Gyongyi Krausz’s postcard

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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1944
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary

This is the postcard from my aunt Gyongyi Pollak [addressed to Imre Kinszki], Akacfa Street 50. She sent it when they were deported. She knew that we would be taken there, to the ghetto, and she knew this address. Tatabanya, that's where she must have thrown it into the post, I suppose.

And here is the amazing text: "My dear, good little brothers and sisters, After lots of trouble they took us to the Jozsefvaros train station and they are now taking us to Hegyeshalom. As soon as I know more, I will write a more detailed letter. They say that God will take care of us, just please, be strong, and most important of all: take care of your health. Resign yourselves to the situation, it will get better. At Klauzal Square I gave the blue beach-bag to a woman, she will give it to you as soon as possible. I sent Joska's stuff on with another woman, but she brought it back because they didn't let her in. Now we must be strong. Kisses to the children; Be good. I will bring you something from Germany. We are sixty-five together (she didn't write that in the wagon) there is a lot of noise and I can't write. Millions of kisses, Gyongyi. 3rd of October, Sunday." 

Gyongyi [was my father´s sister], one of a pair of twins, but her twin sister died at birth. She was a lamp-shade maker. Her husband was Zsigmond Krausz; he also died [during the Holocaust], but Gyongyi came back, and she got married again, and died of cancer very quickly. Maybe it was because they had done experiments on her in Germany, because she was a twin. 

 

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Gyöngyi Krausz
Year of birth:
1906
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
lamp-shade maker
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Grünberger Gyöngyi
    Year of changing: 
    1909
    Reason for changing: 
    Assimilation
  • Previous family name: 
    Gárdonyi Göngyi
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1930
  • Previous family name: 
    Krausz Zsigmondné
    Reason for changing: 
    Remarriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1940

Other Person

Alfrédné Spatz
Year of birth:
1902
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1945
City of death:
Ravensbrück
Country of death:
Germany
Died where:
Ravensbrück
Occupation
before WW II:
Functionary
  • Previous family name: 
    Grünberger Erzsébet
    Year of changing: 
    1909
    Reason for changing: 
    Assimilation
  • Previous family name: 
    Gárdonyi Erzsébet
    Year of changing: 
    1935
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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