Julia Foldesne Altman

Julia Foldesne Altman
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1918
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Hungary
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Hunnia, Budapest, Hungaria krt 81
This picture of my mother, Julia Foldesne Altman, must have been taken around her graduation from high school, which was in 1918. The photo was taken in Budapest. My mother was born in Gyongyos in 1900. She first finished for years at Uteg Street middle school and then she graduated from municipal high school for girls in the 4th district. Her father, Ignac Altman, must have had good connections in the right places because he said that he would like his daughter to be accepted into the Medical Faculty. And given that he didn't join the communist movement during the Hungarian Soviet Republic my mother entered university in the fall of 1919. In 1924 she graduated from the Medical Faculty of Pazmany Peter University and got her dentistry qualifications later. A fellow student of hers was Laszlo Nemeth, who was a real anti-Semite at that time and acted as one, too. [Nemeth was an outstanding 20th century Hungarian prose writer and playwright.] There were Jews in university but not many. I only know of a certain Sari Neumann in her year, she was a rabbi's daughter and her father also wanted her to be a doctor. My mother said something to the effect that they picked on her because of her name, and she had the worst subject choices at certain exams. She worked during university, too, stuffing geese for example. Once she studied anatomy while stuffing a goose. My mother later worked as a GP and dentist.

Interview details

Interviewee: Gyula Földes
Interviewer:
Eszter Andor
Month of interview:
October
Year of interview:
2002
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Julia Foldesne Altman
Year of birth:
1900
City of birth:
Gyongyos
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1970
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Dentist
after WW II:
Doctor
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Altman
    Year of changing: 
    1927
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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