Hungarian interview - Mrs. Csok

MHSO, and Carmela Patrias, Hungarian interview - Mrs. Csok, 1976.

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Creator MHSO
Carmela Patrias
Title Hungarian interview - Mrs. Csok
Published MHSO, and Carmela Patrias, Hungarian interview - Mrs. Csok, 1976.
Identifier nlc-bnc.bvas.nlc-bnc.bvas.hungarian.8
Subject Csok, Mrs.
Hungarian Canadian
Oral history
Language English
Media Audio
Contributor Alouette Canada
Description Mrs. Csók was born in 1905, in Tiszaszàlka, Bereg County, Hungary. Her father had previously been to the U.S. three times. Her family had been hurt by Hungary's losses following World War I. Mrs. Csók and her husband (then fiancé) came to Canada in part because their families did not approve of their proposed marriage, as she was Roman Catholic and he was Presbyterian. . Mr. Csók came to Canada (Winnipeg) first and was joined by Mrs. Csók in 1928. They then moved to Toronto in 1937, and opened one of the first Hungarian restaurants in the city—the Beverly Restaurant. They later sold restaurant, and Mr. Csók went to work for the TTC and later a paint factory. Mrs. Csók worked in a chocolate factory and also a seamstress. She talks about the beginnings of the Hungarian Roman Catholic congregation, and the Hungarian House. Mrs. Csók also mentions problems between Hungarians from different regions of Hungary, and her impressions of Post WWII Hungarian immigrants. The interview ends with her memories of the anti-Hungarian attitude in Canada during World War II— they were labeled 'Nazis,' and found it difficult to get jobs.
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