Reception organized by Ferenc Deutsch

Reception organized by Ferenc Deutsch
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    197880
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
This photo was taken in the Rozsa Ferenc cultural house where a folk dance group was invited. My job was to organize the dinner for them. The Director at the Csemege Company, a Socialist food store chain, was a very good friend of mine.We had trudged through the mud together during the forced labour period. He asked me how much my wages were. I told him and he said that he would give me double that if I went to work for him. I moved to the Csemege Company in 1953 as a group leader, where I had to supervise all the shops in Budapest. This job was not really good for me because I was a Jew and there was anti-Semitism. From there I got to the supplying section of the company. I worked there for thirty years. I managed to organise my work in such a way that I was the supplier for all the diplomats to Hungary from 176 countries. Besides this I also oversaw fifty buffets. I supplied the diplomats with food in their private lives. If they needed some delicatessen, they could get it with my help. I got many high decorations, mostly from the government. This job had also some perks that raised my quality of life: Western connections, travels, food, etc.

Interview details

Interviewee: Ferenc Deutsch
Interviewer:
Sárdi Dóra, Andor Eszter
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Ferenc Deutsch
Year of birth:
1917
City of birth:
Vaja
Occupation
before WW II:
Gyári munkás
after WW II:
Felsővezető a Csemege Vállalatnál

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