David Edelmann and Szerena Edelmann

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  • Photo taken in:
    Kosice
    Year when photo was taken:
    1925
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938
    Country name today:
    Slovakia

These are my parents: Szerena and David Edelmann. My parents had this photo taken one year before the end of my father's service in the Czech army. My father came on leave to Kosice, and met with my mother right away, of course. My father took this photo with him, when his leave was over and he had to go back to his unit. My father kept it in his chest pocket till the end of his service. This photo was taken in Kosice in 1925.

My father studied in a Czech school and later - in a grammar school. My father was very handsome: tall and slender with big dark eyes and handsome features. He was also a decent, honest and noble man of principles. He hated lies. At the age of 18 my father went to work for a confectionery company owned by two Jews. The owners valued my father well and employed him back after his service in the army. He got promotions and was paid well. My father was recruited to the Czech army at 19. He served near Prague and had good memories about his service in the army.

My father met my mother when he was 18. My mother was 15. She was a pretty blonde with wavy hair, gray-greenish eyes, snow-white teeth and was lovely built. Her name was Szerena Klein. Since her childhood everybody called her 'Szoszi' My parents fell in love once and for all. My mother received the first awards at beauty contests in her town several times.

My mother had many admirers, but my father became number one. My parents got married on 14 July 1929. He was 24 and my mother was 20 years old. They had a real Jewish wedding with a rabbi and a chuppah. My father was working for the company. He rented a two-room apartment and furnished it.

My father began to write before he went to the army. At first he wrote poems inspired by his love of my mother. I read these poems, when I was a child, and admired their lyrical nature and beauty. The first letters in lines composed my mother's name or deklaration of his love of her. My father wrote my mother poems of letters from the army. Regretfully, they got lost during the war. My father became chief editor of the communist weekly 'Mai Nap' ('Today') published in Hungarian where his writer's talent was fully realized. My father had to work a lot to support the family. Besides, the newspaper was also funded by its employees. My father was a convinced communist, and it had nothing to do with his material situation.

Interview details

Interviewee: Judita Haikis
Interviewer:
Ella Levitskaya
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2004
Kiev, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

David Edelmann
Jewish name:
David
Year of birth:
1905
City of birth:
Kassa
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary pre 1918
Year of death:
1975
City of death:
Uzhgorod
Country of death:
USSR
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Office clerk
after WW II:
Departmental head/manager in socialist

Other Person

Szerena Edelmann
Year of birth:
1909
City of birth:
Kassa
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary pre 1918
Year of death:
1985
City of death:
Uzhgorod
Country of death:
USSR
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Klein
    Year of changing: 
    1929
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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