Irena Wygodzka with siblings Natan and Zosia Beitner and Hadasa Krzesiwo

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  • Photo taken in:
    Jastrzebia Gora
    Year when photo was taken:
    1932
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland 1919-1939
    Country name today:
    Poland

This is a picture of me, Irena Wygodzka, with my siblings Natan and Zofia and our family’s employee Hadasa.

It was taken on holiday in Jastrzebia Gora, in 1932. 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.

Father had help, this girl called Hadasa who worked for us for very many years. She could do bookkeeping. She was schooled in trading. Hadasa would sit at the typewriter and serve all the people who came there. Her maiden name was Manela.

She lived in Bedzin, next to the market square, with her mother. She took a tram to work every day. A tram ride from Bedzin to Katowice took from 20 to 30 minutes.

Hadasa also had a brother. They were both Zionists, but rather religious ones: they were probably members of Mizrachi, not of the Zionist Organization. We were great friends with Hadasa. She sometimes went on holiday with us.

Natan had a crush on Hadasa. She was older than him, some ten years older. She had a crush on him as well. They didn't hide their feelings from our parents much, because it was, how should I put it, a platonic story. They weren't a couple.

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

Other Person

Hadasa Krzesiwo
Decade of birth:
1910
Country of death:
Israel
Occupation
before WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation

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