Gabor and Imre Kinszki

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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1930
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary

This is my father with my brother on the balcony of our apartment in Zuglo.

My brother Gabor was like my tutor.  He taught me everything.  With him I learned to skate, to ski, to swim. He threw me in the middle of the pool, I floundered out, he threw me back in again, and then in time, I learned to swim. The same thing happened with skating. He brought me to the middle, left me there, I cried, stayed there for a while, toddled out, and he brought me back. An hour later I was skating happily. Those were hard winters. Here at the corner of Columbus Street was a skating area. I’m sure he would have liked to go off with his friends more, but my mother used to always call after him, ‘go and take your sister with you.’  I loved this.  I’m not sure he did.  

As I got older, I could not go to any school any longer.  So Gabor became my teacher.  He told me not to worry.  He got out his textbooks and we started to study, just as if I had been in school. I received my entire early education from him, and after the war, when I entered a regular school, it was clear how much he had taught me.

Gabor was taken to Buchenwald at the age of 16.  They tied him up and turned a hose on him, just to watch him freeze into ice.

 

Interview details

Interviewee: Judit Kinszki
Interviewer:
Sárdi Dóra
Month of interview:
September
Year of interview:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Imre Kinszki
Year of birth:
1901
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1945
City of death:
Sachsenhausen, death march
Country of death:
Austria (German Empire)
Died where:
Sachsenhausen
Occupation
before WW II:
Clerk, amateur photographer

Other Person

Gábor Kinszki
Year of birth:
1926
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1944
City of death:
Buchenwald
Country of death:
Germany

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