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 Vogelhut-Brodman family

Some time ago, Mrs Marilyn Fish contacted our Association. Her great-grandparents, Jonas and Chawa Bluma Vogelhut, lived in Brzesko, but several of their children emigrated to the USA in the 1920s avoiding death in the Shoah. Several days of intensive...

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02 Schreiber family

There are only several post-war tombstones at the Brzesko Jewish cemetery. Most of them stand on symbolic graves of people murdered during the war – it often happened that surviving Jews wanted to honour the memory of their murdered relatives...

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03 Knobloch family

In the beginning of January 2022, Noa Shashar - descendant of Brzesko Schiff family - told me about an article she found in the Yiddish newspaper "Der Moment" from November 21, 1930. Reporter N. Kleinberger from Brzesko wrote about the...

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04 Schindler family

This article is mainly based on the book "Two who survived. Rose and Max Schindler's story" by M.Lee Connolly, which is dedicated to the story of Holocaust survivors Max Schindler and his wife Rose Schwartz. Since Max's parents, Benjamin Schindler...

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05 Mala Zimetbaum, Brzesko-born heroine of Auschwitz

Mala Zimetbaum was born in Brzesko on January 20, 1918 as the youngest, sixth child in the family of the merchant Pinkas Zimetbaum/Hartman and Chaje Feigel nee Schmalzer. Mala Zimetbaum Mala's paternal grandparents, Berl Hartman from Brzesko and Marjem Jochwet...

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06 Teitelbaum rabbis

Although Brzesko was a very small town before the war, there used to be four stone synagogues and a wooden one, and Brzesko rabbis belonged to famous rabbinical families - Lipschitz, Templer and Teitelbaum. The oldest ancestor of this last...

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07 Finder and Brandsdorfer families from Rudy Rysie village

Since 2016 our Association, municipal culture center and the mayor of Brzesko have been organizing the annual project "We know your names" dedicated to commemoration of the pre-war Jewish community of Brzesko and vicinity. During the last edition of this...

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08 Kling family

The Ghetto Fighters House Archive in Israel https://www.gfh.org.il/eng/Archive has got 4 photos of Lea Kling, a Holocaust survivor from Brzesko, who was in a DP camp in Italy after the war. Lea (Lieba) Kling (on the left) together with the...

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09 Kleinberger family

At the Ghetto fighters house archive website https://www.gfh.org.il/eng/Archive there is a photo signed as "Szymon Kleinberger and his sister working in the family's bakery in Brzesko before the war". Data from Yad Vashem, Arolsen archives and Brzesko vital records allowed...

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010 Polaniecki-Epstein family: testimony of Joseph Polaniecki (part 2/2)

This is the second part of the testimony of Joseph Polaniecki recorded in march 2021. - Was your family chasidic? -  We were orthodox Jews, we were not hasidic. My grandfather had a beard, but my father was emancipated because...

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