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Radnóti´s certficate
in the State School of Textile Industry of Reichenberg

Between 1927 and 1928 he studied at the State School of Textile Industry in Reichenberg (today Liberec), Czechoslovakia on request of his guardian. “The school is a nonsense. I cannot understand a word, because lectures are in German and because we are taught very difficult specialized subjects. I miss the 8th class of high school. […] It is quite funny when I stand there in front of a roaring machine, covered with oil and sweat, and tugging at the handles. As I have no practice, I spoil everything…”[1] He only had success in designing which required artistic sensitivity: “But there is also a beautiful subject, Musterzeichen, pattern design. During these lessons I set my fantasy free and I produce designs that make our professor cry. «I never had such a student», he says.”[2] His success in designing was not accidental: his surviving designs and cartoons bear witness to his skilfull hand. Instead of becoming absorbed in his studies he rather wrote poems, went on excursions and went in for sport.

text by
Babus Antal

All of the following materials, texts and images,
I have copied from an excellent site dedicated to Radnóti Miklós.