Janos and his cousin Eva

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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary

This is me and my cousin Eva.

My father had only one sibling, a little sister called Ilonka. She married Zsigmond Brechel, the son of a very well-to-do family from Beszterce [now Bistrica, Romania]. That was a patriarchal Jewish family in Beszterce. They had a brewery called Hohrich and Brecher. They made a quality of beer that was very well known in Transylvania.

There was a brass mesusah that big on every door in the brewery. Uncle Zsigmond worked in banking, and for a while he was the Director of the Romanian-Hungarian Bank in Kolozsvar [now Cluj, Romania], and then Arad. Then the bank somehow didn't do too well, and the family asked Uncle Zsigmond, who understood banking, but didn't like to work, to run the brewery. When the Jewish laws were passed, Count Balazs Bethlen took on the brewery as a strohman [false director, or frontman]. Then they deported the family. They would have saved my uncle. Mengele told him to step a bit to the left, but after a little thought he went over to my aunt. He was murdered immediately….the first day. In Auschwitz. They had a daughter, Eva, who was also killed, but there's no way to tell where.

Interview details

Interviewee: Janos Dorogi
Month of interview:
February
Year of interview:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Janos Dorogi
Jewish name:
Jehuda
Year of birth:
1924
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Occupation
before WW II:
Student
after WW II:
Pediatric surgeon

Other Person

Eva Brecher
City of birth:
Beszterce
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Year of death:
1944
City of death:
Auschwitz
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Auschwitz
Occupation
before WW II:
Student

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