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Zimits Ferenc (later Bontay Ferenc after name change due to nationalistic laws) served with distinction on both the Italian front and the Eastern front in Galicia, was decorated for bravery, and (most important from our point of view, as his descendants) he managed to survive the war. He made his way home after the armistice and married his sweetheart Emike (Lusker Adél), who was a schoolteacher at the time. In 1921 he entered the employment of Prince Batthyányi-Strattman as a forester on the Batthyányi estates in Körmend, Hungary. In Feb. 1930 he was named a regular member of Hungary’s National Forestry Association (Országos Erdészeti Egyesület).
He died before I was born, yet he feels like someone I’ve known all my life due to my grandmother who told me stories about him all the time.
Thanks for sharing
My family emigrated from a small town there at the dawn of WWI. I hope to visit there one day–my understanding is that the WWs were pretty tough there.