Sárospatak Vintage Photos
In 2007, Amethyst and I visited my ancestral home in Sárospatak, Hungary. On our last evening, we had dinner in a wonderful restaurant called Vár Vendéglő Panzió where we had one of the best meals of our journey. We looked at the walls and realized that we had found a treasure trove – historical records we had been looking for! On the walls were original photos from the 19th and early 20th century showing life in our ancestors’ village. The owners allowed us to photograph the framed photos. I apologize for the glare and rotation issues but they are still remarkable. In my imagination, I can see my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins walking down these streets. I would enjoy hearing from anyone who has additional photos from this era in Hungary. And if you can translate any of the captions in the photos, please contact me and I will add them.
Sárospatak is the home of my Hungarian ancestors. My grandfather Carl Schwartz (aka Marki Kalman) was born in this little town on the Bodrog River in the state of Zemplen, Hungary. My grandmother was born nearby. They would not say much about their town. And only after returning from our visit, did we find out why. We discovered that although Sárospatak was a very well known city in the 18th and 19th century, and was called the “Athens of Europe”, its history in the Holocaust was tragic and horrifying to its Jewish residents.