Jadwiga Mendelson in 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 my younger sister Jadzia (Jadwiga) using my father’s telephone. It 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

Jadwiga Mendelson
Jewish name:
Jochewet
Year of birth:
1933
Decade of birth:
1930
City of birth:
Poland
Country name at time of birth:
Katowice
Occupation
after WW II:
Nurse
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Beitner
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1950

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation

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