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 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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02 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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03 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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04 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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05 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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06 Polaniecki-Epstein family: testimony of Joseph Polaniecki (part 1/2)

In February and March 2021, I participated in several on-line meetings with Joseph Polaniecki.  Father of Mr Polaniecki, Abraham Alter Polaniecki, born in Tarnów in 1892, was the son of Jonas Polaniecki and Chaja nee Luftig. He married Freidel (Frieda)...

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07 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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08 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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09 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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010 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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