Laszlo and Erzsebet Spiegler

Laszlo and Erzsebet Spiegler
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  • Photo taken in:
    Tapolca
    Year when photo was taken:
    1955
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
This is a picture of my wife Erzsebet Spiegler (nee Reich) and me on vacation.The photo was taken in 1955 on the lake in Tapolca. After the war when life became a little easier, we went on vacation. This was the first time that I went to Tapolca, a well-known holiday resort and spa. We rented a boat and went rowing on the lake. My wife and I enjoyed this vacation very much. When I was demobilized in 1938, I learned to dance and we used to go dancing. At that time there was a café right here at the corner, it was called Pannonia café, and there I met my wife. Then I started to go dancing with her, and after a while I told her that I was going to betroth her as my fiancé. I pulled the ring off my finger and put it on hers. This was in 1939. Then they demobilized me, and then called me up again. I was released from service again, and then they called me up in July 1942, and I was there until the end of the war. The wedding was held because they said in March 1944 that they would take away the girls but not the women. Then I came home - I was in forced labor service at Kassa - and we got married. It was a civil marriage. When I returned home after the war we had our religious marriage in the synagogue of Ujpest. When we arrived back home, we saw that we'd been looted, the house didn't have anything, not even a glass. Only the walls remained of the house where my wife had lived with her parents before the terror. When she came back, she couldn't enter her own house. She had to lodge an appeal against it, and then she got back one room. Then I joined the co-operative in July 1952. I left the shop. I had bought it for 300 grams of gold and I had to leave it. There was no one to buy it. And then I worked in the co-operative. My wife learned to be a typist and shorthand secretary. She worked at a company. But I told her, 'Mum, don't go to work, I earn our living, and you don't have to.' But she wanted to go anyway. I retired in 1971.

Interview details

Interviewee: Laszlo Spiegler
Interviewer:
Dora Sardi and Eszter Andor
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2002
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Laszlo Spiegler
Year of birth:
1910
City of birth:
Ujpest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Occupation
before WW II:
Employed by craftsman
after WW II:
Skilled self-employed

Other Person

Erzsebet Spiegler
Year of birth:
1916
City of birth:
Ujpest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1986
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Office clerk
after WW II:
Office clerk
  • Previous family name: 
    Reich
    Year of changing: 
    1944
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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