Danuta Mniewska's parents, Ewa and Beniamin Mniewski

Danuta Mniewska's parents, Ewa and Beniamin Mniewski
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  • Photo taken in:
    Grabow near Lodz
    Year when photo was taken:
    1922
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland
They are my parents, Ewa and Beniamin Mniewski. This picture must have been taken at a photo lab in Grabow after their marriage, probably in 1922. It was in Grabow my father met his future wife, my mother. I have no idea what their wedding was like. His parents were strongly opposed to the marriage, but my father was terribly in love with my mother. She was a poor girl and my grandmother didn't want her beloved son to marry a girl without dowry - she wanted a princess for him. And the ladies disliked each other, disliked each other terribly. My parents got married probably in 1922. My parents were both very handsome. My father had a somewhat Semitic look, he wore glasses and had a crooked nose. He spoke Polish, Yiddish, Hebrew, fluent German, was familiar with German literature. He was a very intelligent and wise man, but he had no specific profession. My mother was lovely. All the relatives from her side, as I remember them, were very handsome, not Semitic-looking at all. Fair-haired, blue-eyed. My mother was lively, cheerful, liked by everyone, very vigorous, and she liked to work. She had a wonderful voice, so much so that when some guy once heard her at some charity ball, he approached her and said he would pay for her education, that he would take her to Vienna so that she could study at the conservatory there. But she was a married woman and my father said no. She wasted such a wonderful, strong voice - a soprano.

Interview details

Interviewee: Danuta Mniewska
Interviewer:
Maria Koral
Month of interview:
March/April
Year of interview:
2006
Warsaw, Poland

KEY PERSON

Ewa Mniewska
Year of birth:
1901
City of birth:
probably Lodz
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Year of death:
1942
City of death:
Treblinka
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Treblinka
Occupation
before WW II:
Owner of a grocery and a boarding house
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Ryza
    Year of changing: 
    1922
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Beniamin Mniewski
Jewish name:
Chawa
Year of birth:
1900
City of birth:
Grabow near Lodz
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Year of death:
1943
City of death:
Kosow near Treblinka
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Kosow near Treblinka
Occupation
before WW II:
Tenement houses administrator

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education
Date of interview:
1990s

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