Panni Koltai with her sisters

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  • Photo taken in:
    Bélapátfalva
    Year when photo was taken:
    1930
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary

This is a picture of me with my sisters in Belapatfalva in 1930. I'm the one on the left, next to me in the funny male swimming suit is Bozsi Spiegel, nee Friedmann and on her right is Piri Deri, nee Friedmann, with her first husband Gyula Krausz behind her. My sister didn't have her swimming suit on her when we went on this excursion and it was possible to bathe in this lake. I didn't have one either, you can see that I'm wearing a dress. And my sister took the swimming suit of one of the kids and was showing off in it.

We went on excursions every Sunday on a big wagon. It's the kind of flat wagon used for transporting furniture. You can still see them, but they are not much in use any more. Gyula Krausz had such a furniture transporting wagon and every Sunday we went to Belepatfalva, Ostoros, and to many other places. Once the family went on the lake in a boat and the boat turned over they fell into the water. It was an adventure because the boat was full; we had many children with us. We were standing on the shore watching this with Dad and Bozsi. We didn't get into the boat, because i didn't like boat rides. And the lake was rather dirty, too. But they went, and the boat went swinging and hey presto, suddenly the whole company fell into the water. Fortunatelya everybody could swim. In Eger everybody could swim. So, we had a good laugh. But everybody had wet clothes on and we were thinking how to dry them. They undressed and we had a few rugs with us but they had holes in them. My brother-in-law, Gyula, put on a rug that had a hole on the back where it shouldn't have one. So, it was big fun, trying to see what could be seen from him.

Interview details

Interviewee: Panni Koltai
Interviewer:
Eszter Andor
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2003
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Bozsi Spiegel
Year of birth:
1910
City of birth:
Eger
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:
Self-employed craftsman in non-elite crafts
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Friedmann
    Year of changing: 
    1937
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Piri Deri
Year of birth:
1906
City of birth:
Eger
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1972
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Office clerk
after WW II:
Office clerk
  • Previous family name: 
    Friedmann
    Year of changing: 
    1926
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
  • Previous family name: 
    Krausz
    Reason for changing: 
    Remarriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1940s
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