Laszlo Nussbaum

Laszlo Nussbaum
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  • Photo taken in:
    Paris
    Year when photo was taken:
    1936
    Country name at time of photo:
    France
    Country name today:
    France
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Dinox-ouilleminot
This is my eldest uncle, Laci, the philosopher, and if I remember correctly, this is Rue Mazagran in Paris. I just know this street, but not in connection with him. I know very little about him, because I only heard about him. I saw him once. He was a typical bohemian. The photo was taken in 1936. He lectured at the Sorbonne and he had a lot of money. For example he went to Nice for the summer holidays and he spent all his money there. It happened that my father didn't receive any letters from him for a long time, and then a letter came from Zanzibar or somewhere that he didn't have funds to get back to Paris, and he wanted them to send money. I remember that my father received a letter in 1937 in which he was urged to go to Paris immediately because something bad had happened to Laci - I was named after him by the way. I only found out the whole story later. My father went to Paris, he went up to his apartment, and he rang the bell. 'Jeno!' cried Laci, 'What are you doing here?' My father didn't know what to say because he was told that something bad had happened to him. 'Is something wrong?' he asked. 'No,' came the reply. He didn't understand why he had been summoned by telegram. They went to have lunch somewhere, and there it came out that he had pawned everything, even his clothes. So he had a completely bohemian life. Laci never got married. But he had partners until the end of his life; in fact, his last one was scarcely a year or two older than my wife. I still keep in touch with her. He had no Jewish girlfriends, but he didn't change his Jewish religion. He is buried in the Jewish part of a cemetery in Paris; his last live-in girlfriend buried him there in 1967.

Interview details

Interviewee: Laszlo Nussbaum
Interviewer:
Molnar Ildiko
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2001
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

KEY PERSON

Laszlo Nussbaum
Year of birth:
1929
City of birth:
Torda
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Occupation
after WW II:
Librarian

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Shoah Visual History Foundation
Date of interview:
April, 1999

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