Márk Pick’s Grave

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Jewish Grave
SITE OVERVIEW
Márk Pick’s, world-famous salami maker’s simple, obelisk-shaped gravestone can be found in the Jewish cemetery of Szeged. Márk Pick (Szeged, 1843 – Budapest, 1892) started his career as a sales assistant, and then he became a tradesman in 1869. He worked as a corn-merchant from 1870 until the ‘80s. He also tried small-scale salami production from the mid ‘70s. This location of this grave is: Parcel 6, line 12, grave 16
GENERAL
Márk Pick’s, world-famous salami maker’s simple, obelisk-shaped gravestone can be found in the Jewish cemetery of Szeged. Márk Pick (Szeged, 1843 – Budapest, 1892) started his career as a sales assistant, and then he became a tradesman in 1869. He worked as a corn-merchant from 1870 until the ‘80s. He also tried small-scale salami production from the mid ‘70s. He married Katalin Weisz, daughter of the rabbi of Lugos (Salamon Weisz) in 1880. The couple had four children: Jenő, a salami producer, Móric, an architect, who also managed the salami factory in Erlaub in Austria), Lajos (Petri), a sculptor and Margit (Countess Mrs. Berchtold Artúr). In 1881, he advertised his business and products, including paprika from Szeged in the Austrian printed media. In 1883, he returned from his Italian tour with Italian skilled workers and continued his salami producing activities. He made numerous attempts to develop the perfect salami recipe and his efforts were soon crowned. In 1885, the press of the Hungarian capital also mentioned his salami business, although he only acquired permit for salami production in 1886. He built his first salami factory in 1888, along with a paprika and millet steam mill. As a religious Jew, Márk Pick did not consume his own products, pork salamis, made in the factory. He was an honoured member of the Jewish community as well as that of the city. He financially supported railway development, building the New Synagogue, local schools and organizations. Unfortunately, he could not live to see the world success of his winter salamis; he died at the age of 48 in 1892. His widow, then his elder son Jenő carried on his business.
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