Leonora Acs and siblings

Leonora Acs and siblings
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1918
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Hungary
This was taken in the Ullo street apartment. Probably around 1918. The furniture is familiar, and the curtain, and I remember the pictures. I remember the carpet, and this chair, which had a little gold writing table with it. He used to put his hands on it, and the chair that goes with it. Here's the vase, lots of flowers. My grandmother loved flowers, we had a lot in the apartment. From the left is Lajos Sebestyen reclining, beside him is his older brother Erno, sitting on a gilded chair is Lili and standing behind her is my mother, Leonora. I lived here later with my parents, after my father's fruit and vegetable wholesale company went bankrupt in Nagykoros. It's a four room apartment. Though my grandmother had her teacher accreditation, she didn't work. Women traditionally took care of the raising of children then. In the 1920s, it was not an easy thing to raise four children from one income. Both the boys, Erno and Lajos were trained as lawyers, and for my grandfather to afford that expense, his two daughters had to find husbands from wealthy families. That was the cost of educating the boys. The girls succeeded. Note well, that the boys couldn't really practice because, by the time they were qualified, the Jewish laws came in. The older brother, my uncle Erno Sebestyen, probably lawyered a little bit, but Lajos never did.

Interview details

Interviewee: Mariann Szamosi
Interviewer:
Klara Laszlo
Month of interview:
February
Year of interview:
2004
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Erno Sebestyen
Year of birth:
1895
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1990
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Lawyer
after WW II:
Lawyer

Other Person

Lajos Sebestyen
Year of birth:
1908
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1944
Country of death:
Russia
Died where:
USSR
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant

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