[Postcard from Dr. Lipot Ornstein to Frank Orban]
Date of CreationJune 15, 1944
GenreCorrespondence & Philatelic Materials
Administrative/Biographical HistoryFrank Orban, née Ferenc Ornstein, (b. September 16, 1923, Szeged; d. September 17, 2005, Vancouver) was born into an affluent Jewish family in Hungary. In 1944, his parents, Lipot (b. July 15, 1893, Felsővist, Romania (Felsőviznice, Ukraine); d. April 13, 1945, Göstling an der Ybbs, Austria) and Olga Ornstein, née Schwartz (b. October 27, 1893, Novi Sad (Újvidék), Serbia; d. April 13, 1945, Göstling an der Ybbs, Austria), were forced out of their apartment with only a suitcase; they were first sent to the Jewish ghetto in Szeged, a three-block area surrounding the town’s synagogue and school. That same year, Frank Orban, with his friend Peter Szasz, was sent to a forced labour camp in Hungary. Frank’s girlfriend at the time, Eva, was a non-Jewish Hungarian; she kept hidden some of Frank’s family’s possessions, including a painted portrait of Frank, a painted portrait of Olga Ornstein, Frank’s mother, a diamond ring, documents and photographs. Lipot and Olga Ornstein were deported to Göstling an der Ybbs, Austria, in June 1944, and were killed by German soldiers in April, 1945, just as the war was ending and Frank was returning to Szeged from the forced labour camp. Frank changed his last name to Orban on October 28, 1946, while living in Israel, where he spent a few years before moving to Greece. Orban met and married his wife, Harriet, while he was station manager for EI AI Airline in Athens, Greece, circa 1950.
Frank Orban immigrated to Canada circa 1956, when he was hired by Canadian Pacific Airlines as Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, a job he held until 1970. Thereafter, he worked as a chemist in the Engineering Department of Canadian Pacific Airlines until his retirement. Frank was a member of The Quarter Century in Aviation Club in Vancouver and a volunteer for the Burnaby Museum.
Extent & Medium1 postcard : 10.5 x 14.6 cm
Scope & ContentItem is a postcard from Dr. Lipot Ornstein to his son Frank Orban describing the new room in the ghetto in Szeged, Dr. Lipot's health, the health of his wife, Olga, and their living conditions.