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 I am also a Galicianer – searching my roots in Galicia, Poland

By Dina Feldman My father’s side – the starting point of falling in love with Poland More than a decade ago I have started to search my roots in Poland. Then I focused mainly on my family from Piotrków Trybunalski,...

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02 Family of the Brzesko dayan Menasche Kapel

The patriarch of the Kapel/Kapler family (this surname was first written as Kapel, but later changed to Kapler) Menasche was born in Brzesko on June 3, 1866, as the son of Hersch and Perel Kapel. Birth crecord of Menasche Kapel,...

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03 Fischman-Hammer family

In 2023, we hosted an exceptionally large group of descendants of Brzesko Jews in Brzesko. Among them there were descendants of the Fischman-Hammer family, Mrs. Yona Kohen and her son Uri. Yona Kohen. Brzesko, February 1, 2023. Photo by Anna...

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04 Kohs-Bierenbaum family

Some time ago, I came across a card on one of the auction sites. It was written by Blume Rosa Kohs from Brzesko on January 16, 1893. This minimal information helped to recreate the history of another Jewish family from...

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05 Brzesko Branch of the Westreich Family Tree

by Allan Westreich Book excerpt from The Westreich Family Tree: Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together Using Traditional and Genetic Genealogy.  Edited by Allan H. Westreich, Ph.D.  Published by JewishGen Press, 2023. Brzesko branch of the Westreich family tree. Brzesko is...

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06 The Bransdorfs from Brzesko

By Henry Benjamin Winkler The English writer, L.P. Hartley, begins his novel, The Go-Between, with the oft-quoted sentence:           The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there. For many Jews of my family and my generation, our...

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07 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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08 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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09 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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010 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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011 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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012 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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013 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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014 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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015 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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016 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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017 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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018 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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019 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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020 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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021 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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022 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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023 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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024 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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025 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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026 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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027 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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028 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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029 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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030 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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031 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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032 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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033 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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034 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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