Etel and Jozsef Schneller

Etel and Jozsef Schneller
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
This is my sister Etel, and her husband, Jozsef Schneller. The picture must have been taken in the 1930's in Budapest. My sister, Etel, did one year at a commercial college and it included a course on typing and shorthand; before that, she did four years of middle school. Before the war, she worked in an office, in a big joiner's workshop. She married Jozsef Schneller, not long after I got married, It must have been in 1934 or 1935. Her husband was a tailor and became Dad's partner. He was related to my step-mother somehow. In 1936, Agi was born, they only had that one child. During the war, Etel's husband was also taken to do forced labor. He died in Fertorakos. I was together with Etel during deportation. My sister Etel left [Hungary] on 5th January 1957. She fled across the border with her daughter and her boyfriend. My sister's boyfriend was married. Then he completely disappeared in Australia. Supposedly, he came back to Hungary. Originally, they wanted to go to America. They were in a refugee camp in Vienna. They had a letter of invitation to America already. Auntie Netka's elder daughter already lived there. The official invitation was from them, saying they would receive them. America closed the quota though, so they couldn't go. Then somebody in the camp drew their attention to the fact that a boat was preparing to leave for Australia, and they applied for it. She never worked in Sydney. Occasionally she sewed, but later she just managed the household. She always used to say that she loved Australia, because she never paid a penny in taxes, but she receives a pension anyway. She learnt English; they needed to speak English in order to obtain citizenship. She did speak English, but not very well. She had many English-speaking acquaintances and card-partners and she could arrange anything she had to in English. She had been reading English-language books for many years. I sent her Nok Lapja, and Fules, because she really liked to solve the crosswords, and I also sent books. Every year, I sent her at least two packages of books. I always wrote to her. Less frequently first of all, but from the 1960's, regularly. A letter would come from there and I 'd answer straight away. She has just died. This year [2003] in October, she would have turned 90. She was buried in a Jewish ceremony in Sydney.

Interview details

Interviewee: Piroska Hamos
Interviewer:
Eszter Andor, Dora Sardi
Month of interview:
April
Year of interview:
2004
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Etel Schneller
Jewish name:
Sore
Year of birth:
1913
City of birth:
Ovar
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
2003
City of death:
Sidney
Country of death:
Australia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Office clerk
after WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Schultz
    Year of changing: 
    193435
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Jozsef Schneller
Jewish name:
Gitl
Year of birth:
1908
City of birth:
Vanyarc
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
194445
City of death:
Fertorakos
Country of death:
Hungary
Died where:
Fertorakos
Occupation
before WW II:
Self-employed craftsman in non-elite crafts

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