...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. 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

Chana Necha Zlotnik, daughter of Lajzer, wife of Awigdor Bromberg. She was born in Plock, 1914. She married in Warsaw, March 1939. She was with the husband in the Warsaw Ghetto, until the final liquidation of the Ghetto. She died in Bergen Belsen, year unknown. She was my father's first cousin. We mourn her and her husband and the children who will never be born to them.

 Town

Picture Numbers

Garwolin

004

Goleszów

370

Góra Kalwaria

013

Gorlice

061, 062

Grebów

344

Grodno

134, 138, 172, 200, 212

Grójec

336

Horodenka

268

Husiatyn on the Zbrucz

263

Hrubieszów

075

Inowroclaw

032, 409

Irkutsk

177, 427

Iwanik

105, 106

Iwonicz-Zdrój

226

Jadów

284

Janów Lubelski

308

Janów Podlaski

073

Jaroslaw

364, 367, 426

Jaslo

223, 266, 436

Jedrzejó

109

Kajanka

197

Kalisz

033, 143, 175, 191, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 317, 318

Kaly

130

Kamionka

171

Katowice

018, 221

Kazimierz

210

Kazimierz nad Wisla

005

Kielce

276

Kolbuszowa

090, 091, 259, 261

Kolno

077

Kolomyja

335, 419

Konin

348, 433

Kozowo

236

Kraków

005, 025, 031, 114, 128, 181, 190, 213, 219, 249, 294, 295, 296, 297, 298, 299, 313, 367, 397, 407, 432

Krakow - Plaszów

304

Krasnik Lubelski

110

Krosno

203, 361

Krosno on the Wislok

289

Krynica

226, 228, 229

Krzepice

141

Kudowa-Zdrój

221

Kurów

053

Kutno

023, 164

Lelów

109

Lesko

107

Lezajsk

183, 247

Linów estate

343

Lochów

043

Lodi

213

Lódz

002, 008, 034, 038, 127, 129, 130, 131, 156, 163, 202, 217, 218, 233, 249, 286, 287, 288, 291, 318, 322, 341, 361, 391, 402

Lomza

077

Lososno on the Neman

212

Lowicz

052

Lubaczów district

226

Lublin

022, 047, 048, 049, 050, 124, 161, 256, 339

Lutowiska

215

Lvov

035, 144, 171, 185, 217, 218, 234, 269, 315, 321, 327, 328, 331, 332, 333, 395, 399, 403, 413, 414, 415

Milanówek

122

Mlawa

231, 251

Myglenice

026, 292, 294, 303

Nagasaki

216

Naleczów

011

Nova Yegorevka

180

Nowodwórna

160

Nowy Most

174

Nowy Sacz

230, 418

 


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