Chasia Spanerflig with her friend Masha Nemze

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  • Photo taken in:
    Vilnius
    Year when photo was taken:
    1939
    Country name at time of photo:
    Lithuania
    Country name today:
    Lithuania

This is me, Chasia Langbord, with my best friend Masha Nemze. The picture was taken in Vilnius in 1939.  Masha left for Israel before the war. She lived there for many years. She died a couple of years ago. 

 

Masha Nemze was a good friend of mine. Her parents owned a large fur store in the heart of the city. They had a dacha and they invited me to come over there for a couple of weeks during vacation. On Jewish holidays, the lyceum was closed and I went to my home town. I spent summer holidays at home as well. I didn’t want to go home as I was afraid of my parents’ tiffs, which became more frequent with the years. But still, I loved my town, my school friends and I enjoyed spending time with them. 

 

In the penultimate grade we were to choose between two directions: technical and humanitarian. I chose the humanitarian one. Now I felt more confident in our company. I was loved in any company as I was never in a hurry to go home because I didn’t have one. Besides, I was merry and appreciative. After classes we went out to a café, ate ice-cream, called on somebody to have a cup of tea, or sometimes went to the cinema. There were a lot of Zionist organizations in Vilnius, including youth organizations. Boys started wooing me. Usually I went to these organizations with my boyfriend. It was either Betar or Maccabi. They were different in their approaches, but all of them were purely Zionist. So, the years of my adolescence were full of Zionist ideas. During the meetings we often were told about Palestine, about life in a kibbutz. Youth was called upon to go to Palestine to build the Jewish state. In 1939 I finished the lyceum. 

Interview details

Interviewee: Chasia Spanerflig
Vilnius, Lithuania

KEY PERSON

Chasia Spanerflig
Jewish name:
Chasia
Year of birth:
1921
City of birth:
Zdzisciot
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Occupation
before WW II:
Accountant
after WW II:
Chief of department at shoe factory
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Langbord
    Year of changing: 
    1939
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
  • Previous family name: 
    Friedman
    Year of changing: 
    1945
    Reason for changing: 
    Remarriage

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