Kati Andai's mother Margit Brichta, her sister Bella Levai and their father

Kati Andai's mother Margit Brichta, her sister Bella Levai and their father
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  • Photo taken in:
    Kassa
    Year when photo was taken:
    1913
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Hungary
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Budapesti Miniatur Fenykepeszeti Vallalat, Kassa, Fo u. 49
This is my mother (on the left) and her sister Bella and their father. They had this photo made to send it to their sister Olga who was at university in Budapest. You see, my grandfather wrote [on the back of the postcard] in German to Olga. He always corresponded in German with his daughters. Olga was older than my mother by three or four years. They attended university in Budapest which was a big deal at that time. She studied to be a teacher - I don't know what kind of teacher - and she told her parents that she didn't want to occupy a teacher's post because she had fallen in love with a student, and wanted to marry him. The problem was that the person in question was Christian and the son of a jailer. Well, it caused a lot of trouble, but she got married to him, and he got a job in Resicabanya [today: Resita], close to Temesvar [today: Timisoara, a town in Transylvania, Romania]. There he got a job in an iron factory and they moved there. Her sister Isabella, Bella was sent to university in Budapest, too. She hated university as well. Bella was a very strange woman. She was married off to a bartender. She wasn't so young any more, though she was very pretty, and she was happy that she got married. Her husband was a Jew from the country who had a high school education in commerce; he had a bar at the corner of Thokoly Road and Muranyi Street. They had a good financial situation. Bella didn't work, as she didn't like to be among people. She went to the cinema and read. She couldn't even cook, her mother-in-law cooked while she was alive. They never had any children. They both survived the war. Her husband wasn't taken to forced labor service, but he was a member of the skeleton staff, and they kept his rank of officer, because in the Hungarian Soviet Republic of 1919 he had gained distinctions. I didn't like them because they made us feel acutely that they were in a much better financial situation than we were.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Margit Erdos
Year of birth:
1894
City of birth:
Kassa
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1957
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
housewife
after WW II:
housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Brichta
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Bella Levai
Year of birth:
189697
City of birth:
Kassa
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Brichta
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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