Camp postcard from Kassa

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  • Photo taken in:
    Kassa
    Year when photo was taken:
    1915
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Slovakia

This is a camp postcard my father Fulop Riegelhaupt sent to one of his uncles, Hermann Fischmann to Vasarosszentgal, in Baranya county. The postcard indicates 23rd November 1923 and the postal code of the camp.

The postcard contains the following: 'Dear Uncle Hermann! Thank you for your kind lines and I'm glad you are all well' - 'I'm doing quite well myself, although fighting will start one of these days and you'll never know what the next moment brings, but I hope God will help me and will help me pull it through. I remain yours truly, kiss the family for me and thank you for your concern, but I have everything I need: Fulop.'

He probably wrote this postcard while on military duty in Kassa, and as far as I know he had no rank, nor any special education.

My father, Fulop Riegelhaupt, was born in 1887, near Olublo. My uncle Sandor related that an educator came to their home, I don't know whether one or more, but they learned to write, and in the meantime they also attended the elementary school in the village, but I don't know exactly how they finished school. Anyhow, both of them were very educated, even though they didn't had any higher education. I don't know in which language they studied then, most probably in German or Hungarian, but they had a beautiful writing. I wish the children of today could write as my father (I have one of his letters) or my uncle. My uncle was very cultured, he owned a big library later when he established in the Zsil valley, and he founded a family.

My grandmother's siblings, the Goldmans, built a lumber factory in Lonya, Lonea in Romanian. This is a coal mine settlement in the county of Hunyad. Lonya is near Petrozseny, a few kms away, then comes Petrilla [the distance between Petrozseny and Petrilla is 5kms]. These are all coal mine settlements in the Zsil valley. There was this lumber-mill and this is how my uncle Sandor ended up there at the age of 15 to learn timbering. I don't know exactly how their life went on, but it is a fact that they got to the Zsil valley [together with my father] when they were already adults, and it was still a Hungarian world then [Editor's note: Zsuzsa Diamantstein refers to the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy] and so they remained here, in Romania [Editor's note: that is Lonya got under Romanian authority after the Trianon Peace Treaty] My father was the manager of the lumber-mill and my uncle did the business part, he traveled, he was a timber merchant. The timber merchants had to bargain all the time, but this was only for a short period, because my father got sick and slowly the mill was closed down.

Interview details

Interviewee: Zsuzsa Diamantstein
Interviewer:
Julia Negrea, Vera Badic
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2004
Marosvasarhely , Romania

KEY PERSON

Fulop Riegelhaupt
Year of birth:
1887
City of birth:
Gnezda
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary pre 1918
Year of death:
1928
City of death:
Targu Mures
Country of death:
Romania (1920-1945)
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Manager

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