The Nussbaum brothers with their father, Heinrich Nussbaum

The Nussbaum brothers with their father, Heinrich Nussbaum
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Hungary
In this picture, taken in Budapest in the 1910s, you can see my grandfather, Heinrich Nussbaum, with his three elder boys. From the left the eldest, Laszlo, the second one is my father, Jeno, and the third one is Jozsef. The fourth child is not in the picture; he must have been 14-15 years old then. These ones here were already 17-18 years old as well. The children in the background are nothing to do with them. I don't know where the Ambrinus restaurant is. It is possible that the photographer intentionally wanted publicity at the same time. This is about the proud father who gives three boys to the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy to protect this wonderful country. They must have had a rather good financial situation, but exaggerated patriotism, that's something they definitely had. The typical assimilated Jew: it often happened that they wanted to be more Hungarian than the Hungarians. My grandfather was also a bit of an opportunist and adapted to fit the situation. This wasn't special to him; it was a general characteristic, an acknowledgement, gratitude for the permitted emancipation. In every war, especially those which are going badly, states float war bonds; of course my grandfather gave a lot to these war-bonds in order to further victory for the Austro-Hungarian army, which lost the war in the end. Then he was discharged. He could not be a soldier after the war was lost, and he remained with his money, and with his children. He decided to go back to Transylvania, where he had relatives, so he bought a house in Torda. They came to Torda, and they lived very well there.

Interview details

Interviewee: Laszlo Nussbaum
Interviewer:
Molnar Ildiko
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2001
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

KEY PERSON

Heinrich Nussbaum
Year of birth:
1864
City of birth:
Zsombor
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1932
City of death:
Turda
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Officer

Other Person

Jozsef Nussbaum
Year of birth:
1900
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1981
City of death:
San Antonio
Country of death:
USA
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Doctor
after WW II:
Doctor

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Shoah Visual History Foundation
Date of interview:
April, 1999

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