Chaim and Otylia Ejnesman in Ciechocinek

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  • Photo taken in:
    Ciechocinek
    Year when photo was taken:
    2002
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland

This is me and my second wife, Otylia Ejnesman, in Ciechocinek. The photo was taken in 2002.

During the time I was in Canada, I had no contacts with Poland. One day I got sick in Ontario [in 1990], they took me to the hospital with a stroke and I had to leave. There are no possibilities there. There you have to be rich when you fall ill. And I had a Polish passport, because I never gave it back. I never took Russian citizenship, or any other.

My wife brought me to Poland in 1992, to a sanatorium in Iwonicz. I was there for several months and I was getting better. A lot better. We even wanted to buy an apartment there, in Krosno. But they convinced us to move closer to Warsaw. I didn't care much. Because after this stroke, I was in bad shape for quite some time. So they got this house. And we're living here, in Podkowa Lesna. I wouldn't want to live in Warsaw, because there's too much noise. But this will have to be sold. It's difficult to maintain a house now. Our children are in Canada and we stayed here. They come here from time to time to visit us.

I registered as a war veteran in Warsaw, that's when we started going to the Jewish Theater, to TSKZ. People visited me from Spielberg's Foundation, they were making a movie. We celebrate Jewish holidays, because my wife likes that. She goes to the rabbi to get the matzah; by now he knows her better than he knows me. She's more involved, but because I can't walk, how could I get involved. And life goes on, thank God, we're living all right. I go to rehabilitation, they take me; you live as long as you can, don't you?

 

Interview details

Interviewee: Chaim Henryk Ejnesman
Interviewer:
Marta Cobel-Tokarska
Month of interview:
October
Year of interview:
2004
Podkowa Lesna, Poland

KEY PERSON

Chaim Henryk Ejnesman
Year of birth:
1921
Decade of birth:
1921
City of birth:
Radoszyce
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Occupation
before WW II:
Employed by craftsman
after WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant

Other Person

Otylia Ejnesman
Year of birth:
1930
City of birth:
Lvov
Country name at time of birth:
Ukraine
Occupation
after WW II:
businesswoman, Retail merchant
  • Previous family name: 
    Jablonowska
    Year of changing: 
    1973
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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