Janos’ father with his sister

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  • Photo taken in:
    Nagyvarad
    Year when photo was taken:
    1902
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Romania

My father and his sister Ilona.

My father had only one sibling, a little sister called Ilonka. She married Zsigmond Brechel, the son of a very well-to-do family from Beszterce [now Bistrica, Romania]. That was a patriarchal Jewish family in Beszterce. They had a brewery called Hohrich and Brecher. They made a quality of beer that was very well known in Transylvania.

There was a brass mesusah that big on every door in the brewery. Uncle Zsigmond worked in banking, and for awhile he was the Director of the Romanian-Hungarian Bank in Kolozsvar [now Cluj, Romania], and then Arad. Then the bank somehow didn't do too well, and the family asked Uncle Zsigmond, who understood banking, but didn't like to work, to run the brewery. When the Jewish laws were passed, Count Balazs Bethlen took on the brewery as a strohman [false director, or frontman]. Then they deported the family. They would have saved my uncle. Mengele told him to step a bit to the left, but after a little thought he went over to my aunt. He was murdered immediately….the first day. In Auschwitz. They had a daughter, Eva, who was also killed, but there's no way to tell where.

Interview details

Interviewee: Janos Dorogi
Month of interview:
February
Year of interview:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Laszlo Dorogi
Jewish name:
Eliezer Haim
Year of birth:
1906
City of birth:
Nagyvarad
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1950
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Factory management
after WW II:
Worker in a state-company
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Feigenbaum

Other Person

Ilona Brecher
Year of birth:
1895
City of birth:
Nagyvarad
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1944
City of death:
Auschwitz
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Auschwitz
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Dorogi
  • Previous family name: 
    Feigenbaum
    Year of changing: 
    1906

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