Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Pauline Kleinberg - October 28, 1982

The Family Business

Like uh, suffering...


...you know, but never got out of bed. But the old, the old man was fifty-two years old.

That's not old.

Well, it's like my mother was forty-seven.

When were you born?



Where, me?

The date.

The date. Why do I want to tell him this?

Husband: Tell him, tell him.

Well, come on. I told you never desert me!

Husband: Well, are you afraid...

Do I have to tell you this?


No, we'll skip that part--that chapter. I don't want to tell you.

You can tell me later when no one's around!

I tell you without this.


Unless you got a secret to tell me so we, we, we exchange.

Okay. What was your father's occupation?

Uh, businessman.

What kind of business?

If I should tell you--yes...

Husband: It's a clothes store.

No, it's more like a dry goods store. Here--there it was a beautiful store. But, but here it's like a corner of Hudson's. Because if I should tell an American girl that we had a store of dry goods and we were five children back home. And we lived nicely, we had fur coats and we had three rooms and a kitchen--which it's, was very nice, our own store, our own building. It's hard to believe from a little corner at Hudson's. But there it was nice. That's what it was. The whole family was preoccupied. Was your--we were going to school, we were young. My older sister was twenty-one years old. She married just when the war broke out, you know, between '38 and '40--and '38 and '39, a few months before the war broke out. And I was the fourth. And she was twenty-one when she got married.

How did uh, did your father--did your, did your own father start the business?


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