Golda Salamon and Herman Ilovits

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  • Photo taken in:
    Sighetu Marmatiei
    Year when photo was taken:
    1946
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania (1945-1989)
    Country name today:
    Romania

This photo was taken right after I came home from the lager, it’s me, Golda Salamon on the left, and on the right is Hersi Ilovits.

As soon as I got home from the lager, a boy called Hersi Ilovits, Herman Ilovits started to court me.

We spoke Romanian, as he didn't speak Hungarian.

He came from across the border [from Ukraine, from the east of the River Tisza], when this became a Hungarian lend [in 1940, see: Second Vienna Dictate], he came here.

This boy wasn't religious after he came home [after the World War II].

He was a serious suitor, but I didn't want to marry him, because we were almost the same age.

I thought one could not live on love. I didn't know what he was doing for a living.

He kept it secret. Since he was doing business with currency, and this was forbidden those times.

I found this out when I got married. He came to me that day by fiacre, as there weren't taxis then, in 1947, and he told me, 'It doesn't matter now, you are going to get married, but at least tell me why you didn't want to marry me.'

'Well - I said - only because we are the same age, I didn't know from what could you support me, as a wife.'

The poor boy answered to this: 'I thought of everything, except that you were afraid that I couldn't ensure you bread and butter, I wouldn't have thought of that.'

After that he took out a lot of money, and showed it to me. He didn't stay for the wedding, he left.

There were several Zionist societies here [in Maramarossziget], the Mizrachi, the Betar, and there was a kibbutz, some young men also lived there, who didn't have any parents, didn't have anybody.

I don't know more about all this, because I didn't want to participate, I didn't go there, I only heard about them.

Later Hersi took away a girl from the kibbutz, they got married, they had a child, left for America, and his wife became deranged. He [Hersi] became very religious, he died in America.

Well then, I got married, I knew this man, Jeno Simonovits, as his [first] wife had been my cousin. That's how it had to happen, it was fate.

Interview details

Interviewee: Golda Salamon
Interviewer:
Emoke Major
Month of interview:
September
Year of interview:
2005
Maramarossziget, Romania

KEY PERSON

Golda Salamon
Year of birth:
1926
Decade of birth:
1920
City of birth:
Sighetu Marmatiei
Country name at time of birth:
Románia (1918-1940)
Occupation
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Malek
    Year of changing: 
    1972
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1970

Other Person

Herman Ilovits
Decade of birth:
1920

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