Peter Reisz as a little child

Peter Reisz as a little child
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This is a photo of me at age three, taken in Budapest in 1938. I?m cycling in the circular gallery of my grandmother's building. I was born in 1935, and spent my childhood in Obuda. I attended the Jewish grade school there because you could feel that the country was turning fascist from 1938 on, and the Jewish laws had appeared. I got chased here in Obuda, when I was still a school kid. The majority of the proletarian kids would specifically hunt Jewish kids, and when they found out I was on my way to school, they would chase me, and when they caught me, they would beat me. The grade school was on Zichy Street. There was only one two-story house on that street, and the congregation had a four-class grade school in it. The synagogue was very near the school, and I went to temple straight from class. I started school there, I started learning Hebrew there, and I could pray well from a prayer book. I only attended that school for three years, however, because of World War II.

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Interviewee: Peter Reisz
Dora Sardi, Eszter Andor
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Budapest, Hungary


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