Janos Banyai

Janos Banyai
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  • Photo taken in:
    Nagykanizsa
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary (1918-1938)
    Country name today:
    Hungary
This is a picture of my husband and his family: his father, Adolf Brand, his mother - Judit Kalman, his maternal grandma - Lina Zsigmond nee Markovits, his brother - Sandor Banyai and his wife, Olga. They are photographed standing in front of their shop in Nagykanizsa. My husband, Janos Banyai was from Nagykanizsa, born in 1916, died at the age of 87 last year. One year ago. Originally, he was a watchmaker, then he graduated from the Economics University, then he finished a steel-industry technical [school], he liked to study, he studied a lot. In the end, he was always a watchmaker. He was a technical manager too, but he loved watch making so much, that he gave up the manager position. He retired as a watchmaker, poor man. He was sick a lot, in the end he went blind, struggled a lot. He was spoiled as a child, his parents' second son. They were originally the Brands. In 1929, they wanted to emigrate to America because they already had relatives there. Big families were popular then. They were a big family, and a part of it emigrated. I think, two or three of them were in America, and they also got ready to immigrate. But for some reason, it didn't work out, I don't know why. Then they magyarized their name to Banyai. And since 1929, they were Banyais. His parents had a little shop, it went really well. His great grandmother was called Lina Markovics. Mrs. Zsigmond Kalman nee Lina Markovics. My mother in law was called Judit Kalman. My father in law was Adolf Brand. My husband had an older brother who was called Sandor Banyai, his wife, Mrs. Sandor Banyai, was my cousin, Olga. My father-in-law and mother-in-law and her mother were killed in the war. My husband's family was well-off, his parents had a spice business in Nagykanizsa. They pillaged that along with their small warehouse. The house and the business were left there, empty. They took everything. From the dulcimer to the expensive pictures, the goods and the shelves, too. Then they sold it after the war for 13,000 forints, a four-bedroom apartment and the business.

Interview details

Interviewee: Olga Banyai
Interviewer:
Anna Legman
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2004
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Janos Banyai
Year of birth:
1916
City of birth:
Nagykanizsa
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
2003
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Self-employed craftsman in elite crafts
after WW II:
Skilled self-employed
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Janos Brand
    Year of changing: 
    1929
    Reason for changing: 
    Assimilation

Other Person

Sandor Banyai
Decade of birth:
1910
City of birth:
Nagykanizsa
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper

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