Laszlo Galla and his son G.

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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    2000
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary (after 1989)
    Country name today:
    Hungary

This photo was taken on the 50th birthday of my son, G., in 2000 in Budapest. As you can see, we're both having fun, because my other son is on stage doing his show. We're very strong believers in humor. It was a birthday event, which was especially organized for G.

G. was a mediocre student until he was 13 or 14, when he decided to be a hotelier and from then on, he went up, and found his place very well, everywhere. After finishing the eight classes of middle school, he went to the Catering Technical School; that was four years and he graduated from there. Then he spent a year in the Beke Hotel kitchens, where he got a chef's training, and then he went to the Commerce and Catering Academy, which was for three years. He graduated from that one, and afterwards he did two years of supplemental courses at the Economics University, got his doctoral degree and became an economist. I spent two years in Tanzania and G. was there for more than a year - he was given a sabbatical by the college, and worked there in an English-Tanzanian hotel chain with great results.

G. knew he was Jewish but he wasn't circumcised. This subject was always, how shall I say, in the air, especially in the first years, when we were not far removed from it - you know, he was born in 1950 and the Holocaust lasted until 1945, but I never thought of, how shall I say, 'holding a course' on it. They had Christmas in their childhood. I didn't go to synagogue, and didn't live a religious life. Perhaps we spoke of Chanukkah, but no Chanukkah candles were lit at home, that's for sure. So he didn't grow up in the religious spirit. But he thinks of himself as Jewish. Perhaps more so than I do. He married a Jewish woman.

Interview details

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

KEY 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
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Gunst
    Year of changing: 
    1948
    Reason for changing: 
    Assimilation

Other Person

G. Galla
Year of birth:
1950
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Occupation
after WW II:
Director of hotel chain

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