Kitty, Catherine (Weiss) Schneider was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 25, 1905. Kitty left New York after her father Cornelius Weiss married a worker from his U.S. Navy garment factory and set up two households. When Kitty was 18, she got on a ship from New York for rest and recuperation for a visit to Budapest, Hungary. Kitty ended up living in Hungary for ten years from 1925-1935 before returning to the U.S.
Beatrice Schneider Karpati was born in 1915 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. When she was 8 years old, she went back to Budapest with her brother Eugene and parents Andrew and Margaret Schneider. She married Gyorgy Karpati in Budapest, Hungary and they had a son, Peter Karpati.
Bobby, Robert Schneider, the filmmaker's father, was born in Budapest in 1928 and left Hungary when he was seven years old. He forgot the Hungarian language after he came to the U.S. and never set foot in Hungary again.
Julius Schneider was born on August 29, 1890 in Budapest, Hungary. When Julius was 11, he and his brother Andrew came to New York. Julius was working as a bartender in Atlantic City when he went back to Hungary in 1925 to help his brother build homes. Julius married Kitty in 1928 in Budapest , Hungary. After returning to the U.S. in 1935, they lived in New York, Miami, Atlantic City, and Hollywood, California.
Lynn Schneider, Producer and Director , BUDAPEST: AN AMERICAN QUEST
A Family's Journey to 1920s Hungary