Gyula Foldes and Eva Redei

This is a picture of me and Eva Redei, my second wife, on the Adriatic coast. I think the photo was taken in 1986 when we had been married for two years. We loved going on holiday there because there was a hospital nurse with whom I had worked in the Szabolcs Street hospital for a long time and she got married to a man from there. She has a house where she rents out rooms to vacationers. We used to go on holiday every year, most of the time we went abroad - we could already afford it at that time and we also needed to relax a little. Our son, David, came with us at times at other times it was just the two of us who went. He was there with us on this holiday but he is not on the photo as he was taking it. I married Eva Redei in 1984. This was also a great love. Eva was born in 1947, she has been a bookseller since she was 18. She was already working on Pozsony Road in 1988-89 where she has a shop today, and they sold the Lang Publishers' books. The owner of the publishing company always went into the shop, to Eva, whom he only knew by sight, to ask how his books were selling. And one day Eva said to him, 'Listen here, buy me, along with the bookshop, and then everything will be easier'. The next day he came back and said, 'You had a very good idea, I will think about it and then do it.' That way Teka Company was born; it included the Lang Publishers, the Book Distributor Company as a state company, Eva, and two other employees, who got less money. It opened on 1st September 1989, and this was the first private business which included a state company as well. Since then they bought a part of the Book Distributor Company, and today Eva is a major shareholder in the store. I got to know Eva because she worked in the bookshop, and in those days I got quite a lot of books in lieu of tips, and I had two of the same, so I went to Eva to exchange them. Then when she got together with Gabor Deak, her first husband, and her tummy started to expand, she said - as she knew I was the pediatrician for everybody here - that I should be theirs, too. Her son, David, was born in 1976, and I went to their place so long until Eva divorced Gabor. It was a fairly disastrous marriage, and I can say I was sacrificed to my profession as David grew up with me in the end, with both of us. He was eight when we got married.

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