Koszykowa From Warsaw

  • NO
  • From Warsaw
  • Śródmieście
  • Koszykowa
  • private/everyday life
  • quarter/district
  • Basia Berman writes about this place/ 'dinners were expensive and exquisite, but in order to economize and not to draw attention we took 'departmental' meals at the contingent prices- for 8 zlotys vegetables, buckwheat or purée bean (...). The place was crowded, the public was peculiar, there were too many people from the Council for Aid to Jews./'

  • The author started to write on 5 January 1944, and the last entry is dated 14 January 1945. The diary was written in ten, common, chequered school notebooks. Written irregularly. Bermanowa probably took a pen in her hand only when she either found the time or when she felt strong enough. Successive entries, dated scrupulously, written in Polish, were written in occupied Warsaw ('in hiding'), then in occupied ('free') capital and in a number of places near Warsaw (again 'on the Aryan papers'). The first event described took place during the Polish-German War of 1939, the latest - three days before the liberation of Warsaw (17 January 1945).

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