Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Berek Rothenberg - May 20, 1984

Family Life

And you all slept in the same room?

Same room. So we had two beds and we have two--we call it ??? to make--made from straw--bags from straw. In the nighttime we put it on the floor and, and two kids could sleep on like a mattress. And during the daytime we put it on top--on the, on the bed and the bed was filled high, that's all.

Did you own this home or were you renting?

No, we rented. We didn't own the home.

How was the home heated?

Home heated--coal--wood--coal. And it was heated in--mostly, a lot of people owned their homes, only they come from generation to generation. Like they inherited it from their grandparents, because if the son married, he stayed in the same house. If the daughter married, she stayed in the same house. But business people--so they moved out. Only by the uh, workmen like carpenters, tailors, shoemakers--they were mostly third--not a third class--we called ourselves not for the high class people. For the working class people.

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