The Koves family

The Koves family
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1961
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
The Koves family in 1961. The father Kalman Koves, my mother's brother, his wife Gabriella, nee Schneitzer, their son Tamas and daughter Judit. Tamas was born in 1951, Judit in 1953. Kalman was a furrier; he had a prospering shop on Kossuth Lajos Street. The shop is still there, now his daughter runs it. Kalman magyarized his name to Koves sometime in the 1930s. He was first drafted into forced labor in 1939, and they let him home at the end of 1940. Then in 1941 they drafted him again. In 1942 he was wounded at the Don Bend, the Hungarians left him there. The Russians saved his life; they took him to the hospital. They healed him, and then they took him to Siberia, from where he came home at the end of 1947. He continued the furrier trade. He opened a shop again. In 1950 he married Gabriella Schneitzer. Gabriella, her sister and mother spent the Holocaust partly in a Swiss protected house, partly in hiding, but her father died in Mauthausen. They had two children, Tamas Koves and Judit Koves. Tamas has a daughter, who is called Sandra, and Judit has two daughters, Andrea and Szilvi. They live here in Hungary. They observe Jewish traditions just the way we do. The grandchildren even less. They know that they are Jews, and that's all. I don't know what I am either. I think about this very much. What on earth am I? Hungarian? Australian? Jewish? I don't know.

Interview details

Interviewee: Thomas Molnar
Interviewer:
Andor Mihály
Month of interview:
Április
Year of interview:
2005
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Kalman Koves
Year of birth:
1910
City of birth:
Berettyoujfalu
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
2001
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Furrier
after WW II:
Furrier artisan
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Katz
    Reason for changing: 
    Assimilation
    Decade of changing: 
    1930

Other Person

Gabriella Koves
Year of birth:
1930
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Occupation
after WW II:
Clerk
  • Previous family name: 
    Schneitzer
    Year of changing: 
    1950
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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