Ervin Fenyes and Erzsebet Barsony

Ervin Fenyes and Erzsebet Barsony
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1943
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
My son Ervin Fenyes and I are in this picture. It was taken in Budapest around 1943. My son Ervin was born on 25th July 1929. Of course it wasn't the best time for it, but children come the quickest, and if I hadn't so ignorant? My child was nine months old when I opened the shop. My stepmother didn't help; she never came, not even once, to look after my son. I had to keep an employee to have someone take care of my child if I wasn't at home. I employed a young one, who I thought would take care of my child and do the housework. Later, when I was already doing better, I employed a German woman, too. In July 1944 they deported my son and me in cattle cars, and there was an incredible crowd. We traveled for three days, day and night, in awful conditions. We could hardly sit. My child was about 192 centimeters tall, and the poor thing had to be folded as a folding ruler. He always wanted to look out the lattice window. I told him, 'My son, sit down, because that way you take up less room.' After three days, on 12th July we arrived in Birkenau. We were set down; everyone took his belongings, and tried to protect themselves against the heat. The first thing they did was separate me from my child, they told everyone in which group to stand. There was such confusion in my head I couldn't even comprehend it. I was standing there with my emotions numbed. Then my son turned up, hugged and kissed me and told me in tears, 'Mom, you'll see, we'll meet again, you'll see, we'll meet again!' He could think more clearly than I could. I was just trembling, I feared that they would catch him and strike him dead in front of me, because he had left his row. I just kept telling him, 'Go back my son, go back. So that nothing will happen.' And poor him tried to comfort me. This was a horror. I never saw my 15-year-old son again. My son, who had been playing the violin for nine years, and was going to the conservatory, and whose teachers had great hopes for him! He wanted to be an artist, a violinist. Nothing has become of him.

Interview details

Interviewee: Jozsefne Erzsebet Barsony
Interviewer:
Klara Lazok and Viktoria Kutasi
Month of interview:
November - May
Year of interview:
2004 - 2005
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Ervin Fenyes
Year of birth:
1929
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1944
City of death:
Auschwitz
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Auschwitz

Other Person

Jozsefne Erzsebet Barsony
Year of birth:
1909
Decade of birth:
1900
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
2004
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Milliner
after WW II:
Worker, manager at a knitwear factory
  • Previous family name: 
    Bauer
    Year of changing: 
    1928
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1920
  • Previous family name: 
    Fenyes
    Year of changing: 
    1947
    Reason for changing: 
    Remarriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1940

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