To my beloved father Meir son of Eliahu, who cried in Yiddish and smiled in Hebrew...
Remember Gombin (Gąbin), Poland - My Parents' Shtetl
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"Bnai Gombin" Newsletter nr. 21 September 2007
Bnai Gombin Newsletter nr. 22 - April 2008
Bnai Gombin Newsletter nr. 23 - September 2008
Bnai Gombin Newsletter nr. 24 - April 2009
Bnai Gombin Newsletter nr. 25 - September 2009
Bnai Gombin Newsletter nr. 26 - March 2010
Bnai Gombin Newsletter nr. 27 - September 2010
Bnai Gombin Newsletter nr. 28 - May 2011
Bnai Gombin Newsletter nr. 29 - September 2011
Bnai Gombin Newsletter nr. 30 - April 2012
Bnai Gombin Newsletter nr. 31 - September 2012
Gąbin - cemetery before clean-up 2011
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The Gombin Jewish Historical and Genealogical Society
cordially invites you to our
90th Anniversary Celebration!
Sunday, May 19, 2013, 11am - 2pm
Museum of Jewish Heritage 36 Battery Place New York, 10280 [646-457-4202]
The Yizkor Book in JewishGen
My Appeal in the "JewishGen" 28 March 1998
What is "GOMBIN" for me Now?
The Old Photos of Julian H. Preisler
Screening "Back to Gombin" Film in Tel Aviv Cinematheque, Friday 22.8.2008 14:00
Invitation to the Annual Remembrance Assembly in Beit Gomin Tel Aviv 2009 | The Invitation, 2010
Gombin's School with the teacher Kalmus Standing to the Left ~1924
The Ancient Grand Synagogue of Gombin
Restoration of the Old Synagogue
THE MEMORIAL PROJECTS IN POLAND
The Memorial Projects in Poland
Dedication Ceremony of The Restored Gombin Jewish Cemetery: Polish Newspaper 17.8.99
Dedication Ceremony of The Restored Gombin Jewish Cemetery: Polish Newspaper 18.8.99
Dedication Ceremony of The Restored Gombin Jewish Cemetery: "Jewish Tribune" 1.9.99
Dedication Ceremonies in Poland: the Zamosc Album
The Project of Erecting a Tombstone in Konin's Mass Grave, Jan 2000
Sara Feigenbaum, the only Holocaust survivor of the family Laks of Gombin with Ada Holtzman during the dedication ceremony of the restored cemetery of Gombin, 16 August 1999
We Are Still Here
By Ada Holtzman
more than half a century we are still here,
place of fathers and mothers,
in grief, together we prayed,
Gombiner, Abraham Abele Ben Hayyim Halevi (C1637-1683)
Rabbi Natan Nute Nutkevich - The Rabbi of Gombin: 1921-1933
Rajzel Zychlinsky z"l, the Great Yiddish Poet from Gombin (revised 2003)
THE JEWS OF GOMBIN
The Artisans of Gombin
Zalman Ben Izhak - Gombin Researcher
Icchak Mendel Borensztein & Itta ne'e Ossowski: wedding in Gombin 1912
The Family CHAJA from Gombin
In Memory of Umcza Kerber, the Dwarf of Gombin
Meir Holtzman's Album
The HOLTZMAN Family
The GOSTYNSKI Family
The LUKSENBURG Family
The BIEGELAJZEN Family
We Remember the PARZENCZEWSKA Family
We Remember Dr. Josef Tadelis
Arthur M. Stupay: Family and Roots, the Poland Connection
SAM RAFEL FILM, 1937
Gombin 1937, Scenes Filmed by Sam Rafel when He Visited Gombin in 1937
THE YOUTH MOVEMENTS AND PARTIES
Ha'Shomer Ha'tzayir in Gombin
THE HOLOCAUST IN GOMBIN
The Holocaust in Gombin
Source: Pinkas Hakehilot, Vol. IV, Warsaw and Its Region, Yad Vashem, Jerusaelm 1989, translated by Prof. Leon Zamosc
The Second World War
Gombin was occupied by the German army on September 7, 1939. On arrival, the Germans began to press Jews for forced labor, mainly to refill the defense trenches that had been dug in the area by the Polish army. Towards the end of September 1939 the Jews were ordered to concentrate in the New Market Square. There, they were abused by German policemen, and some were murdered on the spot. On the same day, German soldiers put the town's wooden synagogue on fire. The fire spread to the Beit Hamidrash and to neighboring houses. The Germans blamed the Jews for the fire, imposing on them a collective fine.
Forced Labour in Gombin, original photograph donated to Yad Vashem
The abuses increased from day to day. Early in October 1939, the Jews of Gombin were ordered to wear a yellow star on their clothes. All the males had to register and be available for three days of forced labor per week. Later that month, a Judenrat of six members was established, headed by Moshe Want. At the beginning of 1940 the Gombin Jews were evicted from their homes and concentrated in a separate section of the town.
At first, the ghetto was open and the Jews could go out to purchase food from Polish peasants. At that time, there were 2100 Jews in the ghetto, 250 of whom had been deported from surrounding townships. Men and women were forced to provide a variety of services and work for the German authorities and the German companies that were being established in the area. During the first half of 1941 the Jews began to be rounded up and sent to labor camps in Konin, Eindziov, and Hohenzaltz. About 200 Jews were deported to the labor camps, many of them eventually ending up in Auschwitz.
In the spring of 1942 the Germans liquidated the Gombin ghetto, dispatching the remaining Jews to the extermination camp at Chelmno. The Jews who resisted the Germans and their collaborators were shot on the spot. Only 212 Jews from Gombin survived. Of these, 180 escaped at the time of the German invasion and managed to cross the border into the area of Poland that had been occupied by the Soviet Union. Of the other 32, many spent the war in hiding on the "Aryan side," while a few survived the concentration camps. After the war, the majority of those who remained alive went to Israel.
Gombin Ghetto ("Encyclopedia of the Ghettos during the Holocaust", Yad Vashem, Jerusalem 2009)
Names from the Abyss - Gombin Ghetto and the Joint 1940 – The File in Acrobat ;
File in Excel
The Names of Gombiners Commemorated in Beit Gombin
"Pages of Testimony" in Yad Vashem of Jews from Gombin - Partial List
The Yizkor Book of Gombin | List of Contents
The Whole Yizkor Book Of Gombin - On-Line in the NYPL Library Web Site
Rare Photograph of Gombin Jews during Ghetto Times
The Konin Concentration Camp (where Gombiner Men Were Transported 8.3.1942)
The Memorial Web Page of Abram Seideman
Roza and Lusia GIPS: Postcards from the Abyss
List of Auschwitz Prisoners from Gombin, USHMM database.
Rare Picture of Lilka Dziewczepolski Hy"d, Sitting in the Middle, among Friends at Gombin
Gombin School – contributed by Mr. Zeew Chaj (Altman), Israel, who received it from Frenkel, Paris. Second row, second from the right: Tatarka from America. The fourth teacher from the left is Princ!
Gombin School – contributed by Mr. Zeew Chaj (Altman), Israel, who received it from Frenkel, Paris. The teacher Rembaum is in the center.
GOMBIN'S JEWISH GENEALOGY & HISTORY
"Gombin" in Pinkas Hakehilot, Encyclopaedia of Jewish Communities, Poland Vol IV Warsaw and Its Region, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem 1989, pp154-156.
Remnants from the Community of Gombin Following R' Yehuda Lajb Zlotnik (L.Z. – Avida) Article
AKT 454 (the most important document): in Excel | In Acrobat
The Old Registry Book of Gombin
A Business Directory of Gabin, 1925.
List of Men and their Occupation: Gombin 1891-1893
Recruit List Gombin Men (1866-1899) AKTA 507
The Voter Duma List of Gombin, 1907
MATZEVOT - Remnants of the Jewish Cemetery of Gombin
AKT454 (the most important document) - The Database in Excel or Word - Send Me a Request!
Immigrants to America from Gombin Years: 1892-1924
Various Documents 19th Century
BACK TO GOMBIN
"Back to Gombin" Web Site
The distributor of the film is The National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University (see under Holocaust films)
National Center for Jewish Film
Brandeis University MS053
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
phone: 781 899 7044 or 781 736 8600
jewishfilm "at" brandeis.edu (replace "at" by @ to avoid spam)
Screening "Back to Gombin" Film in Tel Aviv Cinematheque, Friday 22.8.2008 14:00
Screening in Isreal
MEIR HOLTZMAN MEMOIRS
"The Holidays in Gombin" - From Meir Holtzman's Memories (Hebrew)
Meir Holtzman Memoirs in JewishGen
THE COMMUNITY PROPERTY
WJRO Records: The Community Property
Akt 454 | Akt 507 | List of Men 1891-1893 | Old Book | Business Directory | Duma List
Gombin House | Yad Vashem | Transport to Andrzejwo | Transport to Chelmno |
List of the Dead Prisoners in Konin | List of the Prisoners Alive in Konin 7.8.1943 | Ellis Island Database
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