Markus Polak

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  • Photo taken in:
    Liptovsky Mikulas
    Year when photo was taken:
    1906
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Slovakia
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Atelier Mihaly

This photo was taken in 1906 in the town of Liptovsky Mikulas at Mihaly Studios. It’s a picture of my maternal grandfather, Markus Polak.

My maternal grandfather was from Hungary, from Balassagyarmat I think. He died in 1936, and was around 80 years old. My grandfather in Kokava had a store with various goods, mixed goods as it was called back then. Their standard of living was relatively bearable, decent for the times. They didn't have problems making a living. My grandfather poke Slovak, but very badly, Hungarian even less, despite being from Hungary, and basically communicated in German.

Interview details

Interviewee: Tibor Engel
Interviewer:
Dasa Slobodnikova
Month of interview:
February
Year of interview:
2007
Nitra, Slovakia

KEY PERSON

Markus Polak
Year of birth:
1854
City of birth:
Balassagyarmat
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary pre 1918
Year of death:
1936
City of death:
Kokava nad Rimavicou
Country of death:
Czechoslovakia 1918-1938
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant

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