In front of the Pava Street Holocaust Museum

In front of the Pava Street Holocaust Museum
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    2004
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
The picture was taken in front of the Pava Street Holocaust Museum in Budapest in 2004. From left to right: my brother, Peter Molnar, I, Michelle, one of Peter's daughters, my aunt Gabriella Koves, Peter's other daughter, Amber, Andrea and Szilvia Vizhanyo [Gabriella Koves's grandchildren], and their mother Judit Vizhanyo. My mother's youngest brother, Kalman Katz was born in 1910. Kalman magyarized his name to Koves sometime in the 1930s. Kalman was a furrier; he had a prospering shop on Kossuth Lajos Street. The shop is still there, now his daughter runs it. Kalman magyarized his name to Koves sometime in the 1930s. He was first drafted into forced labor in 1939, and they let him home at the end of 1940. Then in 1941 they drafted him again. In 1942 he was wounded at the Don Bend, the Hungarians left him there. The Russians saved his life; they took him to the hospital. They healed him, and then they took him to Siberia, from where he came home at the end of 1947. He continued the furrier trade. He opened a shop again. In 1950 he married Gabriella Schneitzer. Gabriella, her sister and mother spent the Holocaust partly in a Swiss protected house, partly in hiding, but her father died in Mauthausen. They had two children, Tamas Koves and Judit Koves. Tamas has a daughter, who is called Sandra, and Judit has two daughters, Andrea and Szilvi. They live here in Hungary. At the time when our parents were in prison my brother Peter lived at the Koves'. Uncle Kalman was his father in place of his father, and Aunt Gabi his mother in place of his mother. This is why the real close, family relationship remained with them until this day.

Interview details

Interviewee: Thomas Molnar
Interviewer:
Andor Mihály
Month of interview:
Április
Year of interview:
2005
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Thomas Molnar
Jewish name:
Tadres
Year of birth:
1931
City of birth:
Budapest
Occupation
after WW II:
Kereskedő, jogász
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Molnár Tamás
    Reason for changing: 
    Disszidálás

Other Person

Gabriella Koves
Year of birth:
1930
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Occupation
after WW II:
Clerk
  • Previous family name: 
    Schneitzer
    Year of changing: 
    1950
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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