Danuta Mniewska with two students in Germany

Danuta Mniewska with two students in Germany
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This is me in Germany in 2004. This photo was taken during my meeting with young people in Paderborn. I am standing here with two students of Gymnasium Delbrich. The board with my name and my personal deatils is behind me. I never encountered any anti-Semitism directed against me after the war. I never went around with a placard saying I was a Jew, but everyone knew; it was no secret. I currently hold the position of treasurer with the veterans, but I want to leave them and move to the TSKZ library. Its manager has died, she was 95, active until the last moment. Someone has to carry out the stocktaking, I'll gladly do it, for free, of course, I need no remuneration. I simply want to be doing something. After all, we are the last Jews here. When trips to Germany were being organized, I accidentally joined one of those, in 2001. I went there a total of three times to meet young people, and I loved it. After so many years I had the cheek to conduct those meetings in German - and I did great. I had such good contact with those young people, saw they were interested, and I felt satisfaction that I was doing something good. I told them about my wartime experiences. I feel a very strong bond with Jewry. Those are two different things - religion and being part of a nation. I'll put it like Tuwim: I feel Jewish not because of the blood of my veins but because of the blood that has been shed. This is a completely different story, this is an incredible bond, that you lost everyone only because they happened to be Jews. And betray them?! How can you conceal your descent, deny, disown your family, relatives?? It has always been in me and will always be, and I'll never abandon it. But still - despite the tragedy that I experienced - I wouldn't give away a single hour of my life. Not a single hour.

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Interviewee: Danuta Mniewska
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Warsaw, Poland


Danuta Mniewska
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Grabow near Lodz
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Nurse, knitter, theater actress, owner of an apple orchard
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USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education
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