• I was born in Kiel, Germany on July 20, 1931.

 

  • My father was Beryl Munz, born in Tarnow, Poland in 1896 and who died 3 months before my birth in 1931.

 

  • My Mother was Rosa Brachfeld, born in Rzesow, Poland in 1903. I moved to Berlin in 1933 when my Mother married Avrum Galanty. Both my father and stepfather were in the fabric business, as in those years most clothing was custom made

 

  • We were living in Berlin and were making plans to flee the country when we got word that someone had run away with our money. We followed that person to Rotterdam. The Netherlands and got our money back. I neglected to mention that in 1934 my sister Rita was born.

 

  • I remember attending a Jewish school for about six months before fleeing Germany. I donŐt think Jewish children were accepted in public schools. I also remember not being allowed to sit on benches in the park. Verboten! There were shortages of food- no real coffee, but this was nothing compared to what was yet to come to those who remained.

 

  • We arrived in Hoboken, New Jersey in June, 1938 on the S.S. Statendam, a Holland American cruiser. We were met at the pier by the Flink Family who were ŇlandsleitÓ from Berlin or Poland. We settled in Newark, New Jersey and from there located to Washington Heights. It was then a neighborhood settled by German Jews and Rabbi BreuerŐs Congregation. They did much to further Yiddishkeit in America. Kashrut, a Mikveh, a school and a large Congregation.

 

  • I did not know too many relatives in Germany. My Mother had an aunt who actually raised her and this Aunt had three children with whom we remained close all of our lives. They lived near us in Washington Heights. I never knew my fatherŐs relatives but I do remember one uncle, a brother of my Mother, who would come to us on Shabbat. Each week he brought me a new doll, the old one did not survive the week. He was a bachelor and did not survive the war. My Mother had one sister and two more brothers, none of whom survived the war.

 

  • My stepfather died in 1943, leaving my Mother a widow with two daughters to raise. She was a true survivor- went into the millinery trimming business and supported us as best she could.