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Blanka Gallo’s daughter Judit Borbas with her two children

This is my daughter with her children Gabor and Andrea at home. The photo was made in 1976. Andrea was born in 1973 and Gabor a few years later.

My daughter met her husband at high school. And they went out and when they graduated they announced that they would get married but only when both of them had degrees.

And they stuck to it. And then I said to my daughter that it was very painful for us, for your father too (that her husband wasn't Jewish), but we will never make an issue of it. And so it was.

Blanka Gallo with her husband Imre Gallo and their granddaughter Andrea Borbas

This is me, my husband and our granddaughter Andrea in our house in Budakeszi around 1975.

Andrea was born in 1973. She spent a lot of time with me when she was little. After finishing secondary school, she went to university and graduated from the Department of English and the Department of Hungarian Language and Literature.

Now she is doing her PhD and she is working in the archive of the Literary Museum. She got married this year.

Blanka Gallo with her granddaughter and son-in-law

Me, my son-in-law and my granddaughter in 1974.

My daughter met her husband at high school. And they went out and when they graduated they announced that they would get married but only when both of them had degrees.

And they stuck to it. And then I said to my daughter that it was very painful for us, for your father too (that her husband wasn't Jewish), but we will never make an issue of it. And so it was. She graduated with a Hungarian-English degree.

The wedding photo of Blanka Gallo’s sister Gitta Leimseder

This is the wedding photo of my sister Gitta Leimseder.

The wedding was in our house in Nyiregyhaza and the photo was made there, sometime in the 1930s.

Gitta was the eldest (child) She was born around 1910-11 in Nyiregyhaza. Both Gitta and Margit, my other sister, were often in dad's office, doing bookkeeping - my father was a tropical fruit dealer.

Gitta got married and lived in Derecske, then in Hajduszoboszlo and finally in Papa. (Her home) was completely kosher. She even wore a wig. She had three children.

Blanka Gallo’s sister Margit Frankel

My sister Margit in the 1930s. The photo was made in the photo studio of Hunyady and Malachovsky in Nyiregyhaza.

Margit was born in 1914. She got married to Erno Frankel from Kassa (today Kosice, in Slovakia). He had a paint store in Slovakia, after he went back to Kassa - as that was on Hungarian territory -, he traveled.

(Margit’s home) was completely kosher. She did not have (a wig) but at home, in our parents' house she wore a scarf.

Maria Leimseder, Blanka Gallo’s mother

My mother Maria Leimseder. The photo was taken in Nyiregyhaza in the 1930s.

My parents were Orthodox. They obeyed every Jewish law to the letter. My mother had a wig - and she wore it at home too.

At night she tied her hair up (in a scarf). (In my girlhood) I accompanied my mother to the mikvah. I believe they went to mikvah two weeks after menstruation and until then, not only could you not make love, but were not really allowed to touch. (My parents) had two separate beds and there was a bedside table in between.

The wedding of Margit Leimseder, Blanka Gallo’s sister

This is the wedding of my sister Margit Leimseder and Erno Frankel.

The second person on my sister’s left is our mother Maria Leimseder. One of my brothers, Hugo, is standing at the very back with a hat on his head. The wedding was in Miskolc in 1940.

Margit was born in 1914. Her husband Erno was from Kassa (today Kosice, in Slovakia). He had a paint store in Slovakia, after he went back to Kassa - as that was on Hungarian territory -, he traveled.

Blanka Gallo’s father, Jakab Leimseder

My father Jakab Leimseder. The photo was taken in Nyiregyhaza in the 1930s.

My father was a tropical fruit dealer in Nyiregyhaza. Until the outbreak of the war in 1939 my father brought the fruit from Italy. There (were) oranges, mandarins, chestnuts, dates, grapes, figs.

It was a big business. The shop was totally separate and had a big warehouse. Since my father sold to retailers. My father was the only tropical fruit dealer beyond the river Tisza.

The brother of Imre Gallo, Blanka Gallo’s husband

This is my husband’s brother Frigyes Groszman.

My husband’s father had a textile business. When it went bankrupt he started to travel and he took it over from his father, when he got ill and later died.

His father died around 1940 and he still has a gravestone in Nyiregyhaza. He provided for his mother because my brother-in-law Frigyes was an articled clerk and had married earlier.

His mother had not, but his father had come from a very religious family, but they were not as religious as we were. My mother-in-law did not wear a wig.

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