List of the Martyrs who Died and Buried by the Jewish Inmates in Konin - Their Grave is in the Catholic Cemetery of Konin.

 

From Theo Richmond book: "Konin a Quest", Vintage 1996, ISBN 0 09 940981 x, page 429

There is one Jewish memorial in Konin, though it is extremly hard to find. It is in the large Catholic cemetery that spreads across a steep hillside above the road to Kolo: a peaceful place, close to an old Franciscan church and monastry. Mature chestnut trees shade the well-tended graves, the simple marble crosses and extravagant family tombs. Candles flicker amid bunches of newly laid flowers. There are manyreminders of war: monuments to soldiers who fell in battle, and civilians who were "innocent victims of the Nazi terror".

An old man told us where the Jews were buried. He pointed to a path leading to the upper boundary of the cemetery where, among crosses and holy statues, we found a solitary Star of david, engraved on a simple tombstone. This is where Jewish prisoners from the labour camp - the House of Bondage" near Konin's railway station at Czarkow were interred. By the time of their deaths the Jewish cemetery was already in ruins.

Rabbi Aaronson recorded in his diary:

"We buried the dead of the Konin camp as best we could according to Jewish rites and tradition, but that would not permit us to bury them in the Jewish cemetery, only in the Christian graveyard. In every grave I tried to place a bottle in which there was a note giving the name of the dead, date of death etc. On 17 July 1942, some twenty men were taken from us for work in the Polish cemetery. Some Jews had been buried in special graves among those of the Poles, and the mayor of Konin ordered these bodies to be exhumed and reburied in a communal grave at the southwest corner.

There a pit was dug, about twenty meters long and two meters wide. Into this pit were placed all the dead and the killed, who had previously been buried separately on a hill opposite. The work was hard as well as saddeningly painful, the more so as it was carried out under the supervision of an armed guard, who obliged the Jews to labour to the end of their strength. With his watch in hand, he allowed five minutes for the removal of each corpse to the new place. He would not allow a single minute to be spent on taking a look at the bodies of the martyrs. This was the method of removal: the bodies were lifted by garden forks poked into the eyeholes or the skull or body. Then lime was thrown onto each body before it was thrust into the pit. Those who carried out this work included relatives of the dead. They were forbidden to take the bottles containing details of each of the dead. I did manage to throw a few of these bottles into the pit without the guard noticing, but most of these bottles remained where I had first put them - though the dead, to whom they refer, do not lie there."

 

The memorial marking the mass grave where we stood bore the inscription: "TO THE JEWS ABOMINABLY MURDERED BY THE NAZI OPRESSORS IN THE CAMP IN CZARKOW IN THE YEARS 1941-43. Compatriots, Konin XI 1945." Thick clusters of marigolds not yet in bloom filled the long rectangular space. The grave was well cared for, and so it was a pity that the ground next to it was used as a dumping-place for rotting leaves, broken glass and litter.

 


SURNAME

Given Name

Marital Status

Born

TOWN OF ORIGIN

AJZIK

Szlomo

Married

1897

GOSTYNIN

AKAVIA

? Father

 

 

OSMOLIN

AKAVIA

? Son

 

 

OSMOLIN

ALTERMAN

Azriel

Married

1891

GOMBIN

BER

Szaja

Married

1890

GOMBIN

BLAMBOJM

Abraham

Married

1879

GOMBIN

BOCZKO

Zeew

Single

1922

GOMBIN

BRISTOWSKI

Lipa

Single

1928

GOSTYNIN

CIMERMAN

Chajm Mordechai

Married

1906

GOSTYNIN

DZJEDZIC

Meir Szmuel

Married

1878

GOMBIN

DZYK

Nathan

Married

1885

GOMBIN

ERDBERG

Moshe

Single

1919

GOMBIN

FEINZILBER

Josef

Single

1914

GOSTYNIN

FILIPSON

Chuno

 

1919

ZYCHLIN

FRENKEL

Abraham

 

 

GOMBIN

FUKS

Szmuel

Married

1884

GOMBIN

GELBERT

Nahum

Married

1905

GOMBIN

GOLDBERG

Nachum

Married

1884

GOSTYNIN

HODYS

Icchak

 

1886

GOMBIN

HOLCBERG

Cwi

Married

1894

SANNIKI

JAKOBOWICZ

Zew

Single

1922

JAKSICE

KAMLAZH

Feiwisz

Married

 

GOMBIN

KAZMIERSKI

Lajb

 

1895

SANNIKI

KERBER

Meir

Married

1904

GOMBIN

KLEINOT

Getzel

 

 

GOSTYNIN

KNOPF Dr.

Hans

 

 

BERLIN

KOT

Moshe

Single

1920

GOMBIN

KOWENT

Icchak

Single

1911

GOSTYNIN

LASKI

Moshe

Married

1891

GOMBIN

LASMAN

Eliezer (Lajzer)

Married

1913

GOSTYNIN

LEWKOWICZ

Josef

Single

1911

GOSTYNIN

LIPSZIC

Szlomo

Married

1891

GOMBIN

MARKOWICZ

Katriel

Married

1903

JAKSICE

MICHALSKI

Shlomo

 

1918

GOSTYNIN

MOTIL

Jakob Lajb

Married

1893

GOSTYNIN

MUNCZEK

Lajb

Married

1899

GOMBIN

NEUDORF

Abraham

Married

 

PLOCK

NUSENOWICZ

Abraham

Married

1897

GOSTYNIN

NUSENOWICZ

Zalman

 

 

GOSTYNIN

POZNANSKI

Chaim

Single

1907

GOMBIN

PYTROKOWSKI

Dawid

 

1910

PODDEBICE

RAK

Moshe Jakob

Married

1909

GOSTYNIN

REJZMAN

Jechiel Meir

Married

1902

SANNIKI

ROGOZINSKI

Wolf

 

 

GOMBIN

ROGOZINSKI

Abraham

 

 

GOMBIN

ROZENHOLC

Lajb

Single

1923

SANNIKI

SEIF

Abraham

 

 

GOSTYNIN

SZCZAWINSKI

Melech

Married

1899

GOMBIN

SZYMBAUM

Abraham

Married

1893

GOMBIN

SZINIAK

Szimon

Single

1918

PODDEBICE

SZLANG

Moshe

Married

1909

GOMBIN

SZUREJN

Josef

Married

1891

GOSTYNIN

TABACNIK

Abraham Aharon

 

1920

GOSTYNIN

TIBER

Jakob

Married

1886

GOMBIN

TIBER

Gerszon

Married

1896

GOMBIN

TIBER

Jechiel Meir

Married

1889

GOMBIN

WEJCNER

Abraham

Married

1890

GOSTYNIN

WIDAWSKY

Chaim Cwi

Married

1894

PODDEBICE

WIKSEL

Abraham

Single

1923

PODDEBICE

WOLMAN

Lajbisz

 

1901

GOMBIN

WROBLE

Sender (Aleksander)

Married

1907

 

ZIELONKA

Philip Fiszel Ber

Married

 

 

ZIGER

Rewen

Married

1897

GOMBIN

 

Blessed be Their Memory for Eternity!

We Do Not Forget!!!

The Project of Erecting a Tombstone, Jan 2000


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