Terez Leicht’s certificate of apprenticeship

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  • Photo taken in:
    Nagykanizsa
    Year when photo was taken:
    1924
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary

This is the assistant's certificate of my mother, Terez Herczfeld, from 1924. 

My grandfather was a baker, they had 7 daughters. My deceased grandfather always used to say that he was the happiest man on earth, because one who had 7 houses wanted to have an 8th, but the one who had 7 daughters wouldn't have liked to have any more. 

My mother, who was the third, the biggest and strongest Herczfeld girl. She learned the baker's trade for 3 years in my grandfather's bakery in Nagykanizsa, and she graduated with distinction at the apprentice school in 1924. It wasn't usual for a woman at that time to have an assistant's certificate. My mother was approximately as heavy and tall as I am now, but she was 10 times stronger than I have ever been. If she slapped someone in the face, he fell against the wall. A bolting-bag weighed 85 kilograms, and she could easily lift that. At that time the kneading machine had not been invented yet, or at least they didn't have one, and they baked 800 kilograms of bread daily, and pastries, too, and my father and her kneaded it all, or when there was an apprentice the three of them did..

 

Interview details

Interviewee: Ferenc Leicht
Interviewer:
Judith Rez
Month of interview:
June-November
Year of interview:
2004
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Tereza Leicht
Year of birth:
1906
City of birth:
Veszprém
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary
Year of death:
1970
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Baker
after WW II:
Inventory taker
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Herczfeld
    Year of changing: 
    1928
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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