Jewish families

We want to save from  oblivion  the history of Jewish families who used to live in Brzesko and neighbouring villages. If you have information about such families, please contact us.

01 Mordechaj Dawid Brandstaetter

Mordechaj (Markus) Dawid Brandstatter was born in a tenement house in the Brzesko Market Square  in 1842. He was the son of a wealthy merchant, Chaskel Brandstatter. He attended rabbi Landau's cheder, and later studied with the rabbi in Limanowa....

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02 Henoch Klapholz and his family

I would like to share today the story of Henoch Klapholz, who was one of the most outstanding persons in Brzesko history. In December 2020, great-grandson of Henoch, prof. Henry Klapholz, found several old photos, one of which most likely...

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03 Lucia Weitzman and her Brzesko ancestors

It will be a long and very touching story about the Berl-Weiss-Gutfreund family of Brzesko and their extraordinary descendant,  Lucia Weitzman. Chaim Berl/Gutfreund was born in Brzesko on June 17, 1879 as the second child of Jeruchem Gutfreund and Chaja...

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04 Kohane-Hamelsdorf-Manheimer family

Here is  another story of a large Jewish family who used to live in various cities of Brzesko and Bochnia poviats. Nowy Wiśnicz - now a small town in Bochnia area - has existed since at least the 13th century,...

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05 Templer family

Not so long ago, Arolsen Archive has made some of its collections available on-line, and today I will share information which made it possible to recreate the history of the Templers, who lived in Brzesko at least from the end...

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06 Abraham Brandsdorfer

It will be a unique story which became possible due to Mr. Marek Sukiennik who shared a photo that he had bought at an auction a few years ago. The photo shows an elderly Jew; it was taken in April...

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07 Nachman Kopald

Do you know that one of Krakow's prominent architects was a Jew born in Bresko area, in Borzęcin?Nachman Jakob Kopald, son of Mosze, was born in Borzęcin on April 15, 1834. At the end of the 1850s, he married Leja...

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08 Fischelberg family

Here is the story of another family of Bresko Jews. It will be a long, but important text. A few weeks ago I came across some information in the book "The Children of Zion" by Henryk Grynberg. A single line:...

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09 Schiff family

Noach Schiff (1844 – 1925) was born in Tarnów as the 8th (out of 10) child of Joseph and Cipre Schiff. His father was the deputy rabbi and merchant of iron goods in Tarnów.  Noach moved to Brzesko and got...

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010 Kaufman-Feigenbaum family

Juda Kaufman (1839-1923), son of Samuel Leib and Gittla from Zborowa, was one of the most respected Bresko Jews. He was a shochet (ritual slaughterer) and a mochel - he circumcised all Jewish boys born in Brzesko during several decades....

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011 Yossele Rosenblatt and Taube Kaufman: history of love

Juda Kaufman (1839-1923) was one of the most respected Brzesko Jews. He was a shochet (ritual slaughterer) and a mohel - it was him who circumcised all Jewish boys born in Brzesko for good couple of decades. Juda Kaufman was...

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012 Eichenholz family

Markus (Mordechai) Hirsch Eichenholz, son of Chaskel Feniger and Gitel Eichenholz, was born in Brzesko on March 13, 1889. His father came from Nowy Wisnicz, and  his mother’s family lived in Brzesko at least for 3 generations. Chaskel Feniger (1864-1910)...

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013 Schmukler family

Joel Schmukler and Chawa Leser got married in Żabno on February 4, 1901. Their eldest son Markel was born in 1901 in Wietrzychowice, Żabno district, and after that the family moved to Dąbrówki Breński (Dąbrowa Tarnowska area). After their first...

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014 Landau family

Dov Landau (born on August 6, 1928) is at this point the only living Holocaust survivor from Brzesko. But here I would like to share few words about his family, which lived in Brzesko for about 200 years. Jewish families...

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015 Teichtal family

Yitzhak Teichtal was born in Brzesko Okocim in 1879 to Samuel Teichtal and Ryfke nee Stern. Yitzhak got married to Chaja nee Mendelbaum, they had at least 4 children: Gittel Towa (1905), Jozef (1908), Roza (about 1910) and Leibisz Arie...

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016 Litwin family

Abraham Chaim Litwin was born in Hornistopol, Ukraine, in 1885 to Zvi Benjamin and Braina. He moved to Poland and got married to Ruchla Roselpacht, daughter of Jakob Majer and Marjem Roselpacht from Brzesko. Abraham Chaim was a shoemaker. They...

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017 Waldman family

Jone Waldman, baker, was born in 1893, lived at Mickewicza street in Brzesko. Jone got married on June 27, 1922, to Chane Nachman, born in 1896, daughter of Szymon and Hinda Nachman from Izdebnik. They had 4 children: Szymon (1923),...

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