Magda Erdelyiova with friends on a trip in the High Tatras

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    Tatra Mountains
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938
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In 1938 or 1939, my sister organized a trip to the High Tatras. In the photo from left to right: the veterinarian Dr. Klement, who changed his name from Klein. In those days he was courting my sister. I don’t recognize the girl beside him, then there’s my sister Magda Erdeliyova, and the man on the right I don’t recognize either.

They still accepted my sister into university, back in 1938. She was very talented. She attended the State Music Conservatory in Prague. Besides music she also studied English. Right when the Germans occupied Prague in 1939 she had to stop her studies. By coincidence, our mother was visiting her at the time. When she was returning home, at Kuty, to the great surprise of the train passengers, there was a customs check. My sister returned, and made use of her music and English studies to give lessons. One of her pupils was the son of a highly placed Guardist, so he looked the other way and she didn’t need any documents.

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Interviewee: Heda Ambrova
Martin Korcok
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Piestany, Slovakia


Magda Erdelyiova
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Czechoslovakia 1918-1938
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before WW II
before WW II:
University student

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