Istvan and Lea Merenyi in their grandparents' garden

Istvan and Lea Merenyi in their grandparents' garden
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  • Photo taken in:
    Barmen
    Country name at time of photo:
    Germany, 1870-1945
    Country name today:
    Germany

Here you can see my brother Istvan Merenyi and me, fencing in the garden of my maternal grandparents' house in downtown Barmen.

My grandfather earned a good living as a doctor, and he paid for us to attend a fencing course. We got equipment, and a fencing sword, too. I was fencing very enthusiastically for a while, but not for long.

They had a double-storied villa, they were wealthy. The house had a tiny little garden. In the middle of the garden there was a cherry tree. The cherries that grew on this cherry tree were as sour as vinegar, we couldn't eat them, and I felt insulted, that the tree was there for nothing, because we couldn't eat its cherries. Inside the patio there were all kinds of patterns painted here and there on the wall, which a patient of my grandfather's had painted in gratitude for the treatment because he didn't have money to pay for it.

We, the children, lived in Hanover, but we spent every vacation at their place. We went to their place by train. There were quite a lot of vacations in Germany, but there wasn't a two-month summer vacation like here, only a one-month vacation. There was a big vacation in the summer, that was four weeks; there were 10 or 14 days at Easter, 10 days at Pentecost and a fall break in October, which was also 10 days.

Interview details

Interviewee: Lea Merenyi
Interviewer:
Gabor Gondos
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2004
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Lea Merenyi
Year of birth:
1914
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Occupation
before WW II:
Art of movement teacher
after WW II:
Art of movement teacher
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Schuller
    Reason for changing: 
    Hiding Jewish identity/nationality

Other Person

Istvan Merenyi
Year of birth:
1917
City of birth:
Wuppertal-Barmen
Country name at time of birth:
Germany
Country of death:
Germany
Died where:
Germany
  • Previous family name: 
    Schuller
    Reason for changing: 
    Hiding Jewish identity/nationality

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