Karoly Izsak

Karoly Izsak
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1938
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
When this picture was made of my father Karoly Izsak, then 41 years old, he had been the chief gardener of the HICAA (Hungarian Israelite Crafts and Agricultural Association) for 17 years. He got his gardener assistant certificate here at the age of 17, after three years of learning. All his family lived in Budapest at that time. His parents were from Szatmar [Szatmarnemeti, today Satu Mare, Romania], he got to Pest from there with his mother and older siblings after his father's death, at the age of five. My father got married to Iren Torok in 1928. I was their only child. With his job he got a spacious service villa, a nice garden, and an income which assured a middle class living standard for his family. And very much work for him. He managed bedding plant, vegetable and fruit production and marketing, and the students' theoretical and practical training. He traveled to Western European countries officially several times. Until the anti-Jewish laws, he took part in the national professional-social organizations of gardeners.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Karoly Izsak
Year of birth:
1897
City of birth:
Szatmarnemeti
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1979
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Chief gardener
after WW II:
Group leader at a ministry (Ministry of Agriculture)

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