Lea Merenyi with her mother, brother and sister

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  • Photo taken in:
    Hannover
    Year when photo was taken:
    1928
    Country name at time of photo:
    Germany, 1870-1945
    Country name today:
    Germany
This is my mother Clairette Schuller with us, her three children. From left to right: my mother, my sister Zsuzsa, I, my brother Istvan and the lady who took us on walks. The photo was taken in Hanover in 1928. We didn't have money to employ a 'Fräulein', but there was a lady who took us for a walk every morning. Life in Hanover was quite cloudless, because I was a child there, I had my friends there, I went to school there. My mother packed up the family every Sunday morning, equipped with a can of milk and coffee, a thermos and a ring cake, and there is this nice place in Hanover, a small forest, a little bit like the City Park, and there was a garden restaurant there. So she packed up the ring cake, and in the restaurant we ordered that good German watery coffee. They couldn't make a good coffee, but it didn't matter, it was good with the ring cake. Then we played until noon, and at noon we went home. The positive aspect of living in Hanover was that thanks to my grandparents we had no money worries. I inherited very many clothes from my grandmother, she liked to dress very much, she had enough money, and if she got bored of a dress I got it. In Hannover I had school-mates, friends, we celebrated the birthdays, we lived a completely normal civil life, and that time nobody made us feel that there was a problem. My mother didn't let us read newspapers. Now I think she obviously did it because people said nasty things about Jews at that time already. But this is just a guess. 'Politics is not for you'- my mother said. Politics wasn't a topic in our family at all. So we didn't even know what was about to happen.

Interview details

Interviewee: Lea Merenyi
Interviewer:
Gabor Gondos
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2004
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Zsuzsa Lorinc
Year of birth:
1925
City of birth:
Wuppertal-Barmen
Country name at time of birth:
Germany
Year of death:
1990
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Ballet-master
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Schuller
    Reason for changing: 
    Hiding Jewish identity/nationality
  • Previous family name: 
    Merenyi
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Istvan Merenyi
Year of birth:
1917
City of birth:
Wuppertal-Barmen
Country name at time of birth:
Germany
Country of death:
Germany
Died where:
Germany
  • Previous family name: 
    Schuller
    Reason for changing: 
    Hiding Jewish identity/nationality

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