Membership Card at the Budapest Tourist Association

Membership Card at the Budapest Tourist Association
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1961
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
This is my membership card at the Budapest Tourist Association. While I worked at the Central Statistical Office my colleagues and I used to take trips. I used to go back to them later, too, in 1964, when I already worked at the Party History Institute, because I loved them so much. This membership card was issued in 1961. My husband worked as an interpreter for quite a while, and then he went on visits to the scenes of accidents where Russian soldiers were also involved. It occurred that they called him during the night. Once there was a casualty, and he had to go in to the dissection room. Then he said that he would rather die than continue this work, so he quit being a military interpreter. He went to the 1st May Garment Factory, they employed him as a quality controller and interpreter, there were fashion shows abroad, which he organized, so they traveled all over the Soviet Union. Moscow, Leningrad, Georgia, Abkhazia, Saratov, I can't recount all the places they went to. My husband also participated at price negotiations, he made many acquaintances. There was an artist who also illustrated books, they became very good friends, and I became a friend with him, too, this was a friendship that lasted for years. This man painted, too. They lived next to the railway station in Kiev in a first-story apartment, the upper story was the artist's. There was a circular corridor, and everyone had a room. I got two paintings from this painter. But I also went on business to Moscow. I went very often, we made bibliographies, and we collected for example Gyorgy Lukacs' articles, which he wrote in the exile and which were published in Russian magazines. I was at the partner institution for weeks, and I could do research on the Hungarian connections.

Interview details

Interviewee: Magdolna Palmai
Interviewer:
Lehotzky Zsuzsanna
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2005
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Magdolna Palmai
Year of birth:
1921
City of birth:
Nyiregyhaza
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Occupation
before WW II:
Seamstress
after WW II:
Librarian
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Fischer
    Year of changing: 
    1945
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
  • Previous family name: 
    Goldman
    Year of changing: 
    1969
    Reason for changing: 
    Assimilation

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