Ferenc Sandor's great-aunt Julia Fogel

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This is my grandmother´s youngest sister, Beno Fogel's youngest child. Fourteen children were born to him and his wife, and nine lived to adulthood. Of the nine, three were boys, Jeno, Andor and a third one, whose name I don?t know. Uncle Jeno magyarized his name to Fodor. Another one was some kind of backward creature, yet an absolute genius at fixing things. He lived in Megyesegyhaza, County Bekes. He had a motor scooter, which was a very big deal at that time, and he held movie shows. Then there was Andor Fogel, who magyarized his name to Andras Vago. My great-grandparents? eldest child was Etelka, who later became a schoolteacher. She ended up in a mental ward. She must have been quite a funny lady. I?ve got only the faintest memories of her, maybe not even real memories, just from some photo. Then there was Rozsi. She lived in Mako with a husband who was a porter. He once wrote in a letter, ?I live in beautiful harmonium here with my dear wife.? Then came Irma. Irma lived in Megyesegyhaza with her husband, whose name was Guttman. They owned a store too. Later they had a tavern next to Great-grandmother Celi and Great-grandfather Beno?s. Their daughter Terez was an extremely beautiful young lady. I was completely infatuated with her. Then there was Mariska. Both of her sons suffered from hemophilia, and both of them died later, I think during displacement. Julia, or Juliska, the youngest one, was so much younger than my grandmother that Grandmother used to nurse her and change her diapers when she was a baby.

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Interviewee: Ferenc Sandor
Dora Sardi, Eszter Andor
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Budapest, Hungary


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