Non-Jewish workers in the Treff Koffer- und Lederwarenfabrik

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  • Photo taken in:
    Tribuswinkel
    Year when photo was taken:
    1945
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria (after 1945)
    Country name today:
    Austria

This is a very interesting photo. This was taken in a factory in Austria where my mother, Erzsebet Gunst, plus a whole lot of other Szentes people were doing forced labor during the Holocaust. I think the photo was taken after the liberation, and only the Austrian workers with whom my mother worked are in it. I do know, that among the Szentes people, many kept in touch with these people who were truly good to them. They sent this photo, and gave it to my mother who put it away.

They took my mother to Austria, she worked in the Treff Koffer- und Lederwarenfabrik with a bunch of people from Szentes. This factory was in Tribuswinkel. I think they divided them up at Strasshof and took them to various factories. 'I want 20, 50' - it was a slave market - and my mother and her friends, in good company, came to this factory where the boss was extraordinarily nice, and treated them well. By the way, all the members of a provincial theater company broken up by the Germans were also taken there to work, they of course were extremely bohemian, those who didn't bother much with the whole Hitler thing. They had better conditions, of course. They didn't sleep eight to a bunk, but only two or three to a room, but they did the same work, and got along well with them. The factory was close to the Hungarian border. Then, a few days after 4th April 1945 it was liberated, and they immediately set off for home in adventurous circumstances. My mother came home on the roof of some truck filled with metal.

Interview details

Interviewee: Laszlo Galla
Interviewer:
Dora Sardi
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2004
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Erzsebet Gunst
Jewish name:
Eszter
Year of birth:
1887
City of birth:
Hodmezovasarhely
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary pre 1918
Year of death:
1974
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Cashier
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Kohn
    Year of changing: 
    1909
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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