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 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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02 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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03 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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04 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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05 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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06 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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07 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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08 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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09 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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010 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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