The sisters Lina, Giza and Jeta

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These are the sisters of my mother-in-law. The one standing on the left is Aunty Jeta. The one on the right, I think, is Giza, and the middle one is Lina. The little boy on the left is my husband. I think this is Lake Balaton, and my husband must be about seven or eight years old in this, so this picture must have been taken sometime in the 1900's. My mother-in-law supposedly had twelve sisters and one brother, who was the youngest one and who died at a very early age, of tuberculosis Their family name was Kohn. They lived in Budapest. Originally, the family was not from Budapest, because if I remember correctly from the documents, my mother-in-law was born in Nagypeszek, but they had been living in Budapest for a long time; all the sisters I knew, or I heard about, who didn't die earlier, all lived in Budapest. Aunty Jeta didn't have any children. She was married, but she became a widow very early, and in 1929 she didn't have a husband any more. One of her brothers, who died at an early age, married the youngest sister of my mother, Aunty Linka, and Aunty Jeta lived with them in Buda. She didn't work. She lived at her sister-in-law's place , she took care of Aunty Linka's daughter, and spoiled her, she didn't raise her very well. Aunty Lina became the wife of uncle Naci, my mom's eldest brother. He worked as a chief accountant for Nepszava, or something like that. He was a socialist. He had three sons. His middle son died of blood poisoning in around 1935. His eldest son died in 1945 of typhus, supposedly due to the typhus injection, his youngest son, Pali still lives in Australia, he is 94 years old. Uncle Naci died before the war. Aunty Lina must have been in the ghetto. But I don't know, because, at the time of the ghetto, I wasn't at home. Giza had two or three sons. They were all deported. They used to live somewhere in Erzsebet, or somewhere like that. Neither of them came back from deportation. I think Aunty Lina and Aunty Jeta, were in the ghetto [during the war.]

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Piroska Hamos

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