Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Lanka Ilkow - October 12, 1991


You went to school, to public school.

To public school only.

Was there a time when you had to stop going to public school? When the Hungarians came in did things change?

Uh, when the Hungarians come in I'd already didn't go to school, because I, I just went 'til I was fourteen


You see?

And your brothers and sisters?

Yeah, they was going. And uh, they had a--they start because they, they was teaching Hungarian and uh, it's a different language already. So they was keeping both languages you know, alive. Because it was hard for the kids. You speak Russia, I mean, Carpata Russian we spoke. It's different than Gross Russian. But uh, even now as uh, for so many years I don't speak the Russian but now I am you know, coming back to it because uh, of the Russian people. I speak with the Russian people it comes back to me. But it's hard.

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