Marta Schlesinger on a school performance

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  • Photo taken in:
    Zalaegerszeg
    Year when photo was taken:
    1936
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary

This is a dance performance in school. It was a dance examination.

I didn't attend a Jewish elementary school; there was no such school in Zalaegerszeg. I even attended the convent school when I was 9 or 10 years old.

That was because an acquaintance of ours who lived with us was a teacher there. Then I went to middle school. The middle school lasted until I was 14 years old. I think I was 15 or 16 years old when I went to learn sewing - because at that time they didn't admit Jewish girls to the higher commercial school any more.

I think I had three years of apprenticeship. Then I went to a dressmaker's shop. [The boss] was called Mrs. Lovas, she came from Pecs but she got married and moved to Zalaegerszeg.

I worked, sewed, at her place. We usually went to the dressmaker's shop at 8 o'clock and we always had to clean up after our shift.
There was a magnet, which we had to use to gather up the pins that had fallen down during the day.

I had Christian friends as well, but I mostly [mixed] with Jews. There was my girlfriend Vera and her sisters Dora and Zsoka. We lived close to each other and used to see each other very often. My mother saw a great deal of their mother.

They were Neologs too but on high holidays they went to the [synagogue] as well. Neither their mother, nor their father nor Zsoka came back [from the deportation]. I didn't really have other friends before the war.

For fun I used to dress up, do myself up, and go walking around in court shoes in the Main Street. I had great success and that was enough for me.

Interview details

Interviewee: Jozsefne Feher
Interviewer:
Dora Sardi
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2002
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Jozsefne Feher
Jewish name:
Marta
Year of birth:
1920
Decade of birth:
1920
City of birth:
Zalaegerszeg
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Occupation
before WW II:
Dressmaker
after WW II:
Saleswoman, button sewer in factory, manager of a herb depot
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Schlesinger
    Year of changing: 
    1946
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1940
  • Previous family name: 
    Neuwald
    Year of changing: 
    1950
    Reason for changing: 
    Remarriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1950

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