Herman Beitner at the rope railway station at the Kasprowy Wierch peak

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  • Photo taken in:
    Zakopane
    Year when photo was taken:
    1938
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland 1919-1939
    Country name today:
    Poland

In summer 1938 I went to Zakopane only with my father. I don’t know where the other members of our family were at that time. There I took this picture of my Father with his camera.

He really liked photography. He took pictures whenever he could. At outings, holidays, at home. He had a camera, he had a darkroom. It was some corner, maybe the servants' room. The camera - one of the more popular ones at the time, Zeiss or Leica.

There was this man, his name was Salpeter, he was going to Palestine as a tourist and he asked Father to lend him that camera. He was an acquaintance, from the same town. He had a store with ties, scarves and umbrellas. It was 1939.

Mr. Salpeter took that camera with him and stayed in Palestine. That's how my dad lost the camera. Father used to collect scissors of all types; there was this album where he, kind of, arranged these scissors.

Almost every year we'd go on vacation. We'd leave the city for at least a month, or two. We'd take all our stuff. We'd go near Katowice, to Bystra, to Cyganski Las, sometimes to Rabka, always to southern Poland, Silesia.

I never went to the seaside before the war. Our more distant family would go with us, too, and we'd spend time there together. We'd rent cottages from peasants.

I remember this hotel in Zakopane. We'd live there and eat there. It was a Jewish hotel. The owners were Jewish, the guests were mostly Jewish too.

We met a young married couple during one of those vacations, they were staying in that hotel with us. And then we hiked in the mountains together. We'd hike mostly in the valleys with the little sisters, we'd climb the Gubalowka, never too high.

We were not professional hikers, I didn't have any special clothing, I hiked in my school coat.

Interview details

Interviewee: Irena Wygodzka
Interviewer:
Zuzanna Schnepf
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2005
Warsaw, Poland

KEY PERSON

Herman Beitner
Jewish name:
Herszel
Year of birth:
1890
Decade of birth:
1890
City of birth:
Bedzin
Country name at time of birth:
Germany
Year of death:
1941
City of death:
Lwow
Country of death:
USSR
Occupation
before WW II:
Real estate manager

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation

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