Irena Wygodzka in a DP camp in Germany

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  • Photo taken in:
    Jordanbad
    Year when photo was taken:
    1946
    Country name at time of photo:
    Germany
    Country name today:
    Germany

This picture of me was taken in 1946 in Jordanbad, Germany, in a ‘displaced persons’ camp. In this picture I’m dressed in a costume made of a blanket. In the first months after the war it was so hard to get nice new clothes.

After we left the camp in Horejsi Stare Mesto I went to Salzburg for some time. Together with my ac and sisters, because we didn't know where to go, we wanted to go to Israel.

In Salzburg we lived in stables which were adapted for sleeping. From Salzburg we went to Germany. We were in the French zone, in Jordanbad. The nuns were running a house for DPs there. It was a very old place, very beautiful.

It was called Knajp Kur. Hadasa, my father’s former help, contacted us and invited us there. She got married to Motek Krzesiwo. He had survived together with her using false South American documents.

Hadasa and Motek were interned as foreigners in a special camp. They survived the camp, they survived the occupation. In Jordanbad Hadasa gave birth to her first son. I was there when he was born.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Irena Wygodzka
Jewish name:
Erna (Eni)
Year of birth:
1922
Decade of birth:
1920
City of birth:
Magdeburg
Country name at time of birth:
Germany
Occupation
after WW II:
Technical editor in publishing House
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Beitner
    Year of changing: 
    1945
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1940

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation

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