Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Albert Fein - February 19, 2005

Education Before the War

And this is also Russian.

Yeah. This was Mukachevo, Uzhorod, yeah. So, this was the border, the Hungarian--I started school there. I went to a Hebrew school. Hebrew speaking l...

To che...to cheder.

Not a cheder. A cheder, this was separate. This was...

Oh, you mean like a day school.

A day school--a regular school--this was a private school. We had to pay for it--actually my parents paid for it. And I was there--this was about two miles away from our house. It was in the city--the school--in the beginning. I was there for two years and then the Hungarian came, it changed. This was 19...1930...


...before '36.

Thirty-eight, I think they came in.

Yeah. This was a private school so they have to, have to rent the building. In the meantime, they was building a school for us. Only it takes time so we was for a year or, or so--we didn't have a school place so they rented in certain areas. Then in 1937 was when it started to really--in Europe the movement of Nazism. There was a lot of changes in the society. Uh, people was--the Hungarian perceived from, from--this was probably by, by agreement, the Czechs gave up part of Carpathian Rus and Slovensko. So the Hungarian took over this, this area where we was living--Uzhorod--Ungvár. It changed to Ungvár.

So did, did you know about Admiral Horthy and...

Yes. Horthy was the regent in--of Hungary.

Of Hungary. So, he never came to Uzhorod, did he?

No I, no I don't think so.

The Arrow Cross party, did they come?

I don't think so, because you know, I was a kid.

How large was your...

A lot of things going on that I don't know and wouldn't talk about it.

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