Beniamin Zylberg’s membership card of the Tailors' and Furriers' Trade Union

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

This is my membership card of the Tailors' and Furriers' Trade Union, issued in 1939 in Warsaw. 

 

My future wife Rachela and I were released from prison in 1937 under an amnesty that reduced our sentences by a half. In 1939 I went to Warsaw for the second time. I lived in the Praga district, on Zabkowska Street, and worked nearby, on Radzyminska, in a furrier's workshop. By then I was earning three or even four zloty a day, I think, that wasn't bad at all. I knew my trade better and was working in a bigger workshop with more custom. As soon as I arrived in Warsaw I joined the Tailors' and Furriers' Trade Union, which was on Przejazd Street. I lived and worked in Warsaw until mobilization in August-September 1939. When it was announced, I went back to Krasnik to volunteer at the regional recruiting board, prepared to go to the front against the Germans. But at the recruiting board it turned out that I had been in prison and apart from that sentence I had also been stripped of my civil rights for ten years. I was therefore informed that I couldn't serve in the army.

 

Interview details

Interviewee: Boleslaw Janowski
Interviewer:
Jacek Borkowicz
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2004
Warsaw, Poland

KEY PERSON

Boleslaw Janowski
Jewish name:
Beniamin
Year of birth:
1916
City of birth:
Krasnik
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Occupation
before WW II:
Manual laborer
after WW II:
Military
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Zylberberg
    Year of changing: 
    1948
    Reason for changing: 
    Hiding Jewish identity

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