No idea on Singer's background. He did leave Hungary in the early
>1930s or so - at least Ernest Csuka did. Csuka's son told me that his
>dad spoke Hungarian as his native language - so they can't have left
>much before he was born, or he would have spoken French only.
>Assuming he was Jewish, progroms in Hungary started only after WW II
>had begun in
>1939. By then, Singer already had opened his shop in Paris (1938).
>Judging from the address in his first ads, he had a shop a few houses
>up or down the street at first... That said, some people saw the
>writing on the wall, and of course, many places weren't too friendly
>to Jews even before the Germans arrived.
How does this relate to the bikes?
BTW, a 2+ hour interview with M. Csuka on the history and philosophy of the company will be published soon. I'll keep the list posted on when and where.
Jan Heine, Seattle