The Németh and Aniszfeld families
     *Early in 2014, the webmaster received an e-mail from a gentleman in Budapest regarding the ANISZFELD family.  I was able to put him in touch with the Geroe family, and they are indeed cousins!  They have exchanged photos, family histories and updated their family trees.  As is sometimes the case, neither branch knew very much about the other, and there was a great deal of relief and joy to make the connection.
     Below is an abbreviated family tree, followed by individual stories of two of the two branches.

1) David ANISZFELD (1844-1888) married Eszter SINGER (1844-1890)
    2) Sandor ANISZFELD (1865-1926) married Fani DRUCKER
    2) Julianna ANISZFELD (1876-1945) married Jenõ NÉMETH (1868-1945).  The story of this family is below: "Part of My Heritage".
        3) Dezsõ NÉMETH (1899-1945) married Borbala KERTESZ (1911-1945)
            4) Maria / Marika NÉMETH (1932-1945)
        3) Margit NÉMETH (1901-1944) married first Dr. Jeno FENYESI, with whom she had a son, and second Vilmos FEKETE, who died in 1944.
        3) Borbala NÉMETH who married Stephen GEROE (1900-1993).  Descendants of this family live in southern California.
    2) Hemina ANISZFELD married Gyula SZOKE.  They had two children and two grandchildren.  The two grandchildren both died in 1944.
    2) Ilona ANISZFELD (?-1944) married József REISZ.  They had 5 children.  Descendants of this family live in Hungary.
    2) Endre ANISZFELD; changed his surname to AMBRUZS; had the title of "Dr."  He married Ilong BERGI.  They had two children.
    2) Zsigmond ANISZFELD married Janka KONIG.  They had two children.  Descendants of this family live in Hungary.

"Part of My Heritage"--The Németh family
contributed by John Geroe

       I am connected to Hódmezõvásárhely through family relations.  My great-grandfather, David ANISZFELD, who established the Aniszfeld Hardware Corporation, settled there in 1864 and married Eszter SINGER.  They had seven children: sons Sándor, who turned the Aniszfeld Corporation into one of the most prestigious enterprises in town, and was a well respected President of the Jewish Community, Dr. Endre AMBRUZS, a renowned medical doctor, Zsigmond, and József, a veteran of World War I, who died of his wounds.  Their three daughters were Hermina ANISZFELD SZÖKE, Ilona ANISZFELD REISZ and Julianna ANISZFELD NÉMETH, my maternal grandmother, born in 1876.
     My grandfather Jenõ NÉMETH, owner of a large general store, married Julianna ANISZFELD.  The couple lived in Szentes and they had three children: Dezsõ, who became a dentist, Margit, and my mother, Boriska.
     In addition, my aunt Borbála (Barbara) KERTÉSZ NÉMETH, one of two daughters of Sándor KERTÉSZ, whose family settled in  Hódmezõvásárhely in 1830, and Margit nee FUCHS, was born here in 1911 Sándor (Alexander) KERTÉSZ was a wholesale textile merchant.  Finishing in the top of her graduating class, Borbála set out to go to the Medical School, but instead married Dr. Dezsõ (Desider) NÉMETH, a dentist in Szentes, and son of Julianna and Jenõ.  My lovely cousin, Marika (Maria), was their only child.  Borbála's sister, Iren Aliz, married Dr. VARADI, an attorney, and they had two children.
     Following the German occupation of Hungary on March 19, 1944, the family was taken to a ghetto in Szeged.  From there, in June 1944, they were assigned to one of the Kasztner trains* with the destination of Strasshof, Austria.  From this collecting place, the German government sent my family to a farm town in Western Austria, Göstling an der Ybbs, for farm work.  With the front approaching, on April 13, 1945, a few days before the American Army reached the town, the scared farmers invited the forced laborers to take shelter with them in their cellars.  From the group of Jewish laborers, one woman was assigned to do the necessary shopping for food.  The rest of the group was readying to go into the cellars, and hoping the Americans would arrive shortly.  During this time, Waffen-SS officer Ernst BURIAN and six SS troopers armed with bazookas and hand grenades found the group in their camp quarters.  They machine gunned the entire contingency of 76 deportees.  The youngest victims were aged two and four, while the oldest victims were Mrs. Hanni SCHIFFMANN, age 86, and my grandfather, Jenõ NÉMETH, age 78.**  The only survivor was the woman away shopping.***
     The victims were buried in a mass grave in the only Christian cemetery in town.  After the war, a commemorative obelisk, inscribed on three sides with the names of all the victims was erected.  After the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, when I escaped to Austria, I asked the Göstling an der Ybbs city officials for information about my relatives.  The Mayor sent me the information, including dates of birth of my immediate NÉMETH family.  Later, I received pictures of the obelisk.
     I'd like to say special thanks to Judy Petersen for her extraordinary work in keeping alive the flame of our Jewish heritage through her ShtetLinks page, and to JewishGen, for hosting this important and educational link.

*Webmaster note: The Kasztner trains were the result of "blood for trucks" negotiations between a group of SS, including Adolf Eichmann, and a group of Jewish leaders (the Vaada), including Rudolf (Rezsö) Kasztner, in BudapestIn exchange for money, jewelry and valuables, in 1944 some 1700 prominent and other Jews of Budapest, including several members of Kasztner's family, were taken to safety in Switzerland via a short stay in a special part of the Bergen Belsen camp.  It is unknown how much money was actually transferred to the Nazis, but the original request was for 5,000,000 Swiss francs.  In addition, as a result of the negotiations, during the deportations of late June 1944, approximately 7 trainloads totaling a little over 20,000 additional Jews from the ghettos of Baja, Debrecen, Szeged and Szolnok were diverted from transports to Auschwitz and went instead to Strasshof, Austria.  From Strasshof, the Jews were sent to a number of communities in Austria where the Germans badly needed additional slave labor for industry and agriculture.  Their treatment varied, but on the whole they were treated relatively humanely.  About 75% of them, including children and elderly, survived.

**Szabolcs Szita: Trading in Lives?  Central European University Press, 2005

***According to the website <> as a result of the trials following WWII, Ernst Burian was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labor.  He was released a mere 9 years later as part of a general Nazi amnesty in 1957.

Dr. Nemeth
Dr. Desider Németh, Marika and John                                                                         The Németh family
                     ca. 1936
Nemeth family


Obelisk in Göstling an der Ybbs
Memorial to the forced laborers killed by the Waffen-SS


Letter from the Mayor of Göstling an der Ybbs giving birth dates of the Németh family

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