This is my daughter Malgorzata Lanota. In this picture she is maybe 30. She was born in Lublin. The photo was taken in Warsaw.
In May 1945 I had my baby, Malgosia. Three months later I went to Lodz. My cousin Ida Merzan was living there then with her husband and daughter.
They had just come back from Russia. I went to see them. I reported for work at the publishing house 'Ksiazka i Wiedza.' When 'Ksiazka i Wiedza' moved to Warsaw, I went with my baby.
This is the manor in Skryhiczyn; this is where Aunt Hena and Uncle Mordechaj Rottenberg lived.
That boy, who is standing at the top is their son, Piniek. That girl at the front in the uniform is Ida, Aunt Masza and Uncle Chaim Halperin's daughter. Later her surname was Merzan. I don’t recognize the other persons.
This is in the country, in Skryhiczyn, in the vacation.
We worked in the fields there, binding the stooks and threshing. In the evening my uncle [Chaim Halperin] harnessed up to the cart and we would go to the river to bathe, because we were terribly dirty after work.
You can see how tired we were, because my uncle was exacting; you had to work from early morning until it was finished.
This is by my uncle's barn. These are his daughters:
This is my university friend Mina Boas. She was from Zgierz. We studied psychology together in Warsaw.
Mina had split up with a painter at the time and was suffering terribly. She told me about it, and that was how we became friends. Later on, during the war, I met her in Lvov.
We used to go to psychology lectures by the lecturer (later professor) Tomaszewski. Mina was killed in Lvov when the Germans came. She gave me this photograph as a memento, and by a miracle it survived the war. I'd like something to remain of her.
This is my school photo from 1930. In this picture I was 15 and I went on to gymnasium last year. The photo was taken in Lodz.
Gymnasiums such as the German or Jewish ones had restricted state approval, which meant that they could award the school-leaving certificate but the examination had to be invigilated by someone from the education office.
The questions for the school-leaving exam were the same as in Polish schools. You took Polish, mathematics, Latin and I think physics, a written and an oral exam in every subject. I took my school-leaving exam in 1932.
This is my photo taken after the war. In 1948 the magazine 'Przyjaciolka' was launched [a women's weekly, still on the press market] and I was given the position of editor-in-chief.
In 1949 ‘Przyjaciolka’ had a circulation of two million, and I got a medal for that then. My photograph was printed in some newspaper among others with the caption 'The foremost women in our country.' It is exactly this photo.
This is the house of my aunt, Masza Halperin, in Skryhiczyn.
She is standing in the first row from the top, first from right. This man sitting in the first row first from left is her husband, Chaim Halperin.
They had four daughters: Ida Merzan, who is standing at the top, Gitl (who we called Gicia), sitting next to her father, Hanka, standing first from right and Sara, sitting at the bottom second from left.
This photo was taken in Kolumna near Lodz, I don’t know by whom. My parents rented a house there during summer holidays.
We went there rarely. Almost every holidays we spent in Skryhiczyn, where lived my father’s family.
In this picture me and my brother Mietek are sitting in the middle. He was then maybe four years old, and I about nine. It is his only photo I have. These girls were my friends, but I don’t remember their names.
I was the eldest child in our family and the only daughter. I had three younger brothers.
This is my eldest brother Cwi Rottenberg. I don’t know exactly when and where this photo was taken. He was very young then, maybe 16. At that time he was going on to a technical high school.
We didn’t use the name Cwi. We called him Rysiu. He was born in 1917. I remember him starting to walk. We were living in Skryhiczyn then, and he saw a goat racing along the street and wanted to catch it.
City: Szymanowek, Warsaw
Interviewer: Aleksandra Bankowska
Date of interview: September - October 2004
Mrs. Lanota is a charming, distinguished elderly lady.