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Prewar leisure activities in Szeged

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2019.432 | RG Number: RG-60.7053 | Film ID: 4430

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    Prewar leisure activities in Szeged


    Kodak Safety Film logo. Title card: “Most Ugrik A Majom A Vizbe - és más bohóságok”. More titles in Hungarian throughout the reel, some humorous, some identifying individual people, presumably appearing in the following sequences. Man plays tennis. He sits in a dimly lit room, speaking. Large sports field, spectators gather in the stands. Man dives in water. 01:55 Pető checks the water temperature. Reverse shots. Filming from behind the steering wheel in a moving vehicle. Nice close shots of seated spectators. Soccer team. Men boating and fishing. Farmers moving bales of hay with horse-drawn carriages. CU, Endre Kardos, good friend of Pető, drives motorboat. 04:54 Kardos and other men arrive in Szeged city and get out of a vehicle, they drink coffee, read newspapers. Sign: “Pető Sorsjegy” shop and storefront with advertisements. INTs, class lottery business, customers. Marika, the niece of Pető, and János, the nephew of Pető, exit their apartment in Szeged, with their nanny. Toddler János pushes a carriage. Marika walks along the streets with her aunt Rózsa Pető (older sister of Gyorgy), they pass in front of the lottery shop. More street scenes with the children. János relieves himself outdoors. Boy poses with Aunt Rose for camera. Film ends 08:26
    Event:  1938 September
    Szeged, Hungary
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Dr. Katalin Pető
    Camera Operator: György Pető
    György Pető (Dec 20, 1906-1971) was a talented violin player, photographer, and class lottery businessman in the southern Hungarian city of Szeged. He began making 8mm films in 1938. Pető was first in a Jewish forced labor company in Kiszombor in 1940. After returning home, Pető married Eva Lengyel (d. 1970) on September 8, 1941. They had a son, András, on October 3, 1943. Pető was again transported to the Ukraine with another forced labor batallion, where he was captured, and imprisoned in a Soviet POW camp near Zaporozje. He escaped somehow and returned to Szeged. The Jews from Szeged, including Eva, baby András, and many Lengyel family members, were deported during the summer of 1944. They were transported to Strasshof and later to Neunkirchen (Austria) where baby András and Eva's mother and father died. Pető’s mother Zseni was killed at Auschwitz. His brother László died. Eva returned to Szeged in 1945; Pető followed one month later. In 1946, Eva and György had a second child, Katalin Pető. When all of Pető’s property was confiscated by the communist regime in Hungary in 1949, he escaped with his family to the city of Budapest where he established himself as viola player in the Budapest Operetta Theater.

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    Film Provenance
    Dr. Katalin Pető authorized the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to make high-resolution digital scans of the original 8mm films in February 2019. The transfers were completed at the Austrian Filmmuseum in Vienna. Dr. Pető donated digital copies of the 33 films to the Museum's Spielberg Fillm Archive in October 2019.
    János Pető (nickname Janika) born 1936 is the son of Pető László (brother of Győrgy ) and Lili Wolf. His older sister is Marika Pető. They were both killed in an air raid shelter in the cellar during the bombardament of Budapest.
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    8mm Kodak safety film at 24fps
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    Dr. Katalin Pető
    File Number
    Source Archive Number: Reel 1
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 08:05:08
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