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2015 | 1 | 28-45

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A Piece of Late Modern Age History of Hungary through the Rombauer Family Tree



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A closed community of Lutheran Germans in the city of Lőcse (Levoča) and a family lived for centuries in this city showed three generations in the 19th century got far from their home but kept their values. A painter, a manufacturer and a teacher in different eras and environments in Hungary with the same ethic: hard work and thrift. Both originated from Lőcse: János Rombauer, the painter got to Saint Petersburg as a royal painter of Czar Alexander I and returned later to Eperjes (Prešov). Tivadar Rombauer moved close to Munkács (Мукачеве) and later to Ózd as a founder of the most famous iron foundry. Later because of his role in the Revolution he had to flee to America where he established a new life for the emergence of a new family line of his descendants. Emil got to Brassó (Brașov) where he had to cope with Saxons as a Hungarian and later to Budapest where he had to cope with the bureaucracy as a teacher and director. In both three life spans we can easily discover the essence of those values derived from their ancestors and can be characterized with the spirit of capitalism and Protestant ethic.


  • Kodolányi János University College, Fürdő u. 1, 8000, Székesfehérvár, Hungary


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