Jeanette Torok

Jeanette Torok
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  • Photo taken in:
    Vienna
    Year when photo was taken:
    1889
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria
    Country name today:
    Austria
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Atelier Reuter, Vienna, Wollzeile 34
This is my maternal grandmother, Jeanette Torok, nee Gluck. The photo was taken in Vienna, Austria, in 1889. According to the birth register her first name was Janka, but she used it in the French way, she signed the postcards sent to the family this way, too. In her youth she didn't speak Hungarian well, in the Gluck family in Jolsva, in the 1870s-1880s they probably spoke German. She was 16 years old when her mother died, and shortly afterwards she went to Vienna, to her father's brother and his wife. They had several elegant shoe stores in downtown Vienna. She learned the shoe merchant trade here. It was natural that she only spoke German there. It is more surprising that on the postcards written to her father and siblings in Budapest, not only the text is German, but also the address: instead of Erzsebet Boulevard she wrote Elisabetring. It is written this way on the postcard on which she wished a Happy New Year in September 1901 with nice black letter writing. The card with German and Hebrew inscription shows the Jewish city hall in Prague and the Alt-neu Synagogue.

Interview details

Interviewee: Erika Izsak
Interviewer:
Sárdi Dóra
Month of interview:
Február
Year of interview:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Jeanette Torok
Year of birth:
1869
City of birth:
Jolsva
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1945
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Shop assistant in a shoe store, then co-owner
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Gluck
    Year of changing: 
    1901
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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