Notification of exclusion from the casino issued to Judita Sendrei's father, Matija Bruck

Notification of exclusion from the casino issued to Judita Sendrei's father, Matija Bruck
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  • Photo taken in:
    Subotica
    Year when photo was taken:
    1941
    Country name at time of photo:
    Wartime partitioned Yugoslavia, 1941-44
    Country name today:
    Serbia
This notification of exclusion from the Civic Casino of Szabadka (Editor's note: Subotica, in Hungarian) was issued to my father in 1941 in Subotica. My father was excluded from the casino because of his non-Aryan origin, as was decreed by the 1939 anti-Jewish law issued by the Hungarian authorities. On March 19, 1944 the Germans arrived and I had to start going to school wearing a yellow star. My father convened a family assembly and asked his closest relatives whether they wanted to try and save their lives by converting to Catholicism. I was the most vocal with my answer. I said that it was not even a consideration: 'Never! I will remain a Jew until the end.' Very quickly after that my father was taken to a camp in Backa Topolo, and they put our whole family in the ghetto. After a short time we were loaded into wagons headed for Bacsalmas, Hungary. My grandmother was put in a hospital, and my mother and I took shelter in a mill where we slept on the bare ground, and I contracted an inflammation of the lungs. Through one young soldier, to whom I gave my ring, I managed to send a letter to my father to tell him where the family was located. My father in turn used the first opportunity to volunteer to register and set out in our direction, towards the first wagon. We were quickly transported to Szeged and later to the Strashov camp. From the moment that my parents and I arrived in the Strashov camp we were no longer separated. We went from there to a work camp in Austria, where we awaited liberation. A little on foot, a little by horse drawn carriage, and we managed to make our way to Bratislava.

Interview details

Interviewee: Judita Sendrei
Interviewer:
Klara Azulaj
Month of interview:
February
Year of interview:
2001
Subotica, Serbia

KEY PERSON

Matija Bruck
Year of birth:
1890
City of birth:
Bacsalmas
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1961
City of death:
Subotica
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Professional
after WW II:
Teacher/Professor

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