewish. All the children were taught to read Hebrew and all had to have their Bar Mitzvah.

Ferenc Deutsch´s second wife Sarolta Deutsch at work

I met my second wife on St. Nicholas’s Day at a dance party.

First I thought that she was a Gypsy girl. Later I asked her what kind of church she went to. This was the basis of our friendship.

She told me that she had no denomination, but she was a Jew and had been deported.

Her name was Sarolta Holstein. She had been born in Esztergom. Her parents had divorced, and her aunt and grandmother had taken her in and raised her. She was learning to be a hairdresser.

Ferenc Deutsch, his father Vilmos Deutsch, sisters Juliska and Jolan Deutsch, and sister-in-law Helen

Some members of the family.

From left to right: Helen, my mother`s sister-in-law; Juliska and Jolan, my sisters; me in the back; and my father in the front.

My elder sister, Jolan, was nineteen when our mother died.She took over the seven children and raised us.

Jolan married in 1934. They were married under the chupah, but not in the synagogue. My sister insisted that she wanted her wedding in the open air.

She also insisted that my brother-in-law wear kitl (traditional white robe worn by men for holiest days of the year).

Ferenc Deutsch's family in Putnok

My family in Putnok.

In the back row from left to right are: Helen, my mother`s sister-in-law, with her son Ferike; Juliska, my sister; myself; Jolan, my eldest sister; and her husband Zoli Grunwald.

In the front row from left to right are: my brother Pista; my father with Rozsi, my mother`s brother Bela`s daughter; and Klari, my sister.

I was six when we moved to Putnok. There were roughly 380 Jewish families there. We Jews lived in one area, but there was a strong hierarchy between us.

Iren Klein, Ferenc Deutsch's first wife

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.

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