Zosia Laks and Jadzia Mendelson with Hadasa Krzesiwo

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  • Country name at time of photo:
    Poland 1919-1939
    Country name today:
    Poland

This is a picture of my two younger sisters, Zosia and Jadzia, with our servant Hadasa. It was taken on vacation in the 1930s.

Almost every year we'd go on vacation. We'd leave the city for at least a month, or two. We'd take all our stuff. We'd go near Katowice, to Bystra, to Cyganski Las, sometimes to Rabka, always to southern Poland, Silesia. I never went to the seaside before the war. Our more distant family would go with us, too, and we'd spend time there together. We'd rent cottages from peasants.

Father had help, this girl called Hadasa who worked for us for very many years. She could do bookkeeping. She was schooled in trading. Hadasa would sit at the typewriter and serve all the people who came there. Her maiden name was Manela. She lived in Bedzin, next to the market square, with her mother. She took a tram to work every day. A tram ride from Bedzin to Katowice took from 20 to 30 minutes. Hadasa also had a brother. They were both Zionists, but rather religious ones: they were probably members of Mizrachi, not of the Zionist Organization. We were great friends with Hadasa. She sometimes went on holiday with us.  

Interview details

Interviewee: Irena Wygodzka
Warsaw, Poland

KEY PERSON

Zosia Laks
Year of birth:
1928
City of birth:
Katowice
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Beitner
    Year of changing: 
    1950
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Jadwiga Mendelson
Jewish name:
Jochewet
Year of birth:
1933
City of birth:
Poland
Country name at time of birth:
Katowice
Occupation
after WW II:
Nurse

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