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Henri Gotainer was born on March 9, 1931, in the Hôpital Rothschild in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. His parents came from Poland and were stateless since they had never obtained French citizenship. Henri became a French citizen on March 15, 1937. His mother, Sarah Warech, was born on July 24, 1910, in Lodz, but her family was originally from Zaklików. Sarah was an apprentice seamstress. Henri’s father, Chaïa (Charles) Gotainer, was born in April 1907 in Brzeznica or Nowo-Radom. He was a shoemaker. In France he opened a shoe factory and imported used shoes from America that he repaired. Later, he worked as a stall-keeper until the war broke out.  Sarah’s family arrived in France in 1925. Her parents, Joseph and Brandla Warech, spoke Yiddish and were very observant. Henri’s parents met in Denain in the north of France. They at first had a religious marriage. Later, on July 20, 1935, they had a civil marriage under French law. Sarah gave birth to a stillborn child, and when she got pregnant with Henri, she decided to go to Paris. Read more about Henri Gotainer.

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