Wacek Kornblum’s wife Janina as a child

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  • Photo taken in:
    Warsaw
    Year when photo was taken:
    1923
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland

This is my wife Janina Kornblum as a child. This picture must have been taken in 1929.

My wife, Jasia - Janina, maiden name Aneksztejn, was born in Warsaw in 1923. She was the only child in an assimilated family, her father worked in the American Embassy and was far from Judaism, like her mother Helena Aneksztejn, nee Finkelblech. She went to a Polish gymnasium on Miodowa Street, but had Jewish friends. She had aunts, one in Holland, and another one, who survived the war in Russia, then went to London with her husband, we used to go there. 

After the war I spent a long time in the health resort in Otwock, I was very sick with tuberculosis, in both lungs. They sent us to a dentist. And there was Mrs. Filipowicz, a dentist, also a Jew, who survived. And my future wife used to come to that dentist as well, a young woman, who also had sick lungs. Mrs Filipowicz set up our visits in such a way, that I used to meet my future wife there.We got married in 1950.

Interview details

Interviewee: Wacek Kornblum
Interviewer:
Anna Szyba
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2005
Warsaw, Poland

KEY PERSON

Janina Kornblum
Year of birth:
1923
City of birth:
Warsaw
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Occupation
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Aneksztajn
    Reason for changing: 
    Hiding Jewish identity
    Decade of changing: 
    1940
  • Previous family name: 
    Burzynska
    Year of changing: 
    1950
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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