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Ilma (Roth) Lichtig poses with her daughter Adrienne in Budapest.

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    Ilma (Roth) Lichtig poses with her daughter Adrienne in Budapest.
    Ilma (Roth) Lichtig poses with her daughter Adrienne in Budapest.

    Overview

    Caption
    Ilma (Roth) Lichtig poses with her daughter Adrienne in Budapest.
    Date
    Circa 1943
    Locale
    Budapest, [Pest-Pilis-Solt-Kiskun] Hungary
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Adrienne Lichtig Petrook

    Rights & Restrictions

    Photo Source
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Adrienne Lichtig Petrook
    Source Record ID: Collections: 2001.311.1

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    Administrative Notes

    Artifact Photographer
    Max Reid
    Biography
    Adrienne Petrook (born Adrienne Lichtig) is the only daughter of Ilma (Roth) and Elek Lichtig (who were distant relatives). She was born November 14, 1941 in Budapest, where her father owned a commercial art and architectural design studio, and her mother was a professional hat maker. Both her parents hailed from towns in the former Czechoslovakia (Ilma from Uzhorod, Transcarpathia, and Elek from Eperjes, Slovakia). In 1939 Adrienne's parents applied to the Czechoslovak embassy in Budapest for Czech citizenship for Ilma's mother, Szerena Roth, and her three brothers, Victor, Andrew, and Elmer Roth. When their application was accepted, the Roth and Lichtig families applied for American immigration visas under the Czech quota. Meanwhile, in September 1940, Elek Lichtig was drafted into the Hungarian labor service, and in March 1941 Victor Roth married a Hungarian Catholic by the name of Erzsébet Szeles. Following the enactment of legislation barring Jews in Hungary from owning real estate, the Roth family in Uzhorod arranged to transfer all their property to Erzsébet in August 1941. For her part, Erzsébet prepared a will in which she left all her possessions to her mother-in-law, Szerena Roth. In the fall of 1941, the Roth and Lichtig families were granted immigration visas to the U.S., but only Szerena Roth and her sons were able to leave. Elek and Ilma were unable to travel because Ilma was pregnant with Adrienne. On November 14, 1942 Erzsébet gave her niece, Adrienne, a doll for her first birthday. The doll was named "Boszi Baba" (Elizabeth doll). As the political situation deteriorated Erzsébet stepped in to help the Lichtig family acquire false papers and find hiding places in Budapest. For a time she transferred Adrienne to a non-Jewish family in Budjo, a village near Budapest. After the liberation of Hungary, the family reunited. Elek Lichtig tried to rebuild his studio in Budapest, but following the Communist takeover in 1948, decided to take his family to the West. The Lichtigs lived in Salzburg, Austria for several years until immigrating to the United States in 1950. After the war Erzsébet Szeles joined her husband, Victor Roth, in the U.S.
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