Ferenc Pap's grandfather Iles Kohn

Ferenc Pap's grandfather Iles Kohn
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Hungary
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Mai es Tarsa
Illes Pap is in the photo. [He magyarized his name from Kohn in the 1910s.] He was my grandfather on my father's side, he wasn't religious at all. He needed no father, no religion, nothing. As a teenager he was sick and tired of the environment at home [in Dunafoldvar, later in Bekescsaba] and he went to Budapest, and from that time on actually, he was completely non-religious. He graduated from high school there, and then he also finished university in Budapest. He attended the Hungarian-German major, but he studied something at the Faculty of Philosophy too. The family believes that he gained two doctorates: one in linguistics and one in philosophy. Later he was a teacher of linguistics and literature, until the end. As a student in Budapest, he became a member of a literary group, which was called the Kisfaludy Company at that time. He dealt with the works of Arany Janos [one of the most famous romantic poets in Hungarian literature], and with Lessing from German literature. He wrote a book [his literary studies were published]. Besides this there was an old series, sort of like 'Everyman's Library', which was probably much cheaper, and my grandfather's book about Ferenc Rakoczi [Prince of Transylvania, leader of the insurrection in 1703-1711] was published as part of this series. This picture was taken at the turn of the century in Budapest. I could not say whether at that time, he was still a student there, or a young teacher in Kassa and [he had his photograph taken] on the occasion of a visit to Budapest. He was born in 1875, so he was 25 years old in 1900.

Interview details

Interviewee: Ferenc Pap
Interviewer:
Molnár Ildikó
Month of interview:
Január
Year of interview:
2002
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

KEY PERSON

Illes Pap
Year of birth:
1875
City of birth:
Dunafoldvar
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1942
City of death:
Temesvar
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Hungarian-German teacher
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Kohn
    Reason for changing: 
    Assimilation
    Decade of changing: 
    1910

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