Erzsebet Bato at orphanage

Erzsebet Bato at orphanage
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1945
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
This is my mother in the orphanage. The photo was taken at the distribution of letters to the girls in the orphanage. Between 1945 and 1950, my mother opened an orphanage instead of reopening the home for the elderly. There were masses of Jewish orphans. Those girls all learned a trade. Those who were still school age went to school, those who were too young went to kindergarten, there were sewing courses, language courses. Those children were looked after properly. Each of their stories was a unique tragedy. My mother tried to help each of them. In 1950, the wave of nationalization reached the villa. When the Jewish orphanage was kicked out of the building, it got another site. And my mother arranged everything there, started all over again. The whole group of them, including Mother, moved there.

Interview details

Interviewee: Eva Bato
Interviewer:
Dora Sardi, Eszter Andor
Month of interview:
February
Year of interview:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Erzsebet Bato
Year of birth:
1899
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1969
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Director of Jewish charity
after WW II:
Employee in Jewish organizations
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Illes
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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