Sandor Gunst’s last postcard from deportation

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  • Photo taken in:
    Sarvar
    Year when photo was taken:
    1944
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary

This is the last postcard my father, Sandor Gunst, sent to my mother, after he was taken away from Szentes. A Szentes resident of the Israelite faith, he was taken into custody in spring of 1944. My father had to be arrested and deported before the construction of the ghetto because he was the president of the religious community at the time. This happened directly after 19th March 1944, when the Germans occupied Hungary.

My father was deported shortly after the Germans entered, on 19th March 1944. He was the chairman of the Jewish community at that time, and he and other notables were rounded up at the Szentes police station. He managed to submit an appeal against his internment, naturally he thought he was innocent, and he knew that they only rounded him up because it was easy to find him through the Jewish community. Well, you can imagine what happened to that appeal, and the following week they deported him to Auschwitz, to be more precise, he was taken from Szentes first to Budapest, from there to Sarvar and then to Auschwitz and there he was exterminated. It is very hard to distinguish what I heard at first. But at the time, I think we didn't really know about Auschwitz. My father wrote postcards from Pest and Sarvar, which my mother didn't only keep and take to the ghetto and into deportation, but also managed to keep and bring back home.

Interview details

Interviewee: Laszlo Galla
Interviewer:
Dora Sardi
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2004
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Sandor Gunst
Jewish name:
Smuel
Year of birth:
1880
City of birth:
Szentes
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary pre 1918
Year of death:
1944
City of death:
Auschwitz
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Auschwitz
Occupation
before WW II:
Owner of hardware store

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