Henryk Lewandowski's family in Danczypol

Henryk Lewandowski's family in Danczypol
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  • Photo taken in:
    Danczypol
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland
From left: my grandmother Blima Garfinkiel (nee Wislicka), my father, Dawid Garfinkiel, on the horse, my mother, Maria Garfinkiel (nee Jungman) and some friend of hers. The photo was taken in Danczypol in 1931 or 1932. My paternal grandfather, Sanel Garfinkel, was an industrialist and a landowner. When Grandpa was younger, he devoted more time to his land than to the brewery. He simply knew more of farming, he was particularly interested in horse breeding. In pre-war Poland horse breeding was an important branch of agriculture since the army used mostly horse transport. Grandpa had a good reputation as a horse-breeder. I remember he could spend all day in the stable, shouting at the stable-boys for not grooming a horse thoroughly enough, or because the manure had not been removed. Grandpa Sanel's wife, Blima Wislicka, born in 1875 as well, was killed - almost before my eyes - during the liquidation of the Izbica ghetto in 1942. She was from Lodz, from a Jewish patrician family, sort of. They were in the textile industry, there was the Wislicki & Rozen factory, not quite like Szeibler, but a medium-sized factory. The family was Polonized, assimilated to a large degree, there were converts among them. I have a portrait of my great-grandmother at home, she's wearing something you won't see nowadays. Frills and so on. She didn't wear a wig, she had regular hair. I was the fruit of a puppy love, so to speak. My parents were very close to each other, my mother was a very pretty girl, a petite brunette, my father was a well-built, tall, broad-shouldered redhead. Because there were differences between their financial standings - my mother's parents were not really well-off, my father's parents were considered the more affluent Jewish class - so as far as I remember the relationship was without the parents' acceptance, and the marriage took place because I was already on the way.

Interview details

Interviewee: Henryk Lewandowski
Interviewer:
Anna Szyba
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2005
Warsaw, Poland

KEY PERSON

Dawid Garfinkiel
Year of birth:
1908
City of birth:
Zamosc
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Year of death:
1985
Country of death:
Israel
Occupation
before WW II:
Brewery worker

Other Person

Maria Garfinkiel
Year of birth:
1908
City of birth:
Zamosc
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Year of death:
1942
City of death:
Belzec
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Belzec
Occupation
before WW II:
She worked at the family brewery

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education
Date of interview:
1996

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