Laszlo Spiegler and friends

Laszlo Spiegler and friends
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  • Photo taken in:
    Ujpest
    Year when photo was taken:
    193839
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Ujpest, Arpad ut 62, Friczi
This is me and my future wife, Erzsebet Spiegler (nee Reich) with friends at a Purim party. I am third from left and my wife is standing on my right. I cannot remember who the others were, no names, nothing. The photo was taken in the cultural house in Ujpest where the Jewish youth used to gather to celebrate holidays. To be honest I cannot remember anything about this particular Purim celebration. 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. In my family we observed every Jewish holiday very strictly, the fasting, too. There used to be a synagogue in Bocskai Street - it was ruined during the war - and we used to go and pray there. And I also went to the Orthodox synagogue. I don't know how to pray very well, but my friends, the Lichtensteins, were Orthodox too, they lived here in the neighboring house. We had such a seder that it's hard to describe. My father lit the chanukkiyah. We had a huge one, which we put in the window. At that time we used to live a proper Jewish life. I used to light it for a while as well, but now I don't do so anymore. We celebrated Purim as well. As for the sukkah, we didn't have one; the Neologs usually didn't observe Sukkot.

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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