Bonds lottery win of Peter Reisz's aunt, Ilona Breiner

Bonds lottery win of Peter Reisz's aunt, Ilona Breiner
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
This is my maternal aunt, Ilona Breiner, my grandmother, Regina Breiner, and me, in a photo taken in Budapest in the 1950s. Ilona is showing Grandma that she won a prize in the bonds lottery. She won 100,000 forints -- this was a lot of money at the time -- and I remember that she gave 15,000 forints to the children of Korea and distributed the rest among the family. We also got some of the money, and bought some furniture with it. My maternal grandfather had a sister named Julia who never married, and who lived alone in her flat. When she grew elderly and ill, my Aunt Ilona moved in with her. When Julia died, my Aunt Ilona moved back in with her mother, Grandma, and we got Julia's flat. Before the war, Ilona worked as a seamstress in the Goldberger Textile Factory, and after the war she became an administrator in the state-owned Company for River Control. She had no family because her fiancé died in WWII.

Interview details

Interviewee: Peter Reisz
Interviewer:
Dora Sardi, Eszter Andor
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Ilona Breiner
Year of birth:
1908
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1973
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Self-employed craftsman in non-elite crafts
after WW II:
Office clerk

Other Person

Regina Breiner
Year of birth:
1879
City of birth:
Mocsonok
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1970
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Reis
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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