Mojsze Sznejser with his brother Abram and two uncles

Mojsze Sznejser with his brother Abram and two uncles
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  • Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland
On this photo, you can see my two uncles (brothers of my mother): Chaim (first from left) and Symche Sosnowiec (second from left), myself (sitting first from right), and my brother Abram Sznejser (standing behind uncle Symche). I don?t remember whether the picture was taken in Radzyn Podlaski or in Lukow, I remember only that it was taken in the second half of the 1930s. It was probably already when I was working in a cobbler's workshop. I was forced to work when my father died in 1932. First I worked for one master. I wanted him to give me another zloty, he wouldn't, so I moved on. To Mojsze Onikman. I worked there and my brother did too. I've got a photograph of us working together, with one other guy - Lajbele Bomstein. That Lajbele was denounced to the Germans by his own father! Lajbele met a girl somewhere; she was escaping and hiding from the Germans. Lajbele found a Pole and hid the girl with him, threatening to kill him if anything happened to the girl. Later on he hid there too, and some other people as well. His father found out where he was and split on them all. They killed the whole family and all the people hiding there. A father split on his own son! Later on I went to Warsaw, to my uncle Aaron Konski. I remember he said: 'There's so many hungry mouths around here there'll be enough for another one!' And off he went. Went off there and then, and found me a job. I stayed there until the war. Ma, my sister and my brother knew where I was, because I'd left home to earn some money. I lived with my uncle, at 20 Twarda Street. We lads all slept in one big room, my uncle and aunt and their daughter in the other. There was this bed, big enough for five people. And in the workshop was the kitchen and my aunt made dinner there and she'd argue with me for not coming in for dinner. My uncle was a tailor for the army and once, I remember, Edziu the neighbor came round, a Pole, and wanted to learn to be a tailor. And my uncle asked his mother: 'Do you agree? Edziu wants to be a tailor.' And she says: 'Yes.' 'Well then, so be it,' said my uncle, and from then on Edziu got dinner. And later on, that Edziu came to my cousin's funeral; I was there too.

Interview details

Interviewee: Mojsze Sznejser
Interviewer:
Jakub Rajchman
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2004
Legnica, Poland

KEY PERSON

Mojsze Sznejser
Year of birth:
1920
City of birth:
Lukow
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Occupation
before WW II:
Employed by craftsman
after WW II:
Cobbler

Other Person

Abram Sznejser
Year of birth:
1922
City of birth:
Lukow
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Employed by craftsman
after WW II:
Cobbler

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