Gizela Fudem with her husband Leon Fudem and their daughter Barbara Goldin

Gizela Fudem with her husband Leon Fudem and their daughter Barbara Goldin
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  • Photo taken in:
    Wroclaw
    Year when photo was taken:
    2003
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland
This is a photo of my family: me, Leon Fudem, my husband, and Barbara Goldin (nee Fudem) our only child. The photo was taken in 2003 in our apartment in Wroclaw, where we live until today. Our only daughter was born in 1955. Her name is Barbara and she currently lives in the USA. She graduated from a university here, she took biochemistry, and she emigrated in 1981. She couldn't find herself a place for herself here. Besides, all her friends scattered around the world and she couldn't really find herself here. Since I had relatives in America, she decided to go there. I remember, when she was little, she was a strong Polish patriot; when we started talking about maybe moving to Israel, she was close to committing suicide. It was absolutely unacceptable for her. She went to America with me when she was eleven, and for the first time she heard people talk badly about Poland. Because those were emigrants who escaped after the Kielce Pogrom. And she was very upset about it. Once, it so happened, that when they started talking, she ran away from someone's apartment, at night, and I was looking for her all over New York, a strange city. And she opened up a bit after that. She always knew she was a Jew, we never hid anything from her, but she had little contact with Judaist practices, because we observed no traditions. But all her friends were non-Jewish, so she had a Christmas tree at home, which she never mentioned in the USA in order not to upset her cousin who was very conservative, and practically it was no problem for her. But when she went to the USA for the second time as a 17-year-old girl, she saw what it looked like and later, when she came back, she decided that if she has a family, her children would know something about Judaism. So she really missed it that as a child she was not taught Jewish traditions. Now, having two children, whenever she doesn't forget, she burns candles Friday nights, just for the kids. She celebrates some of the holidays, for example Purim. For Pesach she was a couple of times invited over by my pious family, so she knows what it's supposed to look like, and her children know they are Jewish. Her husband is Jewish, but from Belarus. He emigrated a year or two before she did. With his entire family, he has his parents, sister and aunt there. They aren't pious, he didn't really know anything about those things, and she kept teaching him, but until this day he mixes everything up.

Interview details

Interviewee: Gizela Fudem
Interviewer:
Jakub Rajchman
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2005
Wroclaw, Poland

KEY PERSON

Gizela Fudem
Year of birth:
1924
City of birth:
Tarnow
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Occupation
after WW II:
Construction designer
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Grunberg
    Year of changing: 
    1948
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Leon Fudem
Year of death:
2005
City of death:
Wroclaw
Country of death:
Poland
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Manual laborer
after WW II:
Accountant

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