Engagement photo of Gyula and Margit Preisz

Engagement photo of  Gyula and Margit Preisz
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  • Photo taken in:
    Gyoma
    Year when photo was taken:
    1919
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
This is my parents? engagement photo. The photo was taken in Gyoma in 1919. My parents met in Nagykata; they had some distant relative in common who invited my mother to Nagykata for some feast or ball, and they met there. They got married in 1921, and I was born in 1922. At that time, after World War I, the housing conditions were bad and they managed to get a one-bedroom apartment in Tisza Street in Budapest. In 1931 they managed to get a comfortable two-bedroom apartment in Visegrad Street. My mother lived there until the time of the yellow star houses. My father died there, I went into forced labor service from there. My mother didn't work because, back then, my father maintained us easily with his bookkeeper's salary. In the Horthy era the husband could earn enough money so that his wife wouldn't have to go work; they wouldn't have let her work anyway because people would speak badly of a man who couldn't maintain his wife and children. In middle-class families women stayed at home. I don't know what my mother did, besides going to the hairdresser, to the dressmaker, and to her girlfriends. She went out for walks, went to drink coffee. I went with her many times. I still know where the dressmaker's was, where the milliner's was, where the hairdresser's was. My mother was an elegant woman and she was beautiful, too. I also had a fraulein [governess]; we could even afford that, too. I went for walks with her many times, and we talked in German.

Interview details

Interviewee: Gyorgy Preisz
Interviewer:
Sárdi Dóra
Month of interview:
Október
Year of interview:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Gyula Preisz
Year of birth:
1893
City of birth:
Toalmas
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1944
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper

Other Person

Margit Preisz
Year of birth:
1899
City of birth:
Gyoma
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
194445
City of death:
Bergen-Belsen
Country of death:
Germany
Died where:
Bergen-Belsen
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Blum
    Year of changing: 
    1921
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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