Lilly Rosenberg in Beregszasz

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  • Photo taken in:
    Beregszasz
    Year when photo was taken:
    1942
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Ukraine

This is me, Lilly Rosenberg, already in my engagement period. My groom was a relative, his name was Lajos. This photo was taken in Beregszasz in 1942.

Before the deportations, I started to work, in 1942. In Beregszasz, I learned to tailor and I taught tailoring, because Uncle Samu, the exceptionally big Zionist, said, 'No diplomas, learn a trade, because in Israel that's what is important.'

So I learned a trade and continued to do it. The Jewish laws affected everything, our whole lives. The educational ones meant I couldn't continue my tailoring classes. I had been learning to sew for a year, and tailoring with a famous seamstress.

I was still in Hetyen in 1942, and was still teaching tailoring, but I had to stop because racism really started then. Fascism had spread to a few places.

Hetyen hadn't yet been touched. It hadn't been decided yet, that Jews couldn't have industries, but it was clear that we had to sell the business: the spices and general store.

We weren't allowed to have a business. Moric, Erzsebet and I were home then. Gyula had married, Jozsef was studying in Prague.

My older sister had found a husband in Mateszalka District, in Szamossalyi and had three children.

You could travel, but Jews weren't allowed to continue their business activities; I had to give up teaching in 1942.

Interview details

Interviewee: Lilly Lovenberg
Interviewer:
Ildiko Makra
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2004
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Lilly Lovenberg
Jewish name:
Libe
Year of birth:
1918
City of birth:
Hetyen
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary
Occupation
before WW II:
Tailor
after WW II:
Librarian, accountant
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Rosenberg
    Year of changing: 
    1946
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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