Moshe Aharon Holcman, my uncle, brother of my father Meir Holcman, born in Gombin around 1910 and pwerished in Chelmno on April 17th, 1942. He was one of 9 children of Rasza & Eliahu Holcman. Only my father Meir and his sister Chana survived, being khalutzim in Kibbutz Evron and Kibbutz Negba, Eretz Israel.
Moshe Aharon Holcman was very handsome and worked in the damily Holcman business of fruits commerce. He married Miril from Wiszogrod (her surname was not remembered by my late father Meir Holcman z"l) and had two blond prettiest girls: Channale and Perla who was born only in 1937. All the family murdered in the Holocaust.
Meir Holcman with the children of his brothers and sisters. Channa Holcman - daughter of Miril from Wyszogrod and Mosze Aron Holcman is sitted at the bottom, to the right. Perla was not born yet and is not in the picture.
In the first picture above, Mosz Aharon he is in his early twenties, bright future, busy in the family business of fruit and eggs commerce, happy... life is just beginning...
In the second picture, we see the same man, under the oppression in the Ghetto. The picture was stamped by the SS eagle nazi stamp, but one cannot see it clearly in the scanned picture. It was found, among other 5-7 pictures of other family members, in the municipality of Gombin, after liberation. In the chaos that prevailed there, one Jewish Gombiner, soldier in the Red Army, grabbed as many pictures as he could and brought to Israel years later.
Mosze Aharon Holcman. Only your eyes reveal the suffering and express the agony. Your look follows me everywhere, and your memory shall never be lost. I wish I could revenge your futile death, and the murder of your beloved wife and innocent daughters. I cannot. I can only do all what is in my powers to commemorate you.
There in heaven, do know we never forgot you!
Mosze Aharon Holcman was filmed by Sam Rafal, in his film from 1937:
His smile was frozen for ever... His memory will be preserved for ever!
The "Daf Ed" (Page of Testimony) filled for his memory by my father Meir Holcman in Yad Vashem:
Last Updated November 2nd, 2003