Elizabeth Pathy Salett
Elizabeth “Liz” Pathy Salett was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1937. Her family lived in Alexandria, Egypt, where her father served as Consul General representing Hungary in Egypt. She attended the all-girl’s English Girls’ College, a K-12 British day school during World War II.
In this interview, Liz discusses the various protocols her family followed during bombing campaigns and her time spent collecting shrapnel the morning after bombs fell near their neighborhood. She speaks about the normalization of war and her family members that were in Hungary during World War II. She also shares information about László Almásy, whom her father knew and who is portrayed as the protagonist in the film, The English Patient. Liz describes her immediate reactions to the film and the essay she wrote about it, which was published in the Washington Post and ultimately impacted the discussion about the historical accuracy of the film.
Interviewee: Elizabeth “Liz” Pathy Salett
Interviewers: Isaiah Reese, Ethan O’Malley, and Trish Rana; Marcy Brown and Stan Salett in attendance
Archival Processor: Isaiah Reese
Copyeditor: Anton Weintraub and Erica Fugger
Date: June 27, 2018
Location: Chestertown, Maryland
Session Number: 1
Project: National Home Front Project
Interview Contributor: Washington College – HFL
Accession Number: SalettElizabeth_HFL-OH_081018