Mendu Kahan with his wife Herminka

Mendu Kahan with his wife Herminka
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  • Photo taken in:
    Uzhgorod
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938
    Country name today:
    Ukraine

This is my oldest brother, Mendu, who used to call himself Ubul, and his wife Herminka. This photograph was probably taken in Uzhgorod, perhaps on some outing, I don't know, around 1936 or 1937. It's from quite a bit before the war.

Today my brother would be over 100 years old. I was born in 1923, and he was definitely around 30 years older than I. He must have been born sometime at the end of the 19th century. He was a journalist. He definitely had some sort of education, probably high school, otherwise he wouldn't have been able to do that. Or maybe he only had talent. His mother tongue was Hungarian.

His wife was a clever, educated lady, who worked as a clerk. She spoke German well, and then thanks to this in the concentration camp she helped us, because thanks to her German she was working in the office there. But she didn't have it easy either. In 1944 she gave birth to a son, but then she and her husband went straight to Auschwitz. Thanks to Grandma she didn't have to carry the baby around with her, so she survived and then lived in Budapest. Neither her child nor her husband, my brother, survived. He probably died sometime in 1944 or 1945.

Interview details

Interviewee: Agi Sofferová
Interviewer:
Zuzana Strouhova
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2006
Znojmo, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Mendu Kahan
Year of birth:
1895
City of birth:
Mukachevo
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
City of death:
Auschwitz
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Auschwitz
Occupation
before WW II:
Journalist

Other Person

Hermina Kahan
Died:
after WW II

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