Koppel Gringras and his father and brother playing chess

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  • Photo taken in:
    Kielce
    Year when photo was taken:
    1936
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland

This is a photograph of my father, my grandfather and my father’s brother Moric playing chess. It was taken in 1936 in our apartment on Czysta Street in Kielce.

Father liked chess. Moric liked chess, and Grandfather liked chess. Though at one point chess became an addiction for Father. And an addiction that cost. In Kielce, you see, there were two patisseries. One was called Smolinski's and the other the Royal. It was probably the Royal where for some time Father and Moric would sit and play chess for money, they tried to win and make money. That met with great disapproval from my mother, because the winnings probably didn't bring in any profit. Only losses, I presume.

I learned to play chess in Kielce too; I think we all, all the men in the family, could play chess a bit. In the patisserie it was not only Jews playing amongst themselves, but various different people played - true-blue Poles, Catholics. Religion, profession played no role there, because the chess itself was something we could call an ecumenical calling. People got together because they liked chess - and they played.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Koppel Gringras
Decade of birth:
1880
City of birth:
Pinczow
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1942
City of death:
Birkenau
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Birkenau
Occupation
before WW II:
Factory owner

Other Person

Michal Gringras
City of birth:
Pinczow
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
City of death:
Kielce
Country of death:
Poland
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Watchmaker

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