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 Web Site Has Been Initiated and Erected by
Yitzhak Eisenberg, Israel email: y_eisenberg "at" hotmail.com (to avoid spam)
Viktor Lewin, Canada email: viklewin "at" shaw.ca
Warren Grynberg , England, email Losicers "at" aol.com
Ada Holtzman, Israel, email: ada "at " zchor.org

In Memory of Losice Shtetl Which Once Graced This Earth and is No More...

The Restored Cemetery. May 2008

Years of hard labor, endless efforts and dedication finally bear fruit. as the memorial monument of the Jewish destroyed cemetery of Losice was erected. The dedication ceremony took place in May 2008, with the participation of donors, survivors, successor generation and supporters.

Viktor Lewin who was the main force  of the project  would  like to thank first of all the the survivors and children of survivors, many of whom travelled from great distances to attend:
Jankiel Kulawiec, survivor, living in Legnica;
 Yakov Voda (Jankiel's nephew), wife Zipora and sister-in-law Miriam from Afula, Israel;
Renee Glassner, survivor and her husband Martin Glassner  from Hamden, Connecticut, along with their grand-daughter Marisa Abrahams;

 Rosalie Holmgren (daughter of survivor Dora Goldfarb) and husband Arne from Stockholm, Sweden;

Len Rutman (son of survivor Luba Rutman) and Lucyna Grych from Toronto, Ontario (Canada);

Gert Solnik Rogers from Toronto, Ontario;

Barbara Hilpman from Marysville, Kansas;

Dr. Norman Weinberg and wife Hannah from Buffalo, New York;

Friede and Katie Hopf from Oldenburg, Germany;

Viktor Lewin (son of survivor Jakob Lewin) from Winnipeg, Manitoba,(Canada);

The Singer and Binshtok families;
Warren Grynberg from U.K. and Yitzhak Eisenberg from Israel.

 

Viktor Lewin wishes to thank also the partners in Poland:

Mayor Janusz Kobylinski, Piotr Wyczolkowski, Ania Jastrzebska of Losice and Rafal Zubkowicz of Sarnaki. Their support and friendship is unwavering and to a very large degree instrumental to the realization of the memorial. I also want to thank Marek Jerzman, Dr. Norman Weinberg and Andrzej Omasta.


Last pre-war rare photo of Jewish cemetery in Losice


View of portion of matzevot making up the memorial, dedication ceremony, May 2008


Display of matzevot and Hannah Weinberg, dedication ceremony, May 2008
 


Men at rear, left to right, Viktor Lewin, Rutman, Arne Holmgren, Martin Glassner
Women from left to right: Lucyna Grych, Katie & Friede Hopf, Rosalie Holmgren, Renee Glassner and Marisa Abrahams,
 dedication ceremony, May 2008

More Photograps of the dedication Ceremony

 

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Aug 2006: Son's Tribute to His Father
 

Restoration Phases

 

Renewied Appeal August 16th, 2006

 

Back from Losice June 2006: Our Sanctuary

 

     Status of Losice Memorial Project.  June 2004 

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Photographs 1920s

Source: Viktor Lewin September 2005

 

Losice Market Scene 1924


Losice Rynek 1924
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Losice in 1928
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Documents and Old Postcards

Pieces of Memory...

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The Memorial Project of Losice

 The Matzevot are Recovered September 2003

More Matzevot Deciphered Jan 2007

New Matzevot Deciphered, August 2007

The Index

Winnipegger Raising Funds to Restore Looted Gravestones in Poland "Canadian Jewish News" August 28th, 2003

The Donors & Supporters of the Losice Memorial Project in Poland: Restoration of the Jewish Cemetery


The Former Jewish Cemetery of Losice

Photograph Taken by Warren Grynberg in 2001

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A Map

Pre-War Map of Losice, Contributed of Viktor Lewin

 1957 Aerial Photograph of Losice

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Losice Yizkor Book is On-Line! March 2004  

LOSICE Yizkor Book
Loshits; Lezeykher an Umgebrakhter Kehile
Losice; in Memory of a Jewish Community, Exterminated by Nazi Murderers
M. Szner, Losice Landsleit in Israel and the Diaspora, Tel Aviv, 1963

Translated by Viktor Lewin

Images scanned by Warren Grynberg, U.K.

The English translation was edited by Ada Holtzman, Tel Aviv May 2004

 

Loshits; Lezeykher an Umgebrakhter Kehile

 

*      List of Contents (460-464)

   The Shtetl (p. 1-32)

*      Memories of the Past (p.33. 5

 

*      Social Movements (p. 55-116)
 

*      The Religious Life (p. 117 – 142)
 

*      People of the Shtetl (p.145 – 207)
 

*      Workers and Leaders (p. 209 – 232)
 

*      Personalities (p. 233 – 240)
 

*      The Holocaust ("der Khurban") (p. 241 – 364)
 

*      Revenge (p 265 – 412)
 

*      Jews Spread Worldwide (p.413 – 426)
 

*      In the Homeland (p. 427 – 459)

 

Losice Original Yizkor Book is On-Line! March 2004

The List of the Martyrs

Eddie Weinstein: 17 Days in Treblinka , The Story of an Escape from Treblinka, Yad Vashem 2002 


The deportation, Losice 1942
(Source: Loshytz, Lezecher un umgekumener kehila)

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Losicer Victims in Auschwitz

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 Three Books Written by Losicers

1. Oscar Pinkus, The House of Ashes, Union College Press, 1990

Viktor Lewin writes about this book:

It was first published in Israel as "Ud Mutzal" אוד מוצל. It was originally published in the U.S. in 1964 by Union College Press.

        Briefly, it chronicles how the Pinkus/Losice families survived. At the start as 27 people in a small hideout in the attic of the Losice home ( still exists ), to being aided by a Polish policeman, and finally hiding in dugouts and pits on the Karbicki farm near Konstantynow.

The book is availably in  Amazon

 

 

 

 

 
2. Edi Weinstein, 17 Days in Treblinka, The Story of an Escape from Treblinka, Yad Vashem, 2002  

Viktor Lewin writes about Weinstein's book: Eddie's story is remarkable because of his escape from Treblinka. Then known as Yidl Vainshtein he succeeded by hiding under piles of clothing which was scheduled to leave Treblinka after their victims no longer had need of them. Upon his escape Edi also sought refuge in the forest and clearly states that he owes his life to the Szczebunskis and Helena Biernacki, née Mialkowski. They supplied him with food and shelter until his liberation.

 

 

 

 

 

It is the new cover of Eddie Weinstein's book  "17 Days in Treblinka" which has been translated into Polish in 2009.  Special thanks to "Yad Vashem" for permission and Rafal Zubkowicz for the translation. Eddie Weinstein, 17 dni w treblince, Losice 2009

 

 

3.   Chaim Aitsl Goldsztejn, Seven in a Bunker, 1962

Viktor Lewin writs about this book: It was written by another Losicer, Chaim Aitsl Goldsztejn, in 1962. During the interwar years he moved to Paris, arrested by the Nazis as a Communist rather than a Jew, he was sent to Auschwitz. After the Warsaw uprising he was sent to Warsaw in order to clean up the rubble. Later, he along with a priest and three other escapees went and remained underground for the next five months until they were liberated by the Red Army in January 18, 1945.

 
Brianne, Viktor Lewin' s daughter, near the broken tombstones (Matzevot) in the late Dr. Wroblewski's yard

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Deportation August 1942

Courtesy of Lochamei Hagetaot Museum, the Ghetto Fighters House in Israel


The Jews herded to the Rynek. deportation...

 
 


Deportation...


Belongings.  silent witnesses...

 
 


Losice, August 1942. after deportation of the Jews


Deportation... August 1942

 

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The Righteous from Łosice

Two Rescue Stories from Łosice

HISTORY

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Document Signed by Aleksander, King of Poland in May 1505, Confirming Rights and Privileges to the Town of Losice

LOSICE in Yad Vashem's Pinkas Hakehilot VOL VII p.280-284 (Hebrew):

Losice 8

Losice 7

Losice 6

Losice 5

Losice 4

Losice 3

Losice 2

Losice 1

LOSICE
Coordinates: 52°13' / 22°43'
116.9 kilometers E of Warsaw
(Siedlce Region, Lublin District)

Year

Population

Jews

1765

-

482

1827

1576

654

1857

1775

838

1862

1709

917

1884

2610

1487

1921

3888

2708

1939 *

-

2900

* 14.4.2007: Viktor Lewin states number of total population in 1939 was 8000 out of which 6400 were Jewish.

Article Written by Daniel Blatman

Translated from Hebrew by Dr. David Lederman
Edited by Ada Holtzman

 LOSICE

The earliest records of Jewish presence in Losice date from the 16th century. In 1505, Alexander Jagiello, the king of Poland, arrived in Losice to intervene in a violent conflict between some sectors of the population. In 1511, Zygmunt the First built a Catholic church.

The Jewish population appeared in Losice during the 16th century. They received special privileges in the production and marketing of merchandise. During this period, especially at the end of the century, violent conflicts erupted between Jewish and Christian merchants during the annual fairs and also during the weekly markets and between Jewish and Christian shoemakers.

In years 1648 and 1649, due to very severe decrees against the Jews, many arrived in Losice as refugees, increasing the Jewish population of Losice considerably.

In 1690, King Jan the Third granted Jews the privilege of producing alcoholic beverages. Due to competition between Jews and Christians in the production and marketing of alcohol, new conflicts broke out. These received the complete support of the local government. In 1701 King August the Second limited the rights that Jews had obtained in 1690, in order to help their Christian competitors; however, the local government did not follow the king's orders and openly supported the Jewish merchants because they helped to increase tax receipts. In 1756 King August the Third and in 1766 King Stanislaw August again authorized Jews to trade in the alcohol industry. Christian merchants persisted in their demands and the ongoing conflict came before the Warsaw tribunals, but the merchants did not succeed in their demands and their efforts were in vain. Furthermore, in 1792, King Stanislaw August Poniatowski authorized Jewish merchants to export their merchandise to six other towns in the district, not just alcoholic beverages but other merchandise as well.

At the beginning of the 20th century, a few hundred Jewish families started to develop a shoe industry. Almost all the production was sold to Russian Jews, who supplied the Russian Army. Thanks to the business relationship with Russia, some of the businessmen became very rich and expanded their business into the timber industry. At the same time, the Jewish labor force began to organize. During the last years of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century, traditional Jewish workers were influenced by proletarian ideology and established modern worker organizations. The first of these unions was that of the saddlers (harness makers); many other handicraft unions were organized later.

During the 1905 revolution, the Jewish workers' struggle intensified, thanks to the influence of the Bund. A few hundred Jewish workers supported the proletarian revolution.

At the beginning of the 19th century a synagogue was build in Losice. Around 1860, a terrible fire destroyed much of the town. After a short time the houses were rebuilt and the synagogue was rehabilitated. In the 1870s the chief rabbi was Zvi Hirsz Goldberg (R. Mordechai Harif), who wrote Nefesh Chaia. He came from Lithuania. After his death they wanted to choose R. Itzhak Raizenberg, also from Lithuania, but the Hasidim were against him and succeeded in transferring the rabbinate to R. Yonathan Eibeszycz from Kock. During the First World War he returned to Kock and the rabbinate passed to R. Itzhak Reisenberg (Shoah victim). Some of the town's Hasidim chose R. Joseph Blaustein, the ritual slaughterer, as the local rabbi and others brought R. Arie Lajb Lipszyc (Shoah victim) from Janow.

During the First World War, Losice was used by the Russian and German as a transit route for their soldiers. The economy was almost completely paralyzed, especially because the Russian army confiscated a large number of Jewish businesses for its needs. Many Jews suffered hunger during this period. With the occupation of the German army, the economic situation became more tolerable.

 BETWEEN TWO WORLD WARS

The first period after World War I was very hard for the Jews of Losice. During the war between Russia and Poland, Losice was occupied by the Red Army and a militia was formed in which Jews and Poles served. On the 18th of August the Russian Army left and the Polish Army again occupied the town. It began anti-Semitic provocations and gave permission to its soldiers to usurp and destroy Jewish possessions for 24 hours, but they continued for four days. They destroyed and robbed many small businesses as well as houses. According to witnesses, peasants from nearby towns joined the soldiers in their criminal acts and raped women and humiliated Jews in the streets. Some of the victims were R. Itzhak Rosenberg and Yermiyahu Kohen, members of the town hall. The Polish police apprehended Jews who wanted to escape from Losice and imprisoned them. Hirsh Kratz, who sent a complete report to the representatives of the Jewish people in Poland, wrote that the streets of Losice were full of wounded and beaten Jews who did not receive any medical assistance. The damage to their possessions and economic situation was severe. On September 24, 1920 the Jewish delegates of Losice presented to the Jewish representatives, Grinboim, Farbestein, and Hartglas, a document that described in detail all the disturbances that took place in Losice during this particular period.

The most important source of income was tailoring. According to the Joint inquiry of 1921, 152 Jews were employed as tailors in 55 tailor shops; there were also 51 tailor shops where only the owners and their families worked. According to this investigation, in Losice there were also 9 workers in the food industry and a very few in the building trades, saddlery, and other handicrafts. A small group worked in the tobacco industry. In 1930 these workers lost their source of income when the government established a monopoly in the tobacco industry.

The Jewish handicraftsmen sold their merchandise in the marketplaces and at fairs that took place in Losice and nearby towns. On many occasions they were victims of violent reactions from their Christian competitors in the marketplaces. In February 1927, three of them were robbed, wounded and hospitalized in Siedlce. The local authorities tried three Polish men, who were found guilty and were punished.

Around 1920 the workers founded unions, which had a great influence on the Bund and the communists. In this year the Jewish Labor Union was founded in Losice. During the Bolshevik revolution many Bund members joined the communist "Combund" and adopted communist ideology. In 1921, 180 workers belonged to this illegal communist union; the majority of them were Jews. In 1922, during the First of May demonstration, the police detained two Jewish protesters, David Rosen and Motel Krawicz, who were charged with being engaged in communist activities. And in 1925, some Jews were tried for the same reason.

In 1926 the Popular Bank was founded in Losice; it granted loans to Jewish handcrafters and workers. This service was expanded and in 1929 already had 3,000 zlotys. In 1935 the merchants tried to establish an independent bank, but without success.

Zionist organizations started to flourish in Losice after World War I. Young Jewish people, influenced by the Balfour Declaration, founded a Zionist group called Herzlia. During Lag B'Omer 1920, the time of the First Congress, a demonstration took place in the streets of Losice. In addition, a public library was inaugurated in the 20s, where many lectures and theater performances took place.

The first youth movement was called Tzeirei Zion (Young Zionists). After that, other local Zionist nucleus like Freheit and Hashomer Hatzair appeared. On October 29, 1929, during the intermediate days of Succoth, the congress of Freiheit took place in Losice with the participation of 100 delegates from Siedlce, Miedzyrzec Podalski, and other towns; the principal discussion there related to aliyah, immigration to Eretz Israel. The first hachshara (preparatory pioneering settlement) was organized, with emphasis on agricultural training in order to be able to work on the land of Israel on their arrival, in what then was called Palestine. There were a few juvenile groups, such as Mizrachi, Hashomer Hatzair and Agudath Israel.

During this period there were two batei midrash (houses of Torah study). One was big and the other small, Chayei Adam. There were also shtibelekh (small synagogues) from the Hasidim and from the tailors. The last year of the 20s, three rabbis served the kehila (community); the most important was Rabbi Josef Yozepa Blusztein.

During the 1931 elections of the kehilla, five [Zionist] delegates were elected (out of a total of eight): the Zionist Union and Mizrachi each received two, and the Reshima Hamalakha (also Zionist) received one seat. Of the other three delegates, two were on an apolitical list and one was from Agudath Israel [anti-Zionist].

From 1930 to1940, the Jewish economic situation deteriorated badly, because of strong Polish competition and the monopoly they imposed.

THE SECOND WORLD WAR

In September 1939 the Luftwaffe bombarded the town of Losice, and many houses and the synagogue were destroyed. On September 12th German tanks invaded Losice and the town was occupied for a short time. Many refugees began to come to Losice, and they reported that the Red Army was approaching from the east and would soon be in Losice. On September 29th the Russians occupied the town. They organized a militia that was supposed to control and establish order in the town. They chose a municipal committee, and all the shops opened their doors again and commerce was renewed. The Russians stayed in Losice only a short time. Three days before they left, there were already rumors that Russian soldiers would abandon the town. Many Jews decided to leave the town with them and live in Soviet-occupied territories. A few days later the Germans entered for the second time.

The first period of German occupation was characterized by robbery of Jewish possessions, not only at the hands of the Germans but also by local Polish police and inhabitants. The Jews were limited in their freedom of movement and the food supply was severely diminished. After a few days, these acts of terror and barbarism were prohibited by the Germans, but that did not influence local Polish inhabitants, who continued the disturbances. The Torah scrolls were removed from the synagogues, desecrated, and destroyed. On November 29th seven Jews were taken out of their homes at night and taken to the outskirts of Losice, where they were executed. Why did they do it? We do not know. Perhaps the reason was that they had not obeyed the Germans' orders.

In 1940 many refugees entered Losice from other regions of Poland. In March, 960 Jews arrived from Kalisz, Aleksandrow, Lodz, Poznan and Pomerania. There were about 4,000 Jews at the end of the year. In 1941 and 1942, more refugees arrived in Losice and in May 1942 there were already 6,000 living in Losice. They lived in cellars and warehouses.

At the beginning of 1940 the Germans named a Judenrat of 10 members. The chief representative was Gershon Lewin and with him Yehoszua Rosencwajg and Elihau Rewiczer. They were instructed to send 200 Jews to the labor camp in Siedlce in order to build the train station. Later, more Jews were sent to the same labor camp. According to the testimony of survivors, Gershon Lewin did everything in his power, without regard for his own security and his life, to convince the German authorities to reduce the suffering of the Jewish population. Probably in December of that year, the ghetto was established. Some Jews could still leave the town in order to get food from other p.

The ghetto was limited to a few streets in the center of Losice. Later, when more refugees arrived, the Germans added another street. According to Polish claims, the central square was excluded from the ghetto in order to prevent the Jews from continuing to sell their merchandise. The ghetto was not closed, but nobody could leave without the Germans' permission. The Judenrat established some order and social services for the needy, and a post office was opened. The Jews who worked outside the ghetto received a special certificate with which they were able to leave, a document that was precious for them because they could bring back some food to the ghetto. As you can imagine, conditions in the ghetto were awful and very hard, and worsened much more when the new refugees arrived at the end of 1941. It was natural, given the excessive density of the population, which was confined to only a few streets, that many diseases appeared, especially typhoid fever and other infectious diseases.

In the winter of 1941, the Germans confiscated all the furs that Jews had in their possession. Jews preferred to burn their furs rather than give them to the Germans. Of course they were killed on the spot.

During the spring of 1942, when the deportation of Jews began in Lublin and deportations to the concentration camps started, refugees arrived in Losice who had escaped from other towns during this period. The Jewish policemen who let the refugees into the ghetto were sent to the labor camp in Siedlce. The Germans searched the ghetto and all the refugees they found were killed. In July 1942, rumors that all the Jews from Losice would also be deported intensified the need to get certificates to leave the town. They thought that in this way they would not be deported. A few weeks before the deportation, the Germans demanded a contribution of 600,000 zlotys. The Judenrat was obliged to collect this sum. Germans thought that in this way the rumors of deportation would be considered a false alarm.

On Saturday August 22,1942, the S.S. and the Ukrainian police sealed the ghetto. They were assembled in the central square of Losice, near the municipality building, and from there continued walking in the direction of the town of Mordy. On the outskirts of Losice, the German soldiers started to shoot, murdering especially women and children, about 200 in total. The deported continued to walk in rows in the direction of the train station of Siedlce. During this terrible journey the Germans killed another 800. Fifty-five hundred Jews arrived in Siedlce, from where they were transported by train to the death camp of Treblinka.

After the deportation from Losice, the Germans reduced the ghetto's scope to a small ghetto where 200 hidden Jews still remained during the Aktion. In November 1942, the number grew to 300.

The Germans did not take any new measures against them, but advised that all hidden Jews should return to the ghetto until September 1st 1942, and assured them that they would not be harmed. Many believed them and came back from the forest to the ghetto. They lived in improvised wooden shacks and worked at different labors, especially the assembling of all the possession left behind by their fellow Jews. On November 27th 1942, the "Small Ghetto" was destroyed. The last Jews of Losice were deported to Siedlce and from there to Treblinka on November 30.

Sources

1) YIVO: adr"p 7.

2) Yad Vashem Archive Jerusalem: MI/E/2183; 03/2723; 3423.

3) The Central Archive for the History of the Jewish people, Jerusalem: HM 703-2.

4) Brustin-Bernstein a) "Bleter far Geshichte Warszawa" vol 3 (1950) nr 1-2.

b) "Dos Buch fon Lublin Paris 1952, pages 346-353.

5) Y. Zigelman (Editor), Sefer Radzyn, Tel Aviv 1957, page 249.

6) Losice, "Lezecher un Umgebrochter Kehila" ("Losice in Memory of a Jewish Community, Exterminates by Nazi Murderers"), Tel Aviv 1963.

7) Yizkor Book of the community of Sarnaki, Haifa 1968, pages 169-174.

8) A. Pinkus: "Brand saved from the fire", Tel Aviv 1957 (Hebrew).

9) Gejler L. Gabara E. "Kronika ruchu robotniczego I zwiazkowego w srodowisku zydowiskim w latach 1920-1922, Biuletyn Zydowskiego Instytutu Historycznego) (1969) nr. 70.

10) Horn, M. "Regesty dokumentow z metryki koronnej do historii Zydow w Polsce (1697-1795)" BZIH (Biuletyn Zydowskiego Instytutu Historycznego), (1980).

11) Moskowicz B., Wajsbrot J., "Kronika ruchu robotniczego I zwiazkowego w srodowisku zydowskim w lipcugrudniu 1924 r.", BZIH (Biuletyn Zydowskiego Instytutu Historycznego) (1971), no. 3.

12) "Baderech" ("On the way") no. 9, 5.3.1937.

13) Dos Yiddishe Tagblat, 15.8.1938; 10.11.1935

14) Haint 31.10.1916; 27.4.1920; 28.5.1920; 25.5.1931; 1.3.1938.

15) Naie Falkszeigung 11.8.1938.

16) Sidleczer Wochenblat, 15.2.1929; 5.4.1929; 1.11.1929; 22.11.1929; 25.4.1930; 25.7.1930; 12.9.1930; 1.5.1935.

Index of the Names:

SURNAME NAME PAGE
BLUSZTEIN Josef Yozepa

282

BLUSZTEJN Arie Lajb, Rabbi

281

COHEN Jerachmiel

281

EIBESZYCZ Jonathan, Rabbi

281

GOLDBERG Cwi Hirsz, Rabbi

281

KERC Hirsz

281

KRAWIC Motel

282

LEWIN Gerszon

283

LIPSZYC Arie Lajb

281

RAJZENBERG Icchak, Rabbi

281

REWICZER Eliahu

283

ROSENCWAJG Jehoszua

283

ROZEN Dawid

282

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LOSICE Personalities & Families

The WYMAN & STEINMAN Families 

Jakob LEWIN & the LEWIN Family 

Herschel GRYNBERG & the GRYNBERG Family

The Family of Raphael Yaacov DOBRZYNSKI

In Memoriam: LEDERMAN, ROTHSTEIN, BORNSTEIN, DOBRZYNSKI, YAGODZYNSKI, BIALIKIAMEN SENDROWICZ, LANEMAN, GRADSTEIN, WACHOLDER, LIPSZYC

Jacob Gewirtzman (LOSICE)'s Life in Losice  

Renee Losice's Story

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LOSICE Jewish Genealogy

JewishGen Family Finder

Losice. PSA Project

JRI. Jewish Records Indexing. POLAND

Surname List: Losice (Siedlce Gubernia) in JRI

1929 Losice Business Directory (in ACROBAT)

1929 Losice Business Directory (the Data)

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A Visual Memorial

Photographs of Losice, A Visual Memorial

September 2003: The Tombstones are Finally Recovered from Dr. Wroblewski Yard after 60 Years...

 

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Appeals

First Appeal – December 2002

Winnipegger Raisinng Funds o restore Looted Gravestones in Poland "Canadian Jewish News" August 28th, 2003

The Donors & Supporters of the Losice Memorial Project in Poland: Restoration of the Jewish Cemetery

July 2003: $5700 collected from donors towards the restoration of the Jewish Cemetery of Losice!

September 2003: The Tombstones are Finally Recovered after 60 Years...

Status June 2004

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Irgun Yotzey Losice in Israel.
The Organization of the Former Jewish Residents of Losice in
Israel:

The president:
Y. BenYaakov
Sderot Nordau 64
Tel Aviv 62381
Tel 03 605 20 59

A dedicated activist in the organization:

Yehoshua Binshtok
Daniel 57
Bat Yam
Tel 03 506 55 88
Cellular 054 666 579

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Survivors

Partial List

List prepared by Viktor Lewin December 8th, 2004

Israel

Yosef Ben Yaacov

Yehoshe  Binshtok

Szymon Eisenberg

Rafael  Fule Perlman
Moszko Smolarz

Jakov Zelichovski

 

U.K.

Herschel Grynberg

 

Sweden

Dora Goldfarb

 

U.S.

David Gewirtzman

Irving Gewirtzman

Bel Weissman

Renee Glassner

Morris Losice.

Borys Mordkowicz.

Oscar Pinkus

Eddie Weinstein

Sara Wajman

Uszer Wajnsztajn

Hersz Wulkier

 

Argentina

Majer Zemel

 

Canada

Pinia Levine

Don Levine

Jakob Lewin

Luba Rutman

 

Poland

Jankiel Kulawiec

 

 

 

The photo was taken in 1945 after Losice was liberated. It was given to Viktor Lewin  by the survior  David Gewirtzman.
 

1. Gershon Levin's house ( Judenrat official ).

2. David Gewirtzman ( born Berko Losice ).

3. Airze Szerc.

4. Lived in Losice after liberation.

5. Boris Mordkowicz ( from Poznan ) in Polish militia.

6. Lived in Losice after liberation.

7. Lived in Losice after liberation.

8. American Jewish officer.

9. Asher Weinstein ( Eddie Weinstein's father ).

10. Russian Jewish officer.

11. Belcia Pinkus.

12. Lived in Losice after liberation.

13. American Jewish officer.

14. Salusz Mordkowicz ( Boris' brother ).

 

 

List of Survivors 1946

 

Viktor Lewin writes about this list, added on July 31st, 2008:

The enclosed list is a register compiled in Nov, 28, 1946 by the Jewish Committee in Dolny Slaskie of Jewish survivors from Losice/Siedlce region. It provides the survivor's last and first names, parents' first names, year of birth and residence in 1946. Occupations are also included for: # 20. Hersz Kamelsztur. stolarz. carpenter and #44. Dawid Rak. szewc. shoemaker.
Source of the document:  Yad Vashem's Shoah-Related Lists Database.

 

 

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Who are in the Photographs?

Need information  regarding photos which people may want posted.

You may send the photograph and captions to Viktor Lewin email: viklewin "at" shaw.ca or Ada Holtzman ada "at" zchor.org

 Viktor Lewin sent one old photograph of the Losice survivors taken shortly after the conclusion of the war at a DP in Germany. In the photograph, the  survivors assembled in a  commemoration ceremony to Losice martyrs who perished in the Holocaust. Do you identify someone in the photograph?

יזכור השם
את נשמת הקדושים הטהורים

 G_d Will Remember

The Souls of the Purified Holy Martyrs from Łosice

 

Some survivors have been identified by Viktor Lewin,  his uncle Pinya Levine and Meir Gover (Garbarz) (July & November 2009):

1. Luba Lewin ( married name. Rutmanowitz ) from Losice.
2. Fischel Rutmanowitz ( from Radom and Luba's husband )

3. Lejbel ( Leonard ) Rutmanowitz. later shortened to Rutman and their son.

4. Gershon Goldberg. 

5. Chaim Zinger

11. Szlomo Garbarz.

12. Moishe Oxenhorn

19. Aron Shmiel

21. Yankel (Yisroel) Tshemni

25&26. Praters ( surname only. husband and wife )

27. Shia Binshtok

32. Herschel Nusboim

34. Sheindl (given name only) Chaim-Malie's daughter

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Message from the Lauder Foundation

November 15th, 2004

                       

Dear Losicer Friends:

 

In connection with the clearance of title for a property in Losice, we have been asked to try to find survivors from the following Losice families:

 

CYGIELSZTEJN

SZACKIER

ARMAN

MENDELSON.

 

If any of these families are known to you, we would be pleased to hear from them.  Further identifying details can be obtained if we think we have a lead on one or more of these families.  It is likely that they are all somehow related.

 

Many thanks for any assistance you can offer.

Sincerely,

Yale J. Reisner & Anna Przybyszewska-Drozd
The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, Warsaw
<laudergen "at" jewish.org.pl> (change "at" by @ to avoid spam)

    

 

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Dear friends;

We are looking for various types of documents to post on this memorial site, such as, old photographs, documents, articles, Holocaust testimonies, various genealogical databases etc.

We encourag you do every effort and send us copies of this precious evidence of lost Jewish world.

Thank you

Shalom!

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