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 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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02 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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03 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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04 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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05 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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06 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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07 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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08 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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09 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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010 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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