Laszlo Spiegler

Laszlo Spiegler
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  • Photo taken in:
    Ujpest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1912
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Hungary
This is me at the age of two. The photo was taken in Ujpest in 1912. I was born in 1910. My Jewish name is Leben. And I know my wife's Jewish name as well; she was called Pesl. My elder sister was born in 1908. She was called Anna. Her Jewish name was Miriam. She died in 1939. Her heart took her from us. My other sister, Marta, was born in 1909, but I don't know her Jewish name. My sister Tace was the youngest; she was born in 1912. Manci was her Hungarian name, and Tace was her Jewish name. After Anna's death three of us were left. I inherited something from my mother as well as my sister. My mother was very ill, with heart problems. I have worked since I was ten years old. I had no time to go and play on the plot. I came home from school, studied for a while, and then if I had any free time, I went to the shop. There were the three girls; they went to the swimming pool, while I was in the shop. I had to keep things in order. I bought dishes by the thousands, and sold things in the shop. When I was ten years old I was already selling jars. The cucumber and paprika wasn't pickled as it is nowadays, but they bought the jar and pickled them themselves. We sold them [the jars]. They weren't brought into the shop because there were too many, and I slept outside in a lean-to with my sister. When I was already fourteen years old we had been buying dishes by the thousands. I used to go shopping by myself. They put me into the shop as soon as they could because my mother was sickly, and when she was ill I had to stand in for her. My sisters had their circle of friends, and I didn't really like to bother with girls, I would rather work; I got so used to work. I loved working so much. I never went anywhere for the summer holidays as a child. I was 18 years old when I saw Lake Balaton for the first time. There were cheap trains to Siofok; that was when I first saw Balaton. My sisters used to go to Puho; they spent their summer holidays at relatives.

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

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