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Mieczyslaw Najman

Swinoujscie, Polsko

Mieczyslaw Najman
Swinoujscie 
Poland
Interviewer: Tomasz Kluz 
Date of interview: November 2005

Despite his ninety years of age, Mr. Najman is a very vigorous man.

He tells the story of his life in a rapid manner, missing words, making frequent digressions...

You can hear in his voice the characteristic melodic drawl of pre-war Poland's eastern territories and the hard consonants of Yiddish.

He also frequently uses dialect expressions and phrases.

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Stefan Minc in Walbrzych, 1948

This is me in 1947 or 1948, in Walbrzych.

After the war, in March 1946 I returned home from the Soviet Union with my wife, Maria.

At the beginning I was in Lodz. There was nobody left from my closest family, and Bela, my fiancee was also gone.

I was continually in touch with my uncle Adolf Fajner, the one who lived in Manchester. After the war he played the role of a link between the family members who were still alive.

Zygmunt Minc with friends

This is Zygmunt Minc, my father’s brother, in front of a guesthouse, surrounded by friends..

He’s second from left. This is probably taken in Krynica. Probably in 1947, 1948.

My grandparents lived in Warsaw. Their home was in a very elegant place, on Smolna Street, opposite what is now the drugstore at the corner of Smolna and Nowy Swiat, on the third floor.

The house was destroyed in WWII. That's where the two eldest sons of my grandparents were born: Bernard Mintz, who later became a doctor, and my father - Izydor Jozef.

Wladyslaw, Bernard and Adam Minc

This picture was taken when the Pilsudski Hill was being built, after Pilsudski’s death, in Cracow, near the Kosciuszko Hill.

Here, on the left is my brother Wladyslaw Minc and in the middle there is our uncle Bernard Minc.

On the right there is my cousin Adam Minc, the son of my father’s youngest brother - uncle Zygmunt Minc.

My father's older brother, Bernard, completed his medical studies in Vienna around 1908-9.

There he married Schwester, I mean the sister superior whose name was Maria (people called her Mitzi).

Mitzi Minc

It's my uncle's, Bernard's, wife - Maria Minc called Mitzi.

My father's older brother, Bernard, completed his medical studies in Vienna around 1908-9.

There he married Schwester, I mean the sister superior whose name was Maria (people called her Mitzi).

She was a native of Vienna, and although there are many Catholics in Vienna, she was a protestant.

She was not Jewess. Until 1926 they lived in Lodz, at 6 Plac Wolnosci [Freedom Square].

Uncle Bernard Minc skiing

This is a picture of my uncle, father's brother - dr. Bernard Minc, skiing in a forest near Cracow. This was probably taken about 1936.

My grandparents: Adolf and Roza Mintz lived in Warsaw.

Their home was in a very elegant place, on Smolna Street, opposite what is now the drugstore at the corner of Smolna and Nowy Swiat, on the third floor.

That's where the two eldest sons of my grandparents were born: Bernard Mintz, who later became a doctor, and my father - Izydor Jozef.

Izydor Minc

This is my father Izydor Jozef Mintz. We spelled our name the same way, with a 'tz,' until the 1930s.

This picture was taken in 1925 or 1926, in Krynica, in front of the guesthouse where he was staying.

Jozef was my father’s middle name, I don't know if it was on his birth certificate, but he was called Jozio not Izydor in the family, though his first name was Izydor.

My father was an engineer, specializing in electric technology. He graduated from Russkoye Realnoye Uchilishche in Warsaw.

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