Piroska Hamos with her relatives and children

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  • Photo taken in:
    Mátyásföld
    Year when photo was taken:
    1940
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
This picture was taken in Matyasfold. This is my sister Etel (top left) and this is me on the right. Between us is my step-mother. This is my daughter Judit (left), this is my other daughter Marika (in the middle) and this is Agi, Etel's little daughter. The picture must have been taken around 1940. My husband might have taken it. I don't know why my father is not in the picture, in 1940, he could possibly have been in forced labor already. When they had summer holidays on the Romai banks of the Danube, they didn't come to visit, but when they were at home, they came very often. Sometimes they came on a Saturday and slept the night there. People could sleep anywhere: on the floor, on the couch, on a convertible bed. Sometimes Agi stayed at our place and even the grandmother wasn't with her- normally grandmother always took her everywhere, because Etel was working. When I was a young woman, we played cards every Sunday. Many people came: my sisters-in-law, Klari and Iren, my step-mother's relatives, and my cousins, uncle Naci's sons. Although when we got married, my husband said, "There are no (close connections with) the relatives?, it wasn't like that at all. We were a very hospitable household. People like to be at our place very much. Many times people came already for lunch, many times they brought lunch with them, and many times we cooked together. The card games continued even after we had the children. The family of my sister-in-law, Klari, also came, although their children were a good few years older than mine. They really enjoyed being here. My sister-in-law's family even spent the summer holiday in Matyasfold. Not at our place, but they rented a flat and my mother-in-law cooked for them. There was so much to do. It was the custom before, to clean every day and every Friday, to do a big clean and wash the kitchen furniture. I didn't do too much cooking, because my mother-in-law lived with us at that time already and she cooked. When I got married, I couldn't cook at all. The first meal I made was inedible. I cooked tomato soup, and no matter what I put in it, it didn't taste good; I added some more sugar, some more roux, but I didn't put in any salt! I did shopping, I took the kids for walks, I did needlework, I sewed, so I wasn't the kind of person who rested a lot. I did read, especially in the evenings in bed. Even now, the book I am reading at the moment is right here. I'm not able to fall asleep without reading.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Margit Schultz
Jewish name:
Sore
Decade of birth:
1890
City of birth:
Balassagyarmat
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1956
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Self-employed craftsman in non-elite crafts
after WW II:
Housewife

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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