Fela and Andzia Baum

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  • Photo taken in:
    Karczowka
    Year when photo was taken:
    1938
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Julian Gringras

This is my wife Fela Baum, her sister Andzia and our friends on a trip just outside Kielce, near the monastery in Karczowka. It could have been 1937 or 1938.

I met Fela [Mr. Gringras's partner, whom he refers to as his wife, although they never formally married] when she was 17, and I was 23, when I was at the Polytechnic.

I used to go visiting that friend of mine, Baum, Fela's brother. Well, and I got friendly with the family, somehow. Fela was still at gymnasium.

She was born in 1917, 20th September 1917. She went to Zimnowodzina's, the girls' school in Kielce. She left school, but she didn't matriculate. That's what I seem to remember.

Fela's father was a tailor and also the co-proprietor of a shop with dress materials. The shop was on the street front and the workshop at the back. It was a large family.

Several of the brothers had a shop together on Kolejowa Street, later Sienkiewicza. They took in work, took measurements and sewed on the spot, in the shop.

Her family lived on Czysta Street, later Fosza, in a house that may still be there.

Fela's mom - I don't know what she was called [Balbina], and her father - Szymon. They were probably a few years younger than my parents, but I don't know when my parents were born.

I don't know where Fela's parents came from. My wife's family were religious, but moderately so.

Her father certainly wore a kippah, and probably went to synagogue every Saturday; they lit the candles every Saturday, but there wasn't any particular emphasis on their Jewishness, no.

Interview details

Interviewee: Julian Gringras
Interviewer:
Anka Grupinska
Month of interview:
July
Year of interview:
2005
Warsaw, Poland

KEY PERSON

Fela Baum
Year of birth:
1917
Decade of birth:
1910
City of birth:
Kielce
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1997
City of death:
Warsaw
Country of death:
Poland
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Housewife

Other Person

Anna Baum
Year of birth:
1913
City of birth:
Kielce
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1942
City of death:
Birkenau
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Birkenau

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