Wedding picture of Maria and Beniamin Szwarc

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  • Photo taken in:
    Lodz
    Year when photo was taken:
    1920
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland

These are my parents, Maria and Beniamin Szwarc. It is their wedding picture. It was taken in Lodz, on 11th November 1920.

It is a studio portrait. It survived the war due to a fortunate incident: before the war, my mother had mailed it to her sister, Ruth, who lived in the USA.

My mother and her siblings lived in a single room at 33 Wschodnia Street in Lodz. It was the second floor. Right on the other side of one of the walls of this room there was a restaurant.

And on the day of my grandma’s [Mrs. Biber’s] death, my future father happened to be sitting in this restaurant, having his lunch. And he heard the terrible crying of children.

He went over to the apartment to see what was going on. And he fell in love with my mother.

My parents’ wedding was on 11th November 1920 – they chose this date to celebrate the anniversary of Poland’s independence. My parents were also living at 33 Wschodnia Street, in the same building where my mother lived with her siblings.

Except that their place was a floor below, on the first floor. Wschodnia Street was inhabited by Jews. Not exclusively, of course, but it was a sort of Jewish quarter.

There were some orthodox Jews living there as well. And of course you would hear Yiddish spoken in the street.

Interview details

Interviewee: Halina Najduchowska
Interviewer:
Joanna Fikus
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2005
Warsaw, Poland

KEY PERSON

Maria Szwarc
Year of birth:
1899
City of birth:
Lodz
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1978
City of death:
Warsaw
Country of death:
Poland
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Proofreader
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Biber
    Year of changing: 
    1920
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Beniamin Szwarc
Year of birth:
1886
Country name at time of birth:
Prussia
Year of death:
1944
City of death:
Auschwitz
Country of death:
General Governorship
Died where:
Auschwitz
Occupation
before WW II:
Electrician

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