From Klodno Wielkie to the British Navy

In 2009 we managed to reunite members of a Polish family split by the World War II. We found relatives of Mr S. Paliwoda from England and we visited a village in the Ukraine where his family used to live before the war. Father of Mr Paliwoda lived... Read more

Six brothers from Fuks family. A story from Brzeziny

Looking for uncle Aron’s house Brzeziny is a small place in central Poland. In spite of its microscopic size, for many years it had been the greatest tailoring center in the country. Almost all of the local tailors were of Jewish origin and the... Read more

Jewish Brzeziny during the Second World War

The Nazi German Army entered the town on the first days of war, in September 1939. It had been decided that Brzeziny, together with the western part of Poland, would be incorporated to the Third Reich, whereas the areas east of the town were to... Read more

The discreet charm of Krzepice

Częstochowa, a small city in central Poland, has one of  the longest lists of Jewish Holocaust survivors in Poland. Thanks to the activities of World Society of Czestochowa Jews, the story of its Judaic population is very well documented. But what... Read more

Unknown photos of Jewish life / Myszkow and Zarki

In 1983, my American friend, Harry Birnholz came for a tour to communist Poland. He payed a visit to his father’s family town, Myszkow (yiddish Mishkov ). One of the places he visited was a studio of a local photographer, Mr Bożek, who turned... Read more

AL Golleschau

Cement plant in Goleszów ( Golleschau ) Reportedly, Dr Hans Frank, the Governor-General of the Nazi-occupied Poland, used to say very often that Poland was the largest labour camp in the whole of Europe. This dictum of his was not far from the... Read more

Opoczno survival story

opoczno survival story

Everyone who either reads press articles or watches TV broadcasts in Poland will easily notice that one of the most contested topics concerning the country’s  last decades history is the Poles’ attitude towards their Jewish neighbours.... Read more

Czestochowa off the beaten (pilgrim) track

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Photos from my last visit to Częstochowa. On the hot summer days we were tracing the family places of Jewish families of Epstein and Działoszyński that once lived there. Skyline of Częstochowa – dominated by churches and closed industrial... Read more