Irena Wygodzka in the Tatras

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  • Photo taken in:
    Tatra Mountains
    Year when photo was taken:
    1938
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland 1919-1939
    Country name today:
    Poland

In the summer of 1938 I went to Zakopane only with my father.

I don’t know where the other members of our family were at that time. My father took this picture. He really liked photography. He took pictures whenever he could.

At outings, holidays, at home. He had a camera, he had a darkroom. It was some corner, maybe the servants' room. The camera - one of the more popular ones at the time, a Zeiss or Leica.

In the picture I am with a man we met in Zakopane during that vacation. A young married couple was staying in the hotel with us. And then we hiked in the mountains together.

I remember this hotel in Zakopane. We'd live there and eat there. It was a Jewish hotel. The owners were Jewish, the guests were mostly Jewish, too.

Almost every year we'd go on vacation. We'd leave the city for at least a month, or two. We'd take all our stuff. We'd go near Katowice, to Bystra, to Cyganski Las, sometimes to Rabka, always to southern Poland, Silesia.

I never went to the seaside before the war. Our more distant family would go with us, too, and we'd spend time there together. We'd rent cottages from peasants.

Interview details

Interviewee: Irena Wygodzka
Interviewer:
Zuzanna Schnepf
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2005
Warsaw, Poland

KEY PERSON

Irena Wygodzka
Jewish name:
Erna (Eni)
Year of birth:
1922
Decade of birth:
1920
City of birth:
Magdeburg
Country name at time of birth:
Germany
Occupation
after WW II:
Technical editor in publishing House
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Beitner
    Year of changing: 
    1945
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1940

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation
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