Joszef Antal's ID for commercial travelers

Joszef Antal's ID for commercial travelers
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1903
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
This is my paternal grandfather Jozsef Antal's ID card for commercial travelers, issued in Budapest, 1903. My grandfather was born in Tata in 1869. I think his father lived in Austria, and he was named something like Anton. But I don't know much about them, only that he was already Antal when, in the 1930s I knew him for a few years, because he died in 1938. I was so little, that when he died, I didn't understand why so many people were coming. I was just staring, 'Look how many guests there are!' and I started to laugh. And my mother told me, 'Shh, shh, this is because grandfather died'. After that, they hardly talked about him. Grandmother always cried, 'Poor papa!' He wasn't too old, he must have been about 60. As far as I know he was born in Budapest. I think he was a kind of trader. I'm sure he didn't have a shop here. He may have been an employee at some kind of company. Whether my grandfather was religious, I don't know, but the two of them, my grandfather and grandmother, observed holidays, I think; at least, they kept the fast [on Yom Kippur]. Perhaps they even went to the synagogue, but I'm not sure about that. They didn't tell me about it because my father had converted to Christianity.

Interview details

Interviewee: Maria Eva Feheri
Interviewer:
Dora Sardi
Month of interview:
September
Year of interview:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Jozsef Antal
Year of birth:
1869
City of birth:
Tata
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1938
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant

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