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Maurice Reinberg sits by the piano with his small daughter Halina.

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    Maurice Reinberg sits by the piano with his small daughter Halina.
    Maurice Reinberg sits by the piano with his small daughter Halina.

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    Caption
    Maurice Reinberg sits by the piano with his small daughter Halina.
    Date
    October 1938?
    Locale
    Lodz, [Lodz] Poland
    Variant Locale
    Litzmannstadt
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Gloria L.K. Greengard

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    Photo Source
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Gloria L.K. Greengard

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    Biography
    Halina Reinberg (later Bergen, later Krauss), the mother of the donor, was born in Lodz Poland in 1935 to Maurice Reinberg (later Bergen, 1904-1988) and Tola Chojnacka Reinberg (1910-2008). Maurice Reinberg was a classical cellist who also played piano, saxophone and clarinet. He his wife Tola and their daughter Halina (1935-1989) came to the United States in early 1939, just months before the outbreak of World War II. They settled in San Francisco where they changed the family name to Bergen.

    Though Halina's immediate family was spared the Holocaust, her extended family was not as fortunate. Her maternal grandmother Gitla Goldberg Chojnacka (born in Piotrokow in 1879) and uncle, (Samuel Simek Chojnacki) both perished in the Holocaust. Samuel Chojnacki (born in Lodz in 1914) was able to leave Poland for Russia but returned to be with his mother Gitla and was murdered as a result. Josif Chojnacki, Gitla's husband, died before the Holocaust. Maurice's parents Nicolai Reinberg (born Mitau, Latvia, 1862) and Lea Levin Reinberg (born Moscow, 1869) also perished in the Holocaust.
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