Ilona "Ilus" Solt (Eisler)

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Ilona "Ilus" Steiner (Solt) (Eisler)

Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Death: May 17, 1970 (75)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Gábor Eisler and Regina Eisler
Wife of Dr. Lajos Steiner
Mother of Ágnes Judith Kornis; Eva Veronika Magasdi and Mimi Vadász
Sister of Sarolta "Sari" Hoffman; Imre Eisler and Maria Gara (Eisler)

Managed by: William (Bill) Balint Gara
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About Ilona "Ilus" Solt (Eisler)

ILUS AS A YOUNG MOTHER Ilus was a highly educated person with a love of literature, history and languages. As a young wife, she supported her husband, Lajos, in his legal studies by reading to him from textbooks and lecture notes. She was a key figure in ensuring that he completed his law degree and went on to qualify for a doctorate.


Lajos died when only 33 years of age. Ilus was left with the care and responsibility of her three young daughters, Agnes, Eva and Mimi, then aged 8, 6, and 3 respectively. Fortunately Ilus was greatly supported in her widowhood, particularly by her father-in-law, Simon Steiner. He played a key role in caring for Ilus and her three daughters and on his death, left all his wealth to Ilus.

Ilus' eldest daughter, Agnes, recalls her grandfather Steiner as "The most wonderful man". He took Agnes on a holiday in Vienna as a reward for matriculating with honours. He bought her frocks and took er to the theatre. The Solt family holidayed with him in Sumeg every summer and other times, and played rummy and other games with him in the evenings.

ILUS AS A BUSINESS WOMAN: Ilus had many skills in regard to the design and manufacture of woolen garments. She opened a store in the main shopping street in Budapest and together with her daughters, Eva and Mimi, she ensured the store flourished.

All this changed with the occupation of the Nazis in 1942, and the following year was a time when Ilus and her daughters' lives were always under threat, particularly because of their Jewish family background- despite the fact that Ilus and her daughters had converted to Catholicism. Later, life was also very precarious after the take-over of Hungary by the Soviet Communists.

ILUS AS THE FAMILY MATRIARCH In 1949 Ilus led her family in hair-raising episodes fleeing from the Communist regime. After being in refugee camps in Salzburg, they eventually departed for Adelaide on the ship Skalgum, arriving there in 1949.

Ilus taught her family to speak English and provided a great deal of leadership and loving guidance as they established themselves in their new home, Adelaide. In a real sense, she was the "matriarch" of the family.

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Ilona "Ilus" Solt (Eisler)'s Timeline

April 16, 1895
Budapest, Hungary
December 16, 1916
July 3, 1918
Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, Hungary
May 17, 1970
Age 75
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia