Photo taken in:BudapestYear when photo was taken:1945Country name at time of photo:HungaryCountry name today:Hungary
This is my temporary ID card, which was issued by the Mayor's Office in Kispest in 1945 when I returned from the war. After getting back home everyone had to report to where they had been deported from. I was the only one from my family who returned from the war, nobody else did. The fact that my sister survived is a miracle, because many of those who remained at home perished too, because there was bombing and the siege and things like that. My sister didn't feel the danger she was in. She was just waiting for us to come home. I got home with nothing but the clothes on me. Strangers lived in my house, and they received me with such hostility, as if I were I don't know what. My sin was that the house was mine. Five families lived in my house, and the occupants of the house were bossing everyone about like the communists. I wasn't even able to put in a word. I couldn't go to stay there. My sister told me to stay with them, of course. But as a matter of fact I was in an awful state then. I lost my confidence. It is very difficult to remember this, because this is an awful period of my life, I couldn't get over all that had happened; it wasn't possible in a short time. My only desire was to die, because I thought that I couldn't survive this. My sister could hardly raise my spirit.