Ilona Seifert in a school performance for collecting charity

Ilona Seifert in a school performance for collecting charity
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1926
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary

We performed in elementary school to collect money for charity. I am the little girl in a white rococo dress, fourth from the left.

I attended an elementary school on Mester Street. That was a 'prole' (working class) neighborhood, where children of workers went, and we, who came from wealthier homes, were told to bring double portions of elevenses so the children who didn't get any from home could also have a share. It was assigned who should bring two of what, and we gave it all to the schoolmistress in the morning, so that no one actually saw who got whose elevenses, but the children from the poorer households got the same things as the children from the richer households. I didn't have many friends among my classmates at the elementary school, because when we came out of school, our Fräulein was always always there ready and waiting to take us to play in Ferenc Square, where we had friends who were also Jewish.

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

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