...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

 

This is a photograph of my father, Meir Holtzman, together with the children of his brothers and sisters, taken in 1939, a short time before he left with my mother to Eretz Israel. 

 

Town

Picture Numbers

Odra River

030

Ohlau

145, 147

Ojców

208, 209, 314, 372, 373, 375, 383, 450

Olawa

195, 382

Olkusz

135

Opatów

306

Oswiecim

237, 334

Otwock

096, 305, 398, 404,

Ozarów

343

Pakose

032

Paris

188, 197

Piaski

161

Pinczów

016, 285, 302

Pinsk

105, 106

Pionki

005

Plock

153, 189, 243, 252, 253, 254, 255, 384, 388

Podgórze

012

Poniatowa

307

Powiercie

290

Poznan

121

Przemysl

198, 333, 416

Przeworsk

054

Pulawy

055, 056

Radom

437

Radomsko

201, 244, 258, 260, 270, 352, 353, 354, 379, 406, 448, 451

Radwan

092

Rokitno Wolyfiskie

059

Równe

250, 263

Sambor

327, 328, 332, 333

Sandomierz

042

Sanok

440

Siedlce

067, 124, 197

Siemiatycze

197

Skala

081, 082, 083, 137, 142, 199, 208, 209, 314, 372, 373, 375, 383, 442, 445

Skalmierzyce Nowe

033

Skryhiczyn on the Bug

014, 078, 150, 158, 165, 264, 319, 329, 358, 361, 365

Sophców

438

Sopot

217, 218

Sowiniec

213, 375

Spassk (Ryazan' Oblast USSR)

280

Stawiski

077

Stezyce

063

Strusów

429

Suwalki

101, 102, 103, 104

Szczecin

058

Szczekociny

109

Szczerców

042

Szydlów

076

Szydlowiec

125, 262, 447

Tarlów

312

Tarnobrzeg

310, 344

Tarnopol

380

Tarnów

028, 051, 070, 077, 278, 301, 444, 446

Tashkent, USSR

396

Teheran

154

Tomaszów Lubelski

037

Truskawiec

226

Tuszyn

163

Udmurt Autonomous Republic

408

Urzedów

265

Uznam

220

Vienna

162, 177, 361

Vilnius

060, 123

Voronezh

429

Wadowice

089

Walbrzych

155, 266

Wapienna

409

Warsaw

041, 046, 058, 072, 094, 095, 096, 116, 140, 151, 152, 156, 159, 165, 166, 173, 180, 181, 186, 187, 188, 205, 210, 211, 234, 246, 248, 257, 309, 311, 325, 326, 330, 331, 345, 346, 355, 359, 363, 367, 374, 385, 386, 387, 392, 393, 400, 401, 408, 417, 419, 422, 430, 431, 441, 453, 454

Wieliczka

313

Wierzbnik

206

Wisniowa Góra

452

Wloclawek

010, 029, 065, 167, 169, 355, 410

Wlodawa on the Bug

040, 282

Wodzislaw Kielecki

038

Wroclaw

045, 382

Zakopane

146, 49

Zakrzówek

124

Zaleszczyki

148

Zawiercie

066

Zdunska Wola

001, 009, 017, 036, 057, 099, 100, 107, 115, 133, 136, 157, 168, 176, 184, 337, 342, 347, 377, 389, 449

Zloczów

139, 324, 413, 414, 415, 429, 439

Zofiówka

214

Zurich

386

 


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