Kati Andai's maternal grandmother Berta Brichta

Kati Andai's maternal grandmother Berta Brichta
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  • Photo taken in:
    Kassa
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Slovakia
My maternal grandmother. My mother's whole family lived in Oberland [today in Slovakia]. I don't know anything about them, they all died, nobody survived. My grandparents lived in Kassa [today: Kosice]. They were not orthodox (nobody was in the family), no, they weren't religious at all. I think their mother-tongue was German. My opinion is that they spoke German more easily than Hungarian. They talked to me in Hungarian, but not to my mother. Grandmother didn't work, she raised her three daughters, kept the house. When I was born they had a servant, and moreover she was always a Slovak, or as they used to say, a Tot. Later [in the '30s] they had no servant any more. Grandmother wasn't jolly, she was always timorous. She was afraid of everything, and she always saw the dark side. She couldn't really show her feelings; she probably loved me as a grandchild, but I didn't really feel that. She could cook splendidly, and the house was pristine all the time. I went there for the last time when I was 15 years old, never after that. My grandparents poisoned themselves in the ghetto of Kassa, so they were not [deported].

Interview details

Interviewee: Katalin Andai
Interviewer:
Dóra Sárdi, Eszter Andor
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Berta Brichta
Decade of birth:
1870
City of birth:
somewhere in Upper Hungary
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1944
City of death:
Kassa
Died where:
Kassa
Occupation
before WW II:
housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Glazel
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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