Irena Wygodzka at her father’s office

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  • Photo taken in:
    Katowice
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland 1919-1939
    Country name today:
    Poland

This is a picture of me, Irena Wygodzka, using the telephone which was in my father’s office. The picture was taken in the 1930s, at our home in Katowice.

Father's office was in our apartment. There were five rooms there, Father had one room for himself, but it was also the dining room. Apart from Father’s office there was the parents' bedroom and our, the children's bedroom.

There was a kitchen, a small room for the servant, a bathroom with a bathtub and running water. There was a separate toilet, even two.

There was a telephone in Father's office, number 990. There was also a Keren Kayemet can. You'd put money in there, from time to time young people would go around collecting the money.

With this money Jews used to buy land from the Arabs in Palestine. A portrait of Uryshkin, this Zionist, was on the wall. [Uryshkin, Mendel Menakhem, (1863 - 1941), a member of a Zionist Organization, one of the leaders of Russian Zionism.]

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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