Ferenc Pap's parents Vera and Laszlo Pap

Ferenc Pap's parents Vera and Laszlo Pap
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  • Photo taken in:
    Bucharest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1930
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania
My mother and father are in this photo. On the backof it there is written: 'But here I put quite a friendly face on, didn't I?' this is my father's handwriting, but the date [May 1930] and place is in my mother's writing. It was probably something between them that my father didn't put on a very friendly face in I don't-know-what circumstances. He probably wrote this for that reason. My mother was born in 1909 [in Temesvar]. I think she was a few months old when her father died. My grandmother and my mother lived in fact in Budapest after that, until the middle of the '20s. In Budapest my grandmother worked in a factory. In the meantime my mother learned [choreography] at a well-known ballerina's school, Olga Szentpal's school, and from there she went to Wurzburg, Germany, where she graduated. They went back to Temesvar only after that. I think that in the first few years my mother opened a [dance-] school in Lugos and then in Temesvar. Somehow or other, at the end of the 1920s my mother met my father, and they got married in 1930. They only had a civil wedding [they were not married by a Rabbi]. At that time my father was transferred from his post in Temesvar, as official, to Bucharest, and they lived there for a while. There is nothing unusual in their dress; one can't see the quality of the clothes here. My father was an official in Bucharest too, at a publicity bureau, the Bucharest branch office of a German company. I could not say whether my mother worked in this period or not. I think that after that, when they went to Kolozsvar, she opened a dance-school.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Vera Pap
Year of birth:
1909
City of birth:
Temesvar
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1973
City of death:
Cluj Napoca
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
teacher of dance
after WW II:
teacher of ballet
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Klein
    Year of changing: 
    1930
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Laszlo Pap
Year of birth:
1906
City of birth:
Kassa
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1989
City of death:
Cluj Napoca
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
civil servant
after WW II:
civil servant

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