Judit Kinszki with daughter Eszter

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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1968
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary

My daugher and I. I raised her completely alone. I don't really know if she knew she had a father. Csaba [my husband] was very busy and he only came home at night. When he got home, the child was always sleeping. When we moved [from the rented flat] to the temporary accommodation Csaba worked at home, but the child disturbed him. So I took the child away all the time. We visited all the museums of Budapest.

After the child was born I gave English lessons while walking with children. I pushed her in the pram, and two children came with me and I taught them English every day. I didn't want to take her to the nursery. I took her to my mother's place and I gave English lessons there. The child was standing and playing in her baby-walker. Then I thought she should go to kindergarten, and I tried to get a job. It was not easy. I wrote a petition that I would take anything, pioneer-leading, nursery school, anything. I wrote where I had been until then, what I had done, where I had graduated, and I lodged this with all districts. Nothing. Then a phone call came, that somebody needed to be substituted in the 8th district. I went there, and taught Hungarian and history - meanwhile my mother took care of the child - I was there for half a year. Then I went wherever I had to for a week, or two. I taught everywhere in the 8th district [Budapest's inside slum district where many Gypsies live]. These were very infamous schools in the 8th district; the teachers drank, didn't teach, they came in and beat all the children, so they were appalling places. All those poor Gypsy boys, whose parents were in prison; it was clear that they were always maltreated, but they felt that I treated them humanely.

 

Interview details

Interviewee: Judit Kinszki
Interviewer:
Sárdi Dóra
Month of interview:
September
Year of interview:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Judit Kinszki
Year of birth:
1934
Decade of birth:
1930
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary 1918-1938
Occupation
after WW II:
Teacher/Professor
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Kinszki Judit
    Year of changing: 
    1957
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1950
  • Previous family name: 
    S. Cs.-né
    Year of changing: 
    1993
    Reason for changing: 
    Divorce
    Decade of changing: 
    1990

Other Person

Eszter S.
Year of birth:
1959
City of birth:
Budapest
Occupation
after WW II:
Teacher/Professor

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