Alexander Bachnar's siblings Marcel, Vali, Dezider, Ela and Armin

This photograph shows my older siblings. From the left: the first is my brother Marcel, then my sister Vali (Valeria), in the middle is my oldest brother Dezider, then my sister Ela, and the first on the right is my brother Armin. This photo was taken at the Aladar Vermes studio in Topolcany, in the 1920s. All of my siblings, aside from me, had only a basic education and worked as tradespeople. My older siblings Dezider, Leo, Ela, Armin and Marcel attended Hungarian elementary school. Vali, I, Marta and the twins already attended Slovak elementary school. So at home we all spoke Slovak and Hungarian, but also German. Jewish families are usually multilingual.