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Herman Beitner

This is a studio portrait of my father, Herman Beitner. It was taken in the 1920s in Katowice, but I don’t know exactly when and in what studio.

Father was calm, he was good, not talkative, very liberal towards his children, towards the world. He had blond hair, blue eyes. He had a very friendly face. He wore a suit. He had to dress properly, because he went to courts, for hearings.

Zosia Laks visiting Katowice

This is a picture of my sister Zosia Laks nee Beitner standing next to a monument commemorating Jews from Katowice. This picture was taken in 1998.

Both my sisters got married. Their husbands were born in Israel, but their parents were from Poland. My sisters didn't visit me often in Poland. Jadzia came once in 1958. She only visited me again recently, a month ago.

Zosia came here several months ago for some celebrations. She was also in Katowice for the opening of the monument of the Katowice synagogue.

Stanislaw Wygodzki signing his book’s

This is a picture of my husband, Stanislaw Wygodzki. In the picture he is signing his books. I’m not sure which book it was, but something published in the 1960s, when the picture was taken.

My husband started writing in the 1920s. His first book was published in 1935 in Moscow, it was poetry [the 'Apel' ('Assembly') volume of poetry was published in Moscow in 1933].

Irena Wygodzka with a delegation from Israel in Auschwitz

This is a picture of a delegation from Israel visiting Auschwitz in 1963.

It was taken during the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto. I am standing third the right.

In 1963 my cousin from Israel, Fredka, visited us. She had run away from Poland during the war, to Hungary and later went from Hungary to Palestine. She came for the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

Irena Wygodzka with a delegation from Israel in Auschwitz

This is a picture of a delegation from Israel visiting Auschwitz.

It was taken during the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto. I am standing second from the right.

In 1963 my cousin from Israel, Fredka, visited us. She had run away from Poland during the war, to Hungary and later went from Hungary to Palestine.

Irena Wygodzka in the Tatry Mountains

This is a picture of me, Irena Wygodzka, taken in the Tatry Mountains in the 1950s.

When we arrived in Poland in 1947 we were forced to change our personal data. The authorities explained that first and last names should be Polish and not other.

Other meant Jewish. There was even an ordinance about this. My husband changed his name to Stanislaw and I - to Irena. As the names of my parents I put: Barbara and Henryk Lewicki, instead of Beitner, and of my husband's:

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