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Jadwiga Mendelson in her family’s prewar home

This is a picture of my sister Jadzia (Jadwiga). It was taken at our home in Katowice, some time in the 1930s.

Jadzia was the youngest of all the siblings. She was born in 1933. I loved Jadzia. She was so sweet and pretty.

I called her 'Jadziulka.' Before the war Jadzia didn't manage to start school, so she had no schooling. My little sister was six years old when the war broke out.

Natan Beitner and sister Zosia Laks

This is a picture of my younger sister Zosia and my older brother Natan. It was taken on vacation in Bystra in the 1930s.

Zosia was very close to Natan, our brother. She adored him and he was nice to her, good and kind. Not like I was to her. I remember that I once took her hand and put it on a hot light bulb. Zosia annoyed me, because I had to take her everywhere with me.

Irena Wygodzka with her relatives

This is a picture of me and my relatives on vacation in Bystra. It was taken in the 1930s. I am in the center of this picture.

In the picture there are, from left: my siblings Zosia and Natan, me in the center, my cousin Nacek (Nachman) Beitner, my sister Jadzia. Aronek, the younger brother of Nachman, is lying on the ground and Abram Manela is standing on our arms.

Jadwiga Mendelson in her father’s office

This is a picture of my younger sister Jadzia (Jadwiga) using my father’s telephone. It was taken in the 1930s at our home in Katowice.

Father's office was in our apartment. There were five rooms there, Father had one room for himself, but it was also the dining room.

Apart from Father’s office there was the parents' bedroom and our, the children's bedroom.There was a kitchen, a small room for the servant, a bathroom with a bathtub and running water. There was a separate toilet, even two.

Irena Wygodzka in the Tatras mountains

My father took this picture of me on a rock in Dolina Koscieliska.

It was in 1936 in Zakopane. I had that picture with me throughout the war, it was one of the few keepsakes I had.

After many years I really wanted to find that rock and I did. I had a picture taken in the same place, it was maybe in 1958. Father wasn't there any longer, but the picture has remained and so has the rock.

Irena Wygodzka with her friend Hela Hass

This is a picture of me, Irena Wygodzka, taken with my childhood friend Hela Hass. It was taken in Katowice, in the 1930s.

Obviously, it must have been summer, because we are both wearing bathing suits. I am the one on the right.

I had several friends at school: there was Mala Lobel, Hanka Urbach, there was Rutka Reichman, Mina Schif, Hela Hass. All of us, with the exception of Mina, were in love with this boy from our class. His name was Natan Rozenzweig.

Zosia Laks on vacation

This is a picture of my sister Zofia on vacation. She’s posing with someone dressed up as a bear, a kind of attraction for kids.

The picture was taken in Zakopane, a well known Polish resort in the mountains, in the 1930s.

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.

Irena Wygodzka at her father’s office

This is a picture of me, Irena Wygodzka, using the telephone which was in my father’s office. The picture was taken in the 1930s, at our home in Katowice.

Father's office was in our apartment. There were five rooms there, Father had one room for himself, but it was also the dining room. Apart from Father’s office there was the parents' bedroom and our, the children's bedroom.

There was a kitchen, a small room for the servant, a bathroom with a bathtub and running water. There was a separate toilet, even two.

Irena Wygodzka with her relatives

This is a picture of my family taken on vacation in the 1930s.

In the picture my father is standing first from the left, his cousin Rozia and her husband Heniek Oksenhendler are standing next to him.

My cousin Abram Beitner is sitting in front of them as are the two daughters of Rozia and Heniek Oksenhendler: Renia (on the left) and Fredzia (on the right). My cousin Nacek Beitner is next to me.

Irena Wygodzka with her relatives

This is a picture of my family on vacation in Bystra, taken in 1935.

In the picture I’m standing between my cousins: Estusia and Nacek. My father is standing on the left. There’s also a girl whose name I don’t remember and Lilka Hamburger, a friend of Estusia’s.

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.

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