Laszlo Galla and his mother Erzsebet Gunst

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  • Photo taken in:
    Szentes
    Year when photo was taken:
    1916
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Hungary

This is a photo of me with my mother, Erzsebet Gunst. I could be a couple months old in this photo. I think this was the first picture ever taken of me.

When World War I broke out, my father was already 34, but he was still immediately called up. I remember that he went into the Lugos regiment - Lugos is now part of Romania - then they were sent to Serbia. He spent the entire war there, in Dalmatia and its environs, right up until the final retreat. He was constantly away for four years, though he got leave time by time. I wasn't conceived at home, but in Belgrade. My father was given leave, but a very short one, and they knew in advance when it would be, so my mother traveled down to Belgrade. They met there in the officers' wing of the barracks - my father had joined up as an ensign officer and was a captain when discharged - and they spent a few days there, and I was conceived there in February 1916.

When I was circumcised, my father wasn't at home yet. So they sent him a telegram and he came home quickly. The commissioned personnel, which he belonged to, were somewhere in Dalmatia and were living in some royal or aristocratic palace. When they found out that I had been born, they filched a beautiful album containing members of that aristocratic family, and the fellow officers sent that as a present for me.

Interview details

Interviewee: Laszlo Galla
Interviewer:
Dora Sardi
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2004
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Erzsebet Gunst
Jewish name:
Eszter
Year of birth:
1887
City of birth:
Hodmezovasarhely
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary pre 1918
Year of death:
1974
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Cashier
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Kohn
    Year of changing: 
    1909
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Laszlo Galla
Jewish name:
Eliezer
Year of birth:
1916
City of birth:
Szentes
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary pre 1918
Occupation
before WW II:
Worked in father’s hardware store
after WW II:
Economist
  • Previous family name: 
    Gunst
    Year of changing: 
    1948
    Reason for changing: 
    Assimilation

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