Ilona Seifert and her family

Ilona Seifert and her family
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
My family on the roof terrace of our home in Budapest, in a photo from the 1920s. My father (on the right), my mother (on the left), and me (the short one) and my sister in front. I don´t know who the other people are. They must be some of my parents? guests. My parents bought this house when they married in 1917. It was a single story house which they extended by building additional stories on top. We lived in it, and it also housed Daddy's bakery and soda water workshop. Instead of a roof, the house had a terrace, which my parents turned into a lovely garden for their two children. Features included a child's sandbox, a flower garden, and a beautiful set of garden furniture. They constructed this garden because the house itself had no garden. Behind the house was the soda-water workshop, a garage for the car, and stables for the horses. When the Arrow-Cross people, the Hungarian Nazis, seized my father's workshop, they found this garden terrace and used it as a base from which to fire at airplanes. One of the planes fired back and hit the house, which was almost completely destroyed.

Interview details

Interviewee: Ilona Seifert
Interviewer:
Dora Sardi, Eszter Andor
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Ilona Seifert
Jewish name:
Haile
Year of birth:
1921
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Occupation
before WW II:
Manager
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Riemer
    Year of changing: 
    1947
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Iren Riemer
Year of birth:
1897
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:
Retail clerk
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Wollner
    Year of changing: 
    1917
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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