Piroska Hamos and Etel Schneller

Piroska Hamos and Etel Schneller
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  • Photo taken in:
    Balassagyarmat
    Year when photo was taken:
    1918
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Hungary
This is me (on the right) and this is my sister Etel, who had just died. The picture must have been taken in 1918 in Balassagyarmat. My mother was still alive then, but where, when and why this picture was taken, I don't know. I know that we wearing this same dress when we went to visit someone and my sister Etel was scared of the dog. He didn't harm her, it was just barking; she backed away, and ended up backing right into a bucket of water. I only have very vague memories of the time in Balassagyarmat, only one or two things are very vivid in my memory: for example once, Etel was sick; on Friday evening the candles were lit and Dad lit a cigarette, which is forbidden, among other things, for Jews at holidays. And mom got angry with him. And Dad suddenly threw the candle holder onto the floor in his anger. My other memory is that when my dad was a soldier, and he came home for a holiday, he took me and Etel, holding our hands to my mom's sister , because he said that Ipoly street, where we lived, led straight towards the Ipoly (river), and the Czechs were shooting from the other bank whereas Zichy street was zig-zagged. And I remember that in our courtyard there was the Jewish community's matzah bakery, and there was some sort of black, steam engine-like machine, and this steam engine-like thing was bombed and made an awful lot of noise. Once, when I was already eight, there was a big commotion, and lots of whispering, but we could still hear that Mom had died. Our brother was a five-month old breast-fed baby at the time, and people said all kinds of things, of course, not to us children, but we heard that they could see my dad carrying my Mom on his back and throwing her into the Ipoly. The police questioned him too. Of course, there wasn't a word of truth in it, because Mom committed suicide. I don't remember my poor mother's funeral, but I seem to recall a long wooden box standing on something and there were a lot of people.

Interview details

Interviewee: Piroska Hamos
Interviewer:
Eszter Andor, Dora Sardi
Month of interview:
April
Year of interview:
2004
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Etel Schneller
Jewish name:
Sore
Year of birth:
1913
City of birth:
Ovar
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
2003
City of death:
Sidney
Country of death:
Australia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Office clerk
after WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Schultz
    Year of changing: 
    193435
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Piroska Hamos
Year of birth:
1912
City of birth:
Balassagyarmat
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Departmental head/manager in socialist firms
  • Previous family name: 
    Schultz
    Year of changing: 
    1929
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
  • Previous family name: 
    Hahn
    Year of changing: 
    1934
    Reason for changing: 
    Assimilation

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