Zosia Laks and Jadwiga Mendelson in their prewar home

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  • Photo taken in:
    Katowice
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland 1919-1939
    Country name today:
    Poland

This is a picture of my two sisters: Zosia and Jadzia (Jadwiga). They were born in 1928 and 1933, respectively, so this picture was probably taken around 1935, in our prewar home in Katowice.

Zosia was very close to Natan, our brother. She adored him and he was nice to her, good and kind. Not like I was to her. I remember that I once took her hand and put it on a hot light bulb. Zosia annoyed me, because I had to take her everywhere with me.

When I went to the Organization [Mrs. Wygodzka used to belong to the Zionist Youth Organization Akiba], I had to drag her with me. I think she was later a member of this organization as well, but this was already during the war, in Sosnowiec.

Zosia also managed to go to the Berek Joselewicz school for some time. When she was ten years old, the war broke out.

Jadzia was the youngest of all the siblings. She was born in 1933. I loved Jadzia. She was so sweet and pretty. I called her 'Jadziulka.'

Before the war Jadzia didn't manage to start school, so she had no schooling. My little sister was six years old when the war broke out.

Interview details

Interviewee: Irena Wygodzka
Interviewer:
Zuzanna Schnepf
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2005
Warsaw, Poland

KEY PERSON

Zosia Laks
Year of birth:
1928
Decade of birth:
1920
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
    Decade of changing: 
    1950

Other Person

Jadwiga Mendelson
Jewish name:
Jochewet
Year of birth:
1933
Decade of birth:
1930
City of birth:
Poland
Country name at time of birth:
Katowice
Occupation
after WW II:
Nurse
  • Previous family name: 
    Beitner
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1950

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation

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