Irene Weinberg (Gottdenker) (1922 - 2007)

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Birthplace: Lwow, Poland
Death: Died in West Hollywood, California, United States
Occupation: Educator, Survivor
Managed by: Norbert Weinberg
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About Irene Weinberg (Gottdenker)

The full story of Irene Weinberg can be fond online at[ [http://www.courageofspirit.com]. Follow link at top of webpage for " Megillat Esther". Irene Weinberg, a native of Lwow, Poland(now Ukraine), was studying art

           and music when the Germans invaded Poland. She survived by taking on 
           a false identity and working in German occupation government 
           offices. When her identity was uncovered, she escaped to Warsaw, 
           where again, she survived under false identity and obtained work in 
           government offices. 
           She lived in a building occupied by German Army and SS officers and 
           hid her aunt inside a closet in her apartment. With her access to 
           government documents, she was able to provide false identity papers 
           to other Jews who could thereby stay out of the Warsaw ghetto and 
           the extermination camps.
           Toward the end of the war, she was drafted into labor camps as a 
           Polish non-Jew. After liberation, she escaped Poland into Austria, 
           where she met and married Rabbi Dr. William Weinberg, a leader among 
           the Jewish refugees. They moved to Frankfurt, Germany, where he was 
           appointed State Rabbi of Hesse, and she was his right hand as he 
           dealt with the rebirth of the Jewish community under the auspices of 
           the American military and the new German government.
           They moved to the United States in 1951, and for several years she 
           worked as an artist for a decorated goods company while her husband 
           mastered English in order to serve as a rabbi in America. In the 
           following years, she assisted with Jewish education in her husband's 
           congregations and was active with sisterhood, Hadassah, and other 
           Jewish organizations.
           In later years, she tutored youth for bar mitzvah, volunteered at 
           the Bureau of Jewish Education and sang with a senior chorus that 
           performed for residents at retirement homes.

Rare phtographs of her experience are available online at the website of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow:

http://www.forum.galiciajewishmuseum.org/viewtopic.php?t=32

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Irene Weinberg's Timeline

1922
January 25, 1922
Lwow, Poland
2007
July 15, 2007
Age 85
West Hollywood, California, United States
July 17, 2007
Age 85
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
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