Salomea Gemrot

Salomea Gemrot
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  • Photo taken in:
    Rzeszow
    Year when photo was taken:
    1927
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland
This is a picture of me at the age of 18 or 19. I do not remember why I had this picture taken or if I used it for any ID. I do not remember who saved this picture for me. Because my parents weren't doing very well financially, I took advantage of my education from that school of mine, the the Artistic Crafts School, and started working on my own. I started sewing, embroidering, I gave cutting lessons. I didn't belong to any organization. I was interested in that, but I didn't have time for that, because I was already doing what I had learned to do, in order to help my parents. How old could I have been? Some 18 to 19 years old. Yes, already then I thought I wouldn't settle there [Poland]. That I'd never stay there. And I rejected all the marriage offers I got as a young girl. I didn't want to start a family there and to live there. Nobody wanted to talk me into marriage, but I had some heroes. I called them 'heroes,' because when I was talking to one of them I'd say, 'You have to think very well about what you want! Do you know me very well?' But I knew there was no point in starting a family in those conditions. Because what would have happened? A cousin of mine graduated from law school in Cracow; she was my age. She married a physician and what was that for? Did it last long? Occupation came and she went to Treblinka with that doctor of hers. She was a pretty girl this Renia.

Interview details

Interviewee: Salomea Gemrot
Interviewer:
Jolanta Jaworska
Month of interview:
February
Year of interview:
2005
Wieliczka, Poland

KEY PERSON

Salomea Gemrot
Year of birth:
1909
City of birth:
Przybyszowka
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Occupation
before WW II:
Tailor
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Krygier
    Reason for changing: 
    Hiding Jewish identity/nationality
    Decade of changing: 
    1940

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