Sunday in Kelenvolgy

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  • Photo taken in:
    Kelenvölgy
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
This picture was taken at my mother's sister, Hermina's place in Kelenvolgy. We used to go there on Sundays, I am the first from left. The boy sitting next to me is Sandor Reisz, my brother's friend. My brother Karoly Vajda met him when he worked in Paris for a year. He was also Jewish. Hermina is sitting next to him, and next to Hermina is my brother. Hermina married a Roman Catholic man, Peter Gyorffy. They had a child, but he died in his childhood. As a matter of fact Peter opened this shop, and his wife Hermina was a co-owner. Peter had a brother and a sister, who were raised very religiously. My aunt Hermina and her husband lived in a part of Buda that counted as countryside at that time, so they only had the shop on Raday Street. We made excursions to their place on Sundays many times. There was a very nice house with a garden there on Kelenvolgy. We went by tram to the Kelenfold railway station and from there on foot. There wasn't a bus yet at that time. Both Hermina and her husband came to the shop every day. When my mother also joined they ran the shop together. The shop was in the front, the workshop in the back. The shop also had a loft, they made the comforters there. There was also a shop-window, a comforter was displayed there. They had many customers. Imre Magyari, the leader of a gypsy band also shopped there. I remember the shop, because I worked there for a while after the war, from 1945 until 1950. The shop was closed in 1944, but my mother and I worked here for a short time after the war. On the other side of the shop there was a leather shop, I remember that too. Hermina got into an old-age home after the war, I used to visit her. She died around 1948-1949. I don't remember when her husband died.

Interview details

Interviewee: Hedvig Endrei
Interviewer:
Szilvia Czingel
Month of interview:
October
Year of interview:
2006
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Hedvig Endrei
Year of birth:
1915
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Occupation
before WW II:
Milliner, comforter maker
after WW II:
Assistant business manager, business manager in the catering trade
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Weisz
    Year of changing: 
    1941
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Karoly Vajda
Year of birth:
1908
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1993
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Upholsterer, comforter shop owner
after WW II:
Technical manager at upholsterer co-operative
  • Previous family name: 
    Weisz
    Reason for changing: 
    Assimilation
    Decade of changing: 
    1920

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