Thank you, John #hungary


Giselle Bodziony
 

Dear John

Thank you very much for your touching lines - and that you had time and strenght to write them. Intuitively I believe that my grandfather might have escaped the same way out of the train as you did - but maybe it's only a straw I grasp at because I can't possibly imagine any other way my grandfather could have got to Budapest.
As I had no reliable documents and traces I've been investigating for more than 7 years (actually 32 years, 7 years more intensely) after my grandfather's and his family's faith.
My grandfather was born in Zsujta, but in 1926 he moved to Miskolc, where he opened his lawyer's office. As he and his son (Endre) arrived to Budapest, they were used as labor servicemen. Several documents point out that my grandfather tried to make himself 10 years younger - maybe hoping to survive that way. A Genner >from this lyrislist once described the circumstances under which my grandfather and uncle died - this too is based on memories, nevertheless they're very important information to me.

Dear John, I have an inmost request to you: please tell the youth about your life and your experiences so that they know the truth, how it really was - so it never be forgot. I ask you to talk also in the name of those who can't talk anymore.

I thank you very much.

With all the best wishes,


Giselle Bodziony, Z├╝rich

This is in response to Gisella Bodziony's inquiry
about her Schwarz relatives >from Miskolc. I have
noted that her three relatives Schwarz Erno born 1885,
his wife Grosz Erzsebet born 1899 and their son Endre
born 1926 are listed among those deported from
Miskolc. I cannot account for how the two men got to
Budapest after they were deported. I do know that
there are some people on this list who are mentioned
as deported who were not deported to Auschwitz. What
is even worse, I presume there are many who were
deported who are not on the list because the survivors
did not know of them or did not report them to the
Jewish Community.

I know of one way that the two male relatives could
have gotten to Budapest. In 1944 the final Miskolc
ghetto was in a brick factory. One day a Hungarian
army captain called for men who were between the ages
of 16 and 45. These were taken as labor servicemen to
Jolsva and later transported by cattle car past
Budapest. They could have jumped off the train before
Budapest or later as the train doors were not locked.
I know, because I jumped off the train and was able to
get to Budapest. Of course, there could be other
explanation as to how they got to Budapest.
Unfortunately, I did not know any of Gisella's
relatives.
John (Janos) Kovacs

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