Nachman Elencwajg in a Jewish tailor cooperative

Nachman Elencwajg  in a Jewish tailor cooperative
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  • Photo taken in:
    Zagorze Slaskie
    Year when photo was taken:
    1946
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland
This is a photo which was taken after World War II. I was working as a tailor in Zagorze. I?m sitting second from left. It was a former German manufacture; you still can see German sewing machines. After the war was ower, I came back to my home town, Miedzyrzec. The situation in Miedzyrzec was that there were only several dozen Jews there. There was a local Jewish committee, headed, in fact, by a guy I knew. But it came to nothing for me because he refused to help me in any way. When aid packages came from the US, clothing, I didn't get anything either. Because the committee passed a resolution not to accept any new arrivals because they didn't want Jews to settle there but to go to the ex-German territories instead. As a result, they only helped you if you wanted some document, a paper from the court or something like that, but they didn't allow you to stay. I didn't know what to do but I met a friend of mine whose brother worked in Zagorze Slaskie, here in Lower Silesia, and he said that brother of his would find us a job. I didn't hesitate for long, nothing kept me in Szczecin, I had left nothing in the apartment there so, just like that, with the keys to the Szczecin apartment still in my pocket, I pulled myself together and went to Zagorze. And that's how I found myself in Lower Silesia. In Zagorze I worked as a tailor at the former Zimmerman's plant. But that lasted for only three weeks because me and some colleagues set up a cooperative. I even sat on its board because I was young and the older guys didn't want to. The cooperative was called Zgoda and had some thirty employees, all tailors. Some time later a course for technical managers was organized in Wroclaw and they sent me to attend it. When I had completed it and secured the right papers, some acquaintances of mine fixed a job for me in Wroclaw, at another cooperative, on Nowowiejska Street. Then I worked at several other tailor cooperatives, first as a technical manager, then as a quality surveyor.

Interview details

Interviewee: Nachman Elencwajg
Interviewer:
Jakub Rajchman
Month of interview:
April
Year of interview:
2006
Wroclaw, Poland

KEY PERSON

Nachman Elencwajg
Year of birth:
1920
City of birth:
Miedzyrzec Podlaski
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Occupation
before WW II:
Bristle-maker
after WW II:
Tailor

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education
Date of interview:
1996

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