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Lublin, Lubartowska 47/14, Lubelskie region

 

In this building lived Róża Fiszman-Sznajdman, an author of “My Lublin” – the best known book on prewar Jewish Lublin. In her book she describes the building at Lubartowska 47 and its residents:

 

“The tenement consisted of four different buildings, that surrounded dirty backyard. There was a toilet in the middle of this yard. In the house used to live mostly poor people. They had always problems with earning money.”

 

Her family lived in the apartment on the IV floor. She wrote about flat number 14 on II floor, where the trace of mezuzah was found:

 

“The big apartment on II floor was occupied by Grynberg family, it was a large family. The Grynbergs had 4 sons and 2 daughters. The youngest daughter was a friend of mine. We learned together in the same class. I used to visit her in her flat very often. I saw terrible poverty. Mr. Grynberg tried to earn money as a seller but every time he failed. The youngest son Abram graduated from the lower secondary school. He was quite smart. He did not have friends because of the scrofula illness. Children didn’t want to play with him. The older daughter had tuberculosis.”

 

 

Róża Fiszman-Sznajdman was born in Lublin in 1913. During the War she was with her husband in Soviet Union. She returned to Lublin in 1946 and worked as a teacher and journalist. In 1968 due to antisemitism she left Poland and moved to Goeteborg, Sweden. She died in 1985.