Rozsi Schwarz and Piri Deri

Rozsi Schwarz and Piri Deri
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  • Photo taken in:
    Eger
    Year when photo was taken:
    1909
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Kiss Jozsef muterme, Eger, Ersek utca 9
These are my sisters Rozsi Schwarz, nee Friedmann, (on the left) and Piri Deri, nee Friedmann (on the right). The photo must have been taken around 1909 in Eger. We were four girls in the family. I was born in 1915, Bozsi in 1910, Rozsi in 1908, and Piri was born in 1906. She was a very beautiful girl. Piri always ran away from home. Once she ran away to the neighbors and they were standing over her at a loss, wondering who she could be. She was a nice blond little girl and she could already talk, only she couldn't tell what her name was and who her father was. And finally they found out who she was because she kept saying, 'He is always ironing, he is always ironing'. And so they realized that if he was always ironing, she could only be the tailor's daughter. When we were little, we had a trough and we bathed in the trough one after the other. I remember the times when I had to bathe after my sister Bozsi: it took her a very long time to get out of it and I was angry with her. But we couldn't have done it otherwise because there wasn't enough water [for everyone to get washed separately]. Once a week before Sabbath we heated water for bathing in a laundry pot. We had a regular stove in the kitchen, which we heated with wood. Looking back at my childhood, I have to say that it was absolutely untroubled. It wasn't an issue if we were Jews or not. We were on very friendly terms with our neighbors. We didn't get together but we got on well. In school [non-Jewish] children were told that on Saturday they had to write the stuff in our student's record and everything was going well. Nobody touched us, all the more so because my dad was a very honest and decent craftsman.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Rozsi Schwarz
Year of birth:
1908
City of birth:
Eger
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1968
City of death:
Eger
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Friedmann
    Year of changing: 
    1928
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
  • Previous family name: 
    Schwarz
    Reason for changing: 
    Remarriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1940s

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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