Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Brenda Reiss - June 23, 1983


The following is an interview with Mrs. Brenda Reiss at her home in Oak Park, Michigan the morning of June 28, 1983. Donna Miller is the interviewer.

Can you tell me your name?

My name is Brenda Reiss, R-e-i-s-s.

And what was your maiden name?


Could you spell that? S-e-r-a-d-z-k-a. Okay. Can you tell me when and where you were born?

I'm born in Poland, in Kalisz.

And uh, what date were you born?

Nineteen twenty-three.

Can you tell me something about life in Kalisz before the war?

My father was a very religious man. My mother was very religious. I was a Jew. I always...

That's okay.

I always was persecuted because I'm a Jew.

Uh, what did your father do for a living?

My father was in business--in the wheat business.

Uh-huh, uh-huh, and how many brothers and sisters?

It was eight, and all together was ten.

Okay. How many brothers and how many--how many were boys and how many were girls?

I got four sisters, um, four sisters and two brothers was twins.

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