My father, Roman Gould, was born Yrachmiel Goldberg, on July 2, 1919, in Lodz, Poland, the second youngest of five children. My grandfather, Ben Tzion, was a fabric distributor while my grandmother, Bluma Goldberg, stayed home to raise the children. All of my father’s family were killed during the Holocaust except for a sister, Tova, who survived in hiding with her husband’s family. My father was interned in the Lodz Ghetto, the Warsaw Ghetto, many work camps and was ultimately released from Flossenberg Concentration Camp.
My mother, Helen Gould, was born Chaya Sarah Silberfeld in Beleize, Poland (near Lublin) to Menacham Mendel and Matal Silberfeld. She was merely 14 when the war began. She was the oldest of four children (although my mother did say occasionally that her mother also had given birth to twins in the ghetto). My mother’s whole family perished except for one brother, Shulman Silberfeld, who has lived his entire life in Frankfort, Germany. My mother was interned in the Lublin Ghetto and Auschwitz from which she was on the 100 mile forced march and was liberated from Bergen-Belsen Camp.
My parents were both in displaced persons camps after the war. In May 1950 they met by chance when they found themselves on the same boat coming to the US. My mother was settled in NYC and my father in Rochester. They maintained a long-distance relationship until their marriage in February 25, 1952. My father worked in Rochester in a variety of factory jobs. Frustrated by the antisemitism he experienced seeking work, he Americanized his name to Gould upon becoming a citizen in 1955.
My mother stayed at home while my father worked at Bond’s Clothing Factory making pockets and ultimately becoming a foreman. For many years, he worked a second job at Champion Clothing.
My parents both worked hard always attempting to make a better life for my sister, Minna (Gould Norris), and me. Without a formal education they were able to teach themselves to speak and read English and educate their children. Their legacy is their family for whom they worked so hard to provide. Their greatest joy was having grandchildren.They defied Nazi Germany and survived!
Biography written by Bette M. Gould-Ross, Esq. , Daughter