Istvan Merenyi

Istvan Merenyi
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  • Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
This is my brother, at that time he was a soldier already. This is a military service picture. [Editor's note: It's almost certain that the picture was taken of Istvan Merenyi as a forced laborer, because he is obviously wearing civil clothes, only the military cap alludes to the fact that this is a 'service picture.' The War Department issued an order in March 1944 regarding that the Jewish forced laborers had to wear their own civil clothes and sew a yellow armband on it, but at many formations they took the uniform from the Jews already from the end of 1941. Until the sping of 1942 the wearing of the yellow armband wasn't common, but depending on the commander they introduced it at many formations. (R. L. Braham: A nepirtas politikaja. A holokauszt Magyarorszagon. Budapest, Uj Mandatum Publishing House, 2003, page 31.] My brother didn't speak even a word in Hungarian, so he needed a teacher, and he had to learn everything in Hungarian for the high school graduation exam in a year. He didn't know Hungarian at all, and he had a lot of trouble for a year. He had no talent for languages. He was very talented in arts, he made awe-inspiring paintings. I have just found them the other day. My brother was very talented in drawing, painting, and he made stage sets, scene plans. But he was killed at a very young age, I don't even know where he disappeared.

Interview details

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

KEY 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
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Schuller
    Reason for changing: 
    Hiding Jewish identity/nationality

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