Tibor Bato's class reunion

Tibor Bato's class reunion
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1934
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary

This is the class reunion of my father's class. I guess it must be their 20th reunion.

My grandfather had a good job at the Adria Insurance Company. In 1910 he was assigned the task of organizing the network of the Adria Insurance Company in Egypt (still a British colony) and the Middle-East. So grandfather moved from one day to the next to Cairo. My father went to an English gymnasium in Cairo for four years. Then they [Eva's father and grandmother] moved back to Europe so that my father could get a Hungarian Matura [school leaving exam].

On his return from Egypt, he spoke excellent Arabic, English and French. He had a great talent for languages. Back in Hungary, he passed his Matura, then went to Vienna and studied commerce at the Oriental Academy.

Interview details

Interviewee: Eva Bato
Interviewer:
Dora Sardi, Eszter Andor
Month of interview:
February
Year of interview:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Tibor Bato
Year of birth:
1896
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1944
Occupation
before WW II:
Director, Hungarian office, Shell Oil Co.

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