Julian Gringras and his wife Fela Baum in Lwow

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  • Photo taken in:
    Lvov
    Year when photo was taken:
    1940
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Ukraine

This is a photo of me and my wife Fela Baum. It was taken in Lwow in 1940.

In 1940 I worked in Warkowicze but I intended to go to Lwow, because my wife’s brother Mosze, who had stopped off there and got straight into Lwow Polytechnic, was urging me to go to Lwow.

Lwow Polytechnic was a Polish polytechnic but by that time was under Ukrainian, i.e. Soviet authority.

That Lwow period is the Polytechnic. They honored my Warsaw grade transcript - you have to remember that this was a time when some of the Warsaw professors were lecturing at the University in Lwow, among them Boy-Zelenski.

The food, I remember, was not wonderful - we even ate horsemeat, which at the time was considered unpleasant, because horsemeat wasn't eaten in Poland.

While I was in Lwow a few parcels of clothing came from my parents. They were probably still living in their own houses, but in 1942 we were no longer in contact.

We lost touch with the outbreak of the war between Germany and Russia in June 1941. And after that I no longer had any contact with either Kielce or Warsaw, only with Moscow, with the people who were in the Union of Polish Patriots, who also sent parcels, small ones.

An overcoat, a good, navy blue overcoat - but unfortunately some mice nested in the sleeve and then I had to throw it away, yes, that's what happened.

Interview details

Interviewee: Julian Gringras
Interviewer:
Anka Grupinska
Month of interview:
July
Year of interview:
2005
Warsaw, Poland

KEY PERSON

Julian Gringras
Year of birth:
1911
Decade of birth:
1910
City of birth:
Kielce
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Occupation
before WW II:
University student
after WW II:
Engineer, manager in socialist firms, deputy trade minister

Other Person

Fela Baum
Year of birth:
1917
Decade of birth:
1910
City of birth:
Kielce
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1997
City of death:
Warsaw
Country of death:
Poland
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Housewife

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