Maria Krych

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  • Photo taken in:
    Warsaw
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland

This is me, Maria Krych. The photo was taken some years ago, in the late 1990s.  I am sitting here at my table in the kitchen of my apartment in Warsaw. I don’t know who took this photo. 

 

I feel a very strong connection with Judaism. My parents were Jews through and through. I never denied I was Jewish. Never. I learned something because I am Jewish. I know the history of Jews, I know all those horrible events, and I’m not indifferent to it. I was never indifferent. 

 

I didn’t cut off contacts with the culture after the war. But everything was happening in Polish then. At home, or among friends, we never talked in any other language but Polish. I had Jewish friends, but they weren’t the majority. There were some Jewish friends and some Polish friends. 

 

I kept in touch with Jewish culture through literature. I also belonged to a veterans’ organization, but now there’s nothing in me left to give, and I don’t belong to any organization. Same with Jewish magazines. I used to subscribe to Midrasz and Slowo Zydowskie since they started coming out. 

 

I used to read and keep reading, but it’s not the same reading any more… I used to go to various meetings and shows in the Jewish theater. Now I don’t attend any of those anymore, because I’m not able to… There’s no way, I’m not strong enough.

 

Interview details

Interviewee: Maria Krych
Interviewer:
Agata Gajewska
Month of interview:
October
Year of interview:
2004
Warsaw, Poland

KEY PERSON

Maria Krych
Jewish name:
Perla
Year of birth:
1913
City of birth:
Zamosc
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Occupation
before WW II:
Private teacher, accountant
after WW II:
Secretary, translator
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Goldwag
    Reason for changing: 
    Hiding Jewish
    Decade of changing: 
    1940
  • Previous family name: 
    Kowalewska
    Year of changing: 
    1947
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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