Kati Erdos' graduation photo

Kati Erdos' graduation photo
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1936
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Halmi udvari fenykepesz, Budapest, Kecskemeti u. 19
My graduation photo. I felt great at high-school. I felt that I was in the right place. Our headmaster, Jeno Zsoldos, was a great scientist, though very serious and severe. [He noticed me on the very first day] and from that time on he kept his eye on me - Hungarian, orthography, penmanship - I liked these very much. Zsoldos was our mentor, we are indebted to him for everything: for our erudition, and for the fact that we can speak and write Hungarian correctly. He taught Hungarian and Latin. He was a handsome young man when we started, and at his funeral two people from our class were present. In those times the Rakosi regime was raging, and God forbid that anybody in a good position should give away that they had attended a denominational school. So there were only two of us at his funeral. Samuel Hajdu was the teacher of religion. We read and translated Hebrew texts, and learned the grammar of biblical Hebrew. The school-fee was rather high, there were not many who could really attend this school; only the good pupils, who were exempted from school-fees; apart from them only the children of the Jewish elite went to that school. In those days it wasn't so usual to send girls to high-school. As a matter of fact, I am very proud that I attended that school.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Katalin Andai
Year of birth:
1918
City of birth:
Kassa
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Occupation
before WW II:
giving private Latin lessons
after WW II:
music score copier
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Erdos
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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