Residents of Poroskő

These are photographs of 19th century residents of Poroskő, Ung Megye, Hungary.  There is also a description of Poroskő by an early-20th century resident.  Click on thumbnails to enlarge.

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Fani Schonberger Friedman, born in Nagy Kapos, married Samuel Friedman and lived in Poroskő as tenant farmers. Mother of William Friedman.

Photo taken in Varanno at "Elvira fenyirdaja" Elvira Photo Studio, date unknown.

William Friedman, born in Poroskő 1862, third from left (name WILLIAM printed below)

This photograph was taken at a family reunion at Heviz spa in 1936.

It is possible, but unknown, if others at this reunion may have lived in Poroskő.

Katz Family, all born in Poroskő, taken in Munkacs about 1917.

From left: (front row) Rose (Katz) Bernstein, Nathan Katz, Salli (Zeesil Bernstein) Katz, Rivkah Katz. (Rose and Rivkah are daughters of Nathan and Salli).

(Back row. the 4 Katz brothers, from left): Abe, Emil, Marton, Sam.

Katz family, like the Friedmans, were loggers and farmers. They were also related to the Bernstein family (see memories of former resident, below.)

Photograph contributed by Debra K. Heath.

In August 1997, Ruth Saul spoke by phone to a distant Friedman cousin Freda H. L.,  then living in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. who was born and lived in Poroskő until she and some of her family emigrated when she was about 9 or 10 years old. She was 92 years old in 1997, and very sharp and with a very good memory still. Thus, she would have been born in 1905.  Most of her family went to Auschwitz.

When she lived in Poroskő,  theirs was a very large long house with a separate summer kitchen and large barns. The Budapest relatives came for vacations because it was such a beautiful country place and they had a very large home. They had 9 acres and the property was U shaped with a road going into the U. It went to the Snake River (Ung) with a tributary called the Pupack (phonetic spelling) where they skated in the winter. They had cattle and were also butchers. The cemetery was very large and had a fence around it. The apple trees were good delicious apples and there were many large willow trees. She liked to lie under the apple trees and read. The house was big and the picture frames were real gilt and the bedcovers were heavy woven tapestry.

The Friedmans and Bernsteins were distant relatives.

She went to Perecin, a town we passed on our drive to Poroshkovo, to see a doctor, because she had a problem with her eyes and the doctor said it was because she had very heavy long hair and it should be cut. She says her eyes are still good!

The mayor's building that we visited used to be the jail. Ruth Saul asked her about the beautiful porcelain tile stove we saw there.  In Freda's home they also had a porcelain stove that went clear to the ceiling. She even remembers how many chimneys they had.


Jewish cemetery

Photos of Poroshkovo

Poroshkovo Home

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