Register : Paper : Printed, Typed, Handwritten : Ink : Beige, White, Black, Red: Green, Blue ; Ht: 29 cm x W: 21 cm
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March 15, 1944-September 30, 1944
Register is 2 pages, double-sided. Folded once horizontally and once vertically. Contains a list of objects taken into custody by Sandor Jeszenszky of the town of Mátészalka. The list is typed within a printed form, and dated April 19, 1944. The objects, belonging to Menyhért Székács, were given to Jeszenszky for safekeeping on March 16, 1944. He gave them over to the local police on April 19th due to a sense of danger that he would be robbed of these items. This is the list of objects (including silver cutlery, candle sticks, and other table accessories). Timetable is 1 page of graph paper, single-sided. Folded once horizontally and once vertically. Document is a handwritten guideline for the daily feeding of domestic animals (horses, cows, pigs and poultry), for the period from March 15 to September 30, 1944. Both documents were contained in a white envelope which was sent via airmail to Elaine Naves in Montreal, from Agnes Walkó in Budapest, Hungary. Envelope has 4 identical green-and-white postage stamps affixed in a horizontal row at top right corner, with a fifth red-and-white stamp affixed underneath. Narrative: Donor is Elaine Kalman Naves, daughter of Gusztáv and Anikó Weinberger. Gusztáv returned from the front to learn that 34 members of his extended family, including his wife and small daughter Évike, had been deported to Auschwitz. Only one cousin returned. He remarried Anikó Schwartz and they had two daughters, Elaine and Judith. Menyhért Székács was a maternal uncle of Gusztáv's. Agnes Walkó is Gusztáv's first cousin, now ninety-three years old. This collection of correspondence was used as part of the research for the following book: Kalman Naves, Elaine. Journey to Vaja: Reconstructing the World of a Hungarian-Jewish Family. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1996. Print.