Ferenc Sandor's father, Vilmos Sandor

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  • Photo taken in:
    Békéscsaba
    Year when photo was taken:
    1913
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Horvath Viktor, Bekescsaba
My father. He was called Vilmos Sandor. He had magyarized his name from Spielman before he married. In World War One, he was called up from Veszto to the Russian front. Then he returned and spent some time at home, and had the chance to see me as a baby of a few weeks old. I have no memories of him whatsoever. There is only one thing I know. When he came home from the front he said that one was not allowed to laugh any more. I have seen the postcard he sent home to my mother. On it was written: ?Don?t cry, darling. The country must be saved from the enemy.? The poor fellow, he could not have suspected that during a 1944 death march, my war-widow mother would helplessly fall victim to this same country he was trying to save from the enemy.

Interview details

Interviewee: Ferenc Sandor
Interviewer:
Dora Sardi, Eszter Andor
Month of interview:
April
Year of interview:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Vilmos Sandor
Year of birth:
1885
City of birth:
Veszto
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1915
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Office clerk
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Spielman
    Reason for changing: 
    Assimilation

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