Alina Fiszgrund with her aunt Anna Dirunger

Alina Fiszgrund with her aunt Anna Dirunger
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  • Photo taken in:
    Lodz
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland
This is me with my aunt Anna Dirunger. Her husband, Imek, was my mother's cousin. The photo was taken at their apartment in Lodz in 1936 or 1937. I was living with the Dirungers. I have very, very fond memories of Lodz. That was the growing-up period. While I went to school in Lodz, I lived with the Dirungers. I called them Aunt and Uncle, but in reality they were more distant relatives. The Dirungers were a childless couple. Both were teachers and worked at a private Jewish gymnasium. He was a mathematician, and his wife, Anna, taught Polish literature. She had a PhD from Lwow University, as one of the first PhD students of Professor Juliusz Kleiner. Anna's maiden name was Lidechower, she was born in Zloczow. Her father was a doctor there, a military doctor, I think. She was roughly of my mother's age, born sometime in the 1890s. The place was at Nawrot Street, 34, I guess, and that was my official address. We had all, my parents and sisters too, lived there for some time, I think it was 1937. The Dirungers had Art Nouveau furniture, a nicely furnished apartment. They weren't poor, though they weren't rich either. With Imek we went every Friday night for a walk to the Jewish quarter to watch the Hassidim go to the synagogue. Imek didn't go to synagogue because he was an atheist. There was an Orthodox synagogue at Poludniowa Street. On holidays, especially Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, crowds of people would go there. It was a beautiful world. When I watched those Hassidim going to the synagogue, I felt a whiff of sainthood from them. When I think of human piety, I think of nobleness, of an inability to spite others, to treat them ill. On our way back, we'd buy bagels and bring them home.

Interview details

Interviewee: Alina Fiszgrund
Interviewer:
Magdalena Bizon
Month of interview:
August
Year of interview:
2005
Krakow, Poland

KEY PERSON

Alina Fiszgrund
Year of birth:
1921
City of birth:
Ruda Pabianicka
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Occupation
after WW II:
Jewish activist
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Birnbaum
    Year of changing: 
    1942
    Reason for changing: 
    Hiding Jewish identity/nationality
  • Previous family name: 
    Gruszczynska
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1940s
  • Previous family name: 
    Golebiowska
    Reason for changing: 
    Remarriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1940s

Other Person

Anna Dirunger
Decade of birth:
1890
City of birth:
Zloczow
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
City of death:
Lodz
Died where:
Lodz
Occupation
before WW II:
Teacher

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