Michal Friedman

Michal Friedman
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  • Photo taken in:
    Warsaw
    Year when photo was taken:
    1935
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland
This is me. The photo was taken in Warsaw in 1935. For my university studies, I came to Warsaw in 1933. I enrolled in the Polish Department. During my first year I lived on 2 Nowolipie Street, and afterwards on Dluga Street. On Nowolipie Street there was a bankrupt store and some Jew got an idea how to make money out of it. He stood in front of the closed door of the store and shouted out to passers-by to have a look inside -a wonder of nature, a freak of nature, a bearded woman, everyone can check it out for only 20 groszy. And inside, in that dark, empty store, there was indeed a hairy woman standing. I remember that I couldn't study on Dluga Street because the landlady had rented me an alcove without a window or light. She used to turn the lights off at 10 already. So what did I do then? I went over to the other side of the street, to 13 Tlomackie! And there I came across individuals who became part of history. I met Izrael Sztern, an excellent poet, who generally didn't get the recognition he deserved, and many other wonderful people.

Interview details

Interviewee: Michal Friedman
Interviewer:
Anka Grupinska
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2004
Warsaw, Poland

KEY PERSON

Michal Friedman
Year of birth:
1913
City of birth:
Kovel
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Occupation
before WW II:
Teacher
after WW II:
Teacher/Professor

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