...And I Still See Their Faces

Images of Polish Jews
'What was written long ago comes true: "The light of remembrance brings life back." Today it is we who are responsible for keeping this light shining.'
Golda Tencer'
Book and Exhibition of the American - Polish - Israeli
Shalom Foundation. The Foundation was established in 1988 upon the initiative of Golda Tencer - an actress and the director of the E.R. Kaminska State Jewish Theatre Warsaw.
A collection of 455 photographs - a tribute to a vanished world, life and culture of Polish Jewery, now On-Line, by the courtesy of the
Wiesenthal Tolerance Museum

This is a special exhibition available on-line. 455 old photographs saved from the oblivion, found in atics, in deserted empty houses, empty of their previously Jewish owners, in a country without Jews, in Poland.

Each picture tears you apart. Each picture penetrates the heart. There is the whole univers behind each name, behind each image, story of hopes, struggle, death...

My late parents left me hundreds of similar pictures from their youth and their hometown Gombin. They kept it in a black old wooden box, which was always cherished like a hidden treasure. It contained pieces of their souls, their memories, their longings, their endless pain...
So all of a sudden I found on the web hundreds of similar photographs.
Every picture is another brick in a fantastic virtual Monument of commemoration of that grand Jewery who was destroyed and liquidated in our times.

Each picture and its unique story. And sometimes, what is not told has more significance than word themselves... May be someone will recognize an image? Everyone still has hidden hopes to find traces of their family members, and these rare pictures may be the only trace of a person, a family, a community...

There is an index of all the persons mentioned in the album. But there is no index of the places, of all those hometowns of our fathers and mothers. How can we remember what we have never seen? What the eye sees equals to thousand words... So I decided to create the index of the places mentioned in the photographs.

Ada Holtzman
Tel Aviv - 29 July 1999

The picture of Golda Itta Bauman, nee Holcman, from Gombin, mother of Channa and Hela, perished in Chelmno April 1942. I am named after her. The picture is stamped by the S.S., found in the municipality of Gombin after the war.

A - F

 Town

Picture Numbers

Ahlbeck

220

Alytus in Lithuania

340

Andrychów

207

Augustów

006, 356

Baczki

043

Baranów

272

Baranów Sandomierski

007, 020, 021, 069, 071, 074, 085, 098, 119, 120, 193, 371, 376

Bedzin

117, 164, 443

Belchatów

042, 291

Biala Podlaska

279

Bialystok

181

Bielsko Biala

027, 088, 204, 246, 277

Bocianka

197

Boryslaw

349

Brody

177, 427

Brzesc

003

Brzozów

080, 093, 118, 170, 198, 271, 274

Brzuchowice

361

Budionny kolkhoz in Uzbekistan

179

Busko-Zdrój

068

Buzuluk in Siberia

154

Cewków

226

Chelm

019, 232, 245, 275, 281, 283

Chelmno on the Ner

290, 291

Ciechocinek

222

Cieszyn

024, 194, 350

Czerniowce

434

Czestochowa

132, 141

Deblin

111, 112

Dobromil

182, 196, 411

Donbas

178

Drobin

252, 253, 254, 255

Drohiczyn

374

Drohobycz

044, 084, 349, 435

Dukla region

203

Dzhambul

267

 


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