Heni Frischmann with her mother Magda

Heni Frischmann with her mother Magda
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  • Photo taken in:
    Sopron
    Year when photo was taken:
    1925
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
My mother and me. I was born in Sopron, a town close to the frontier. My father made a very good living there; he was a wheat wholesaler and he had a filling station as well. We used to live a very normal middle-class life. My mother, Maria Weinberger, came from a completely different family [from my father's which was Orthodox]. Everybody called her Mila. She was born in Zagreb in 1884. She graduated high school in Vienna, and I don't know where she learned it but I've never seen such housekeeping in my life. She cooked wonderfully, and kept everything very spick and span. I still remember that the bed sheets in the sleeping-room wardrobe were put in pink tissue paper. So, she was a real wife and mother. We used to speak German at home. My mother tongue is German as well because my mother came from Zagreb but she grew up in Vienna. You know, we used to have a servant girl all the time and mother used to go to the market with her. My mother was a wonderful housewife and there were [Jewish] shops there, we went to Jewish shops for everything, even for stockings. Of course, there were two kosher butcher shops as well, we bought the meat only from there. But most of the time we went to do shopping in Vienna. There were washerwomen, ironers and needleworkers who came to our house, so that was a completely different world. My mother used to go to the hairdresser every week, she dyed her nails like I do - I probably inherited that from her - she had beautiful hands. She smoked a cigarette every Sunday at midday. So she was absolutely modern.

Interview details

Interviewee: Heni Szepesi
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Magda Frischmann
Year of birth:
1884
City of birth:
Zagreb
Country name at time of birth:
Croatia
Year of death:
1944
City of death:
Auschwitz
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Auschwitz
Occupation
before WW II:
housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Weinberger
    Year of changing: 
    1919
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Heni Szepesi
Year of birth:
1924
City of birth:
Sopron
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Occupation
before WW II:
student, clerk
after WW II:
working in textile shops

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