We Remember the PARZENCZEWSKA Family from Poland

Mindle nee' Parzenczewska and Yitzhok Biegeleisen and Family, Gombin, Poland 193?

Dapei Ed - Pages of Testimony in Yad Vashem
BIGELEISEN - PARZENCZEWSKA
Commemorated by son, Samuel Ballen, the only survivor, N.J. USA 1972.
8 testimony pages were submitted also by Miriam Shreiber, from Omer Israel.
Name
-
Maiden Name
Spouse
Father
Mother
Born
Born in
lived b. War
In the War
Murdered at
Biegeleisen
Mindle
Parzenczewska
Yitzhok
Moishe Aaron
Baila
1900
Ozorkow
Gombin
Warsaw
Treblinka
1943
Commemorated by son Samuel Ballen, NJ, 1972
Biegeleisen
Yitzhok
-
Mindle
Samuel
Teltza
1895
Ozorkow
Gombin
Warsaw
Treblinka
1943
Commemorated by son Samuel Ballen, NJ, 1972
Biegeleisen
Devorah
-
-
Yitzhok
Mindle
Gombin
Gombin
Warsaw
Treblinka
1943
Commemorated by brother Samuel Ballen, NJ, 1972
Biegeleisen
Chana
-
-
Yitzhok
Mindle
Gombin
Gombin
Warsaw
Treblinka
1943
Commemorated by brother Samuel Ballen, NJ, 1972
Biegeleisen
Leah
-
-
Yitzhok
Mindle
Gombin
Gombin
Warsaw
Treblinka
1943
Commemorated by brother Samuel Ballen, NJ, 1972
Biegeleisen
Yosef
-
Yitzhok
Mindle
Gombin
Gombin
Warsaw
Treblinka
1943
Commemorated by brother Samuel Ballen, NJ, 1972
Biegeleisen
Abraham
-
Yitzhok
Mindle
Gombin
Gombin
Warsaw
Treblinka
1943
Commemorated by brother Samuel Ballen, NJ, 1972
Biegeleisen
Yitzhok
-
Mindle
-
-
1893?
-
-
-
Treblinka
1942
Commemorated by Miriam Shreiber, niece, from Omer Israel, 1999.
The name she submitted in Hebrew was misspelled as "Bigeleiden"
Biegeleisen
Mindel
Parzenczewska
Yitzhok
Aharon
Bela
1895?
Aleksandrow
Gombin
-
Treblinka
1942
Commemorated by Miriam Shreiber, niece, from Omer Israel, 1999
Mindel and Yitzhok had 7 children.
Biegeleisen
Ester
-
-
Yitzhok
Mindle
1923
Gombin
Gombin
-
Treblinka
1942
Commemorated by Miriam Shreiber, cousin, from Omer Israel, 1999
Biegeleisen
Yosef
-
-
Yitzhok
Mindle
1930
Gombin
Gombin
-
Treblinka
1942
Commemorated by Miriam Shreiber, cousin, from Omer Israel, 1999
Biegeleisen
Sara
-
-
Yitzhok
Mindle
1922
Gombin
Gombin
-
Treblinka
1942
Commemorated by Miriam Shreiber, cousin, from Omer Israel, 1999
Biegeleisen
Dvora
-
-
Yitzhok
Mindle
1926
Gombin
Gombin
-
Treblinka
1942
Commemorated by Miriam Shreiber, cousin, from Omer Israel, 1999
Biegeleisen
Hinda
-
- Yitzhok
Mindle
1925
Gombin
Gombin
-
Treblinka
1942
Commemorated by Miriam Shreiber, cousin, from Omer Israel, 1999
Biegeleisen
Hana
-
-
Yitzhok
Mindle
1927
Gombin
Gombin
-
Treblinka
1942
Commemorated by Miriam Shreiber, cousin, from Omer Israel, 1999
Granddaughter, Mindy Prosperi nee' Biegeleisen (Ballen), writes to her Local Jewish Newspaper in Highland Mills, NY,. February 1997.
My Holocaust Story

Hi, My name is Mindy and I'm a "Child of the Holocaust". That's a phrase commonly used for the second generation....the children of those who lived through the Holocaust. My father Samuel Biegeleisen (later changed to Ballen) was one of six children of a physician in the town of Gombin, a small town outside of Warsaw Poland. In 1939, there were approximately 2,300 Jews living in this small town. By the end of May, 1942, only 212 Jews were known to have survived, the rest having been dispatched to the extermination camp at Chelmno. As far as we know, my father was the only member of his family to have survived the war.

My father's only "family" in this country was a small group of people from his hometown of Gombin. They formed an organization called "Gombin Young Men of New Jersey". As a child I played with other children whose parents were also members of this organization. As we grew older, we grew apart and I did not have contact with the other children of this group except for the occasion of the funeral of these 'not so young men", my father among them.

In 1995, I was contacted about joining an e-mail exchange on the Internet. There were Gombiner descendants, such as myself, who had become interested in exploring their family roots, learning more about both the life in the Jewish community of Gombin, and preserving the memory of our families that had perished in the Holocaust. Both my brother and I were anxious to join and to renew our childhood friendships.

I am very proud and pleased with the progress our small group has made in such a short time, with the help of the Internet! We are presently compiling a database of both Gombiners and their descendants, exchanging genealogical information among group members and responding to inquiries from others. We have our own Gombin web page on the Internet and we can also be accessed through the JewishGen web site, which is the official home of Jewish Genealogy. Through this international access, we now have members all over the United States, England, France, and, of course, Israel. Our on-going projects include educating the public about the history of the Gombin Jewish community (through articles on our web site, restoration of films, and development of a newsletter), preserving and restoring vital records and documents, as well as landmarks of the culture and history of the Gombin Jews and undertaking activities to preserve and honor the memory of the people who perished in the Holocaust.

Through this organization, I have already learned more about my family than I have ever known before. I have met my father's schoolmate and my grandfather's good friend. Suddenly, my grandfather, who was little more than a name to me, has become a person. He had friends... he had a life. And now, for the first time, he is part of mine. Perhaps, as time passes, I will find more than just friends, perhaps, I will find my family. And if not me, surely others will!

If you have any interest in Jewish Genealogy, whether you're a descendent of Gombin or any other part of Europe, I urge you to contact me at ProsperM@sharpsec.com or view the Jewish Genealogy web site at http://www.jewishgen.org . Perhaps I'll meet you there.

Mindy Prosperi

Mindy Prosperi, granddaughter of Mindle Biegeleisen nee' Parzenczewska from Ozorkow, Gombin - Poland, in Treblinka, Nazi Death Camp, without knowing that in that place of horror, her own grandparents and 6 uncles and aunts were murdered, August 1999.

More "Dapei Ed" for the PARZENCZEWSKA Family

Name
-
Maiden Name
Spouse
Father
Mother
Born
Born in
Lived b. War
in the War
Murdered at
Parzenczewska
Golda Chaja
Salomon
Moshe
Miriam Fajga
1872
Ozorkow
Ozorkow
-
Chelmno
1942
Golda Chaja and Salomon had 10 children 
Commemorated by son Jakob Parzenczewski Jakob, Tel Aviv Israel 1956
Parzenczewska
Lea
-
-
Abraham
Pasza
1930
Lodz
Lodz
-
-
-
Commemorated by a relative Zokolski, Tel Aviv 1957
Parzenczewska
Pasza
-
Abraham
-
1882?
-
Lodz
Lodz
-
-
Commemorated by uncle Zokolski, Tel Aviv 1957
Parzenczewska
Miriam Rivka
Szajnwicz
Daniel
Moshe
Nacha
1895
Warta
Zdusnka Wola
Zdunska Wola
Chelmno
1942
Miriam Rivka and Daniel had 6 children 
Commemorated by daughter Frajna Dilewski, Jerusalem, Israel, 1956
Parzenczewska
Daniel
-
Miriam Rivka
-
-
1889
Warta
Zdusnka Wola
Zdunska Wola
Chelmno
1942
Commemorated by daughter Frajna Dilewski, Jerusalem, Israel, 1956
Parzenczewska
Szajndla
-
-
Daniel
Miriam Rivka
1933
Zdusnka Wola
Zdusnka Wola
Zdusnka Wola
Chelmno
1942
Commemorated by sister Frajna Dilewski, Jerusalem, Israel, 1956
Parzenczewska
Abraham
-
-
Daniel
Miriam Rivka
1937
Zdunska Wola
Zdunska Wola
Zdunska Wola
Chelmno 1942
-
Commemorated by sister Frajna Dilewski, Jerusalem, Israel, 1956
Parzenczewska
Ruzka
-
-
David
Age 50
Izbica
Izbica
Izbica
-
-
Ruzka and David had 5 children 
Commemorated by uncle A. Judkowicz, Tel Aviv, 1956.
Parzenczewska
David
-
-
Ruzka
-
Age 60
Izbica
Izbica
Izbica
-
-
Commemorated by uncle A. Judkowicz, Tel Aviv, 1956.
Parzenczewska
Sara
Opoczinska
Yosef
Akiva
Freida
1885
Ozorkow
Ozorkow
Ozorkow
Chelmno
1942
Sara had 3 children. Her husband Yosef died before the War.
Commemorated by son of a sister, Henich Beil, Kiriat Haim, 1957
Correspondence in the Internet

1) Charley Silow writes...

Date: 21 Jan 1999
From: Charley Silow
Subject: Searching Parzenczewska & Szylowicz from Lodz...

Dear Ada,
I have been in touch with several people attempting to find out more about my family's roots and most importantly, to see if my mother's two sisters may still be alive. I have a list of questions from you that you asked Mindy Prosperi to forward to me. I had lunch with my mother and have some answers for you. I sincerely thank you for your interest and help.

1) My mother's maiden name was Sara PARZENCZEWSKA born in Lodz, Poland. She married my late father who was also from Lodz, his name was Nachman Szylowicz. When my parents came to America, it Szylowicz was changed to Silow. My name is Charles Silow. I am a psychologist by profession specializing in working the Holocaust survivors incidentally. I have relatives in Israel, Shillevitch in Ramat Hasharon and in the city where the Weitzman Institute is located, Frieda Roth, I believe is her married name.

2) My mother's father's name was Chiel Parzenczewska who died of starvation in the Lodz Ghetto. I am named after him. Chiel's father's name was Elloh Parzenczewski. Elloh's wife was Sura Parzenczewska similar to my mother's name. My mother explains that men's names ended with "ski," women's names ended with "ska." My mother stated that the family was from Lodz, Chiel was in the wholesale fish business. They owned an apartment building of Pilsudskiego street my mother related. Elloh had a furniture store.

3) Chiel Parzenczewski, my mother's father, had three sisters, Mariam Kwal who had many children my mother remembers. The other two sisters first names were Ruchel and Esther. She does not remember their married names however. (I'm not clear about a link with Mindel Parzenczewska, Mindy Prosperi's relative.)

4) My mother had two sisters Bella and Malka. Bella was the oldest daughter who married a man with the last name of Goldman. They had a baby daughter, Mirka (Miriam). My mother assumes that they were all taken to Auschwitz and killed as they were all living in Lodz at the time of the liquidation of the Ghetto.

5) My mother's younger sister was Malka. She was married in the Lodz Ghetto; my mother does not recall her married name however. Malka and her husband somehow left the Ghetto and fled to Russia. They were living in Mariopol which I think is in the Ukraine. Malka was pregnant my mother recalls. My mother related that she heard that the Germans occupied the area where they were. They never returned to Lodz so she assumes that they were captured by the Germans and were all killed.

My main hope is that somehow, miraculously, either Bella or Malka or any of their family may still be alive.

6) My mother's mother's name was Raizel Parzenczewska who was killed at Auschwitz. My mother and her were separated during the Selection. My baby daughter in named after her, Shoshana (Rose in Hebrew) and after the baby Mirka (Miriam)--Shoshana Miriam Silow. Raizel's maiden name was Wiasowski. Her father was Binyamin Wiasowski who was a prominent man in Lodz. He was the president of the Wolbolska synagogue. She remembers a large "Hespit" in the synagogue for him when he died. My mother's mother's maiden name was Kwiatkowska. My notes are sketchy here, but I believe Raizel's grandmother's name was Mariam Kwiatkowska. The baby Mirka was named after her. Mariam had three sisters and two brothers, my mother told me.

Anyway, anything you can do to help me in my search for my family roots, and in particular to see if possibly Bella or Malka or their relatives would be very much appreciated.

Thank you. Sincerely,

Charley Silow


2) Mindy Prospery nee' Biegeleisen (Ballen) writes...
Date: 1997 - Gombin Email Exchange Group
From: Mindy Prospery
Subject: Biegeleisen & Parzenczewska

I am Mindy Prosperi, the daughter of Samuel and Rosalind Biegeleisen (later changed to Ballen).

My father, Samuel Biegeleisen (can also be spelled Bigelajzen), was born in Gombin, Poland on June 1, 1924. As my father did not wish to talk about his very difficult past, most of the following information is derived from bits and pieces of documents and there is room for correction or interpretation. We know that my grandfather was a doctor (perhaps a physician's assistant) who practiced both under his own name, Yitzcoch Biegeleisen and also under the name of "Dr. Felczer". They lived at 13 Polczka Street.

Other children in my father's family (we think that this is correct) are:
Lusia born 1919
Etka born 1923
Lola born 1925
Chaja - born 1927
Tema- ?
Hela- ? (married to Lipa Blawat)

As far as we know, my father is the only member of his immediate family to have survived the Holocaust.

In 1949, my father came to the United States and in 1952 he married my mother, Rosalind Katz, of Borough Park, NY. They had two children, my brother Elliot Ballen of Cranford, NJ and myself. Both my parents are now deceased.

I am a Market Research Manager for a large consumer electronics company and my husband, Robert is a Project Engineer. We live in Highland Mills, NY, in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. We have two young sons to keep us busy!

Attached is a picture of my father as a young boy (on bicycle) and his family. It is my hope that someone will see and recognize this picture. It could happen!

Mindy Prosperi


3) Yigal Meir writes...
Date: 17 September 1998
From: Yigal Meir
Subject: A Query

Dear Ms. Flaum,

I have seen on the web that you have made some inquiries concerning the Pazenciewski family in Lodz, Poland. The reason I am writing to you is that my mother's maiden name, Parzenczewski, as it is spelled in Polish, might be related to the name you were researching (it's probably the same name spelled in a different language).

My mother grew up in Lodz, as part of a very big family, but, except for a small number of relatives who escaped Poland before the war to the US and Israel, she was the only one to have survived the holocaust. While she knows what happens to most of her family, some members of the family just vanished. Thus I would be very eager to learn if you have found any information concerning that family.

Sincerely,

Yigal Meir


4) Shirley Rotbein Flaum writes...
2 October 1999
From: Shirley Rotbein Flaum

Dear Yigal,
We corresponded about one year ago about Parzenczewski--a copy of your email is below. I have not found a connection to your mother exactly, but I do have more information about my family. Apparently they were originally from the Wloclawek/Lubien Kujawski area, just north of Lodz. As you may recall, two brothers, Burech and Srul PARZENCEWSKI married two of my father's sisters.
They were Hasidim of Gur, as far as I know (since that is what my father's family was also). Let me know if you have further information about your family.

Here is my information:

PARZENCZEWSKI, Srul (Israel), b. 1880s Wloclawek ?, d. ~1925, Wloclawek ?, married to ROTBAJN, Balcia, b. ~1885 Lodz, d. Wloclawek or Holocaust ?
Children (I only know of 2):
PARZENCZEWSKI, Avram, b. ~1905 Lubien Kujawski, d. 1943 fighting in Warsaw ghetto uprising
PARZENCZEWSKI, Jakob, b. ~1915 Lubien Kujawski, d. 1942 of typhus in Siedlce; leader of the "Gordonia" group in Wloclawek
PARZENCZEWSKI, Burech (Berek), b. 1890 Wloclawek ?, d. 1920 Lodz (buried in Lodz cemetery--I have his grave location, but not his father's name yet) married to ROTBAJN, Esther b. 1890s Lodz, d. ? I don't know what happened to her (she remarried SOLBERG, Abram, and moved to Germany < 1939)
(child, only one that I know of):
PARZENCZEWSKI, (girl), b. ~1915 ? I don't know what happened to her

Best regards,

Shirley Flaum

A note:
Shirley Flaum is the person behind the most beautiful and informative web site about Jewish Lodz, at: http://www.jewishgen.org/ShtetLinks/lodz/lodz.htm

She has also another family web page at: http://www.jewishgen.org/family/berger.html


5) Ada Holtzman writes...
Date: 21 September 1999
From: Ada Holztman
Subject: Instead of "Shana Tova"...

Dear Shirley,
Dear Mindy,
Dear Charley,
Dear Yigal,

It is my last email year 5759 and the first one in 5760... First of all Shana Tova to you.
And instead of the conventional words, I send you the following email - trying to "match" you three, so that you know you are all descendants of this family "PARZENCZEWSKI"! I hope you continue the research yourselves and find the link which ties all three of you.

The surname PARZENCZEWSKI is rather rare as far as I know, and a good chance you are all linked.

The common tie between you now is that YOU DON'T KNOW MUCH, that your fathers and mothers did not deliver to you much family information, either because they didn't know much, or was too hard to talk about the past. The Genealogy digs in the tragic past, trying to shed light on that past, and re-unite families, lost and destroyed during Holocaust.

Shirley Flaum has erected the wonderful memorial web page of Lodz, at:
http://www.jewishgen.org/ShtetLinks/lodz/lodz.htm

Shirley writes in her family page at:
http://www.jewishgen.org/family/berger.html

"ROTBAJN, Balcia, b. 1880s, m. to PARZENCZEWSKI, Srul (Israel), d. 1920s Lubien Kujawski
PARZENCZEWSKI, Avram, b. Lubien Kujawski, d. Warsaw ghetto
PARZENCZEWSKI, Jakob**, b. Lubien Kuj., d. 1942 Siedlce"

She visited Israel last July and we had a meeting, exchanging ideas about how we can improve her site and I showed her some book I intend to post on the web in the near future.

One of the book was from 1946, called: "Khurban Ve'Mered Shel Yehudei Warsaw", "Destruction and Rising - the Epic of the Jews in Warsaw - a Collection of Reports and Biographical Sketches of the Fallen Compiled and Edited by Meilech Nustadt", The Executive Committee of the General Federation of Jewish Labour in Palestine", Tel Aviv 1946.

I told Shirley I wish to translate all the biographies and post, with the fighter's picture, in my web page. Than Shirley asked me if PARZENCZEWSKI is mentioned. I checked and found mention of 3.

Shirley was very excited, because she knew her father's cousins, Araham and Jakob were mentioned in a book (as her father told her) about the revolt in Ghetto Warsaw, and she sat in public libraries in the States, searching for any book which will mention them, for years (!) without any results.

Months past, I forgot. Than I developed the pictures I took of Shirley and her family and asked her for the address. She gave me her address and reminded me to send her the pages again. When I xeroxed them, I realized that it is the same family name of Mindy's grandmother, Mindel PARZENCZEWSKA who married Icchak Biegeleisen in Gombin!

In a moment, I also remembered that I myself have put a web page "searching PARZENCZEWSKI" by Charley Silow, at: http://www.geocities.com/Paris/Rue/4017/searchin.htm

I don't know if this will bring his aunts Bella and Malka nee' PARZENCZEWSKA back from the abyss, but may be you still have relatives right there in America whom you never thought exist.

The translation of the pages I am sending Shirley by airmail are as follows:

1) Page 139,
"Parzenczewski Abraham

From a letter sent to Polaei Zion Association (The Workers of Zion) on 15 November 1943:

"...VERY FEW OF US ARE LEFT ALIVE. NEARLY ALL OUR ACTIVISTS FALLEN IN BATTLE, AMONG THEM: YOCHANAN MORGENSTERN, DAVID RADUNSKI, ABRAHAM MORDECHAI FYSZELSON, MOSHE LICHTENSTEIN, THE ADVOCATE LAIB KATZ, JAKOB DAVID SITNER, RACHEL STEIN AND HER HUSBAND ARIE, THE ENGINEER LEON FEJGENBAUM, DR. SHMUEL SZENKER, ABRAHAM PRZEPIURKA, ELIAHU GUTKOWSKI, ABRAHAM PARZENCZEWSKI PEREC OPOCZINSKI, SZAJNDEL HECHTKOPF, MEIR MARK MEIROWICZ, MARK MOTEL FOLMAN AND SZAMAI LAUFER.

THOSE WHO SURVIVED - ARE LOCKED IN CLOSED CAMPS AND ARE DOOMED. AMONG THEM PESACH SAREJSKI, ANRAHAM SCMIDT AND OTHERS. STILL ALIVE AND IN CONTACT ARE MAXIMILIAN BUROCHOWICZ FROM KRAKOW. THE DAUGHTER OF DR PEKER. WE HELP HER.

THE SURVIVORS ARE IN CONSTAND LIFE DANGER AND A LIFE OF HORROR WAIT FOR THEM. EVERY DAY WHICH ENDS WELL, IS BUT A PURE CHANCE. THE DEATH BECAME SO COMMON IN OUR LIVES THAT WE ARE NO MORE AFRAID. IN COMPARISON TO THE CONDITIONS OF OUR LIVES IN THE PAST YEAR - "THE HELL" OF DANTE IS BUT AN IDYLL. IF WE HAVE ANY RIGHT IS BECAUSE AND INSPIT OF ALL WE HAVE KEPT THE MORAL AND IDEALOGICAL FORCE. THIS KEPT US SANE AND DIRECTED OUR ACTIVITIES.

IT IS NOT BY THE WAY OUR RIGHT, BUT THE RIGHT OF ALL THOSE VALUES WHICH WERE ABSORBED IN OUR BLOOD. THESE VALUES WERE THE REASON THAT FROM US, FROM THE CAMP OF THE WORKING ERETZ ISRAEL, ROSE THE FIRE OF REVOLT. WE INITIATED THE RESISTENCE TO THE OPRESSOR AND THE FIGHT.

WE SEND "KHAZAK VE'EMATZ" TO ALL OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE RENEWED LAND, WHO BUILD THERE TIRELESSLY OUR FREE AND SOCIALIST ERETZ ISRAEL.
Warsaw, 15 November 1943 Yosef Sak, Lajzer Lewin, Shalom Grajek, Cwia Lubetkin, Icchak Zukerman"
 

2) Page 347

"Parzenczewski Abraham, also his brother Parzenczewski J.:

Was born in Lubien in the Wloclawek region. was an orphan from his youth. He was educated by his grandfather, a very eminent scholar and the rabbi Demata (?). He was a member of Poalei Zion movement and before the war not very active. But during the war he moved to Warsaw and was very active in the party which was in the underground. He was in the Help Committee of the of those who came to Warsaw from the provincial towns.

He is mentioned in the letter of November 15th. He died fighting, when only 40 or more years old.

His younger brother Parzenczewski I. , was a member of the party counsel. He was among the heads of the party in Wloclawek and managed during occupation an orphanage "Czentas" in Siedlce. He died during the expulsion of the Jews of Siedlce, from typhus."
 

3) Page 236:
Parzenczewska Chawa

"Etkin Meir. Was Born in Lodz. He was activist in the "BUND" even before World war I. A modest man, gentle and quiet. Many years he was in the Bund Committee in Lodz and one of the main activists. He worked as a book keeper in the known factory of Etingon, but all his free time he dedicated to the movement.

During the war he moved to Warsaw. He was in the presidency of the Social Help Institute in Warsaw and worked in the clothing department. He was also very active in the practical work and in the BUND underground activities. In his home were gathering for consultations.

Also his wife, Chawa nee' Parzenczewska, was activist in the Bund.

In the last period he worked as book keeper in the "shop" of Tebens in Leszno street.

After the revolt he was transported to the concentration camp Poniatowa in the Lublin region. Also there he was among the activists for self aid and in the group of EYAL - the Fighters Organization.

He was murdered by the Nazi, while only 50. His name appears in the list of the 320 Public leaders and intellectuals who were murdered."

It is a sad message... I don't know if it is appropriate to send today but than, the Jew during the Holidays, days of joy and family reunions, always remembered also the hardship and the dark times, and those who are not with us and so are their unborn children and unborn grandchildren...

Shana Tova to Parzenczewskis worldwide and SHALOM!

Ada Holtzman


PARZENCZEWSKA from Zdunska Wola...

Franja Dilewski Parzenczewska mourning her family Parzenczewska from Zdunska wola Yizkor Book (page 581).

Message from Ada
15 December 1999

This is a message to all who were interested in the past in the history of the family PARZENCZEWSKA (may be some different families, but may be they all stem from common ancestors).   I have just found that in Zdunska Wola (near Lodz) there was another branch possibly of the same family.

In a project of transcribing the names from the remaining tombstones of this cemetery, there is one matzeva of Parzenczewski Moshe, son of Zeev (Wolf), died 3 September 1916.

In addition, in the Yizkor Book of Zdunska Wola, memorial pages, there is the following "matzeva" to the family members who perished in the Holocaust:

"Eternal Candle 
in love and sadness I shall remember:
my family who perished in the crematorium of Chelmno and other
extermination camps, their holy memory will never be forgotten from my heart:
My parents: Daniel and Miriam Rywka Parzenczewski
My brothers: Itzak, Chaim, Abraham
My sisters: Chana, Yaffa
I mourn you,
Franja Dilewski- Parzenczewski Jerusalem"
I hope this piece of information is valuable to somebody.
There is Zdunska Wola email exchange forum :
http://www.egroups.com/group/zdunska-wola
and a web page:
http://www.weizmann.ac.il/wagner/ZdunskaWola/Contents.htm

Shalom once again Parzenczewska!

Ada Holtzman  
Josef PARZENCZEWSKI of Blessed Memory
Article from the Yizkor Book of Zdunska Wola, Editor Elchanan Erlich, The Organization of the former Jewish Residents of Zdunska Wola, Tel Aviv 1968, page 225-226, written by Nutek Kleingwejl in Yiddish; translated to Hebrew by Yakov Flinker and to English by Ada Holtzman 29.6.2000

Josef Parzenczewski z"l

Joseph Parzenczewski was already an orphan on his Bar Mitzva. He was born at Zdunska Wola in 1905 and was adopted by his uncle Reb David Blibaum who regarded him as any of his own children.

Reb David Blibaum was an expert in the dye-work business. He taught his young nephew all the secrets of this work, and the young man learnt quickly and excelled in this profession.

Joesf had a lot of personal charm and he climbed quickly and managed very well in the dye-works in Zdunska Wola and in Lodz, where he reached the highest management position at the factory of Rozen & Wiszlicki. In his free time he studied professional literature and saw in this profession the basis for a much higher aim in life and connection to the Jewish people. He thought that every Jew should be a "Mentch" a man... for his self esteem and to reach further stages in the social Jewish life.

He thought that a Jew should remember not only his present situation but the general view for the future of his people. A Jew should not forget the bond between his own fate to the fate of the Jewish people, whose future is unsecured. Even if he faces dangers for himself, he should always think about his community and its fate which, composed of individuals like himself, and advance towards a common future, common fate.

He, young Parzenczewski, together with Widawski, in spite of being so busy in his economical world, found the time to erect together the movement of "Tzeirei Zion" in our hometown Zdunska Wola. He took prominent part in all the Zionist activities of this movement.

After he got married, he settled in Lodz as a senior manager of the Rozen & Wiszlicki factory, which in time was purchased by the Somet brothers.

After he left this company, with a significant sum of money and also from the large dowry he received upon his marriage, he shows his great talents as an organizer and open up a dye-works factory in Zdunska Wola itself. He reached the highest esteem as an industrialist but always finding time and energy for his public Zionist activities.

The horrible War ended all his plans. He hid in the "Aryan" side of Warsaw during the war, changing his place of hiding all the time. Somehow, with the funds he had before the war, he survived the German occupation, which brought so much disasters and tragedies.

Lodz was freed on January 1945 and he returns immediately and starts again restoring the business and finding other sources for making economical renewed success.

Again he became rapidly very rich. But he never neglected the young Josef dream: last station Eretz Israel... the Land of his dreams...

On June 1949, he, his wife and a 2 years old daughter Rachel, immigrate to the young State of Israel. He brought the newest machinery for the textile dye-works business. But the money ended quickly and in the situation of difficulties of a young state reborn, he didn't find his place and the business collapsed. With a deteriorated health from years of the Nazi occupation and the economic hardship, he got heart attack on 23 April 1956, and thus ended a stormy life of Josef Parzenczewski, a Jew from Zdunska Wola...
 

Lewek PARZENCZEWSKI of Lodz, 1825
In Yad Vashem's book: "Pinkas Hakehilot", Encyclopaedia of Jewish Communities POLAND Vol I: The Communities of Lodz and its Region, Editors: Danuta Dabrowska and Abraham Wein, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem 1976
in the opening main article about Jewish Lodz (translation from Hebrew AH), page 7:
"An important economic role in the first building period of Lodz was the Jewish Building Constructors. The biggest among them were: Itzik Aizner and Lewek PARZENCZEWSKI, who took upon themselves to build in 1825 10 houses each one.
Josef Brzezinski was a builder of wells and pumps (1846) and he also built schools in the surrounding area. The Building Constructor Itzek Feigin built the slaughter-house in 1860 and Zusman Zysman organized the paving of the streets of Lodz (1862)".
 
Parzenczewski Yehoshua of Ozorkow (District of Leczyca)
In the same book: The Communities of Lodz and its Region, Editors: Danuta Dabrowska and Abraham Wein, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem 1976
from the article about Ozorkow, in the chapter about Ozorkow during Holocaust, (translation from Hebrew by AH) page 44:
"The Germans forced the jews to create a "Judenrat". Shimon Barczynski was appointed the chairman and Shimon Liska as his deputy. A Jewish Police was created as well and Yehoshua Parzenczewski was appointed to be its head."
Parzenczewski Eliezer of of Leczyca


Leczyca, the Synagogue in Flames, January 1940


  In the same book: The Communities of Lodz and its Region, Editors: Danuta Dabrowska and Abraham Wein, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem 1976 ,
from the article about Leczyca, in the chapter about the Holocaust, page 154: (translation from Hebrew by AH):
" On March 17th 1942 the Germans made a public execution" 10 Jews were hanged in Adolf Hitler Square, for the accusation of smuggling. They were taken among the prisoners who were caught during 1941-42. The prisoners were transferred to Lodz, stood on trial and judged to death penalty. So that the "Jews will learn", the execution place was chosen in the town where they were the "crime" was committed, in Leczyca. On the way to Leczyca, 2 of the prisoners died due to the torture during the interrogation. The German Police "completed" the number of Jews to be executed from among the Jewish population of Leczyca, adding two Jews who were randomly selected. On March 16th, on the evening before the execution, the Nazis ordered the Jewish Police to erect 10 gallows in the center of town, in "Adolf Hitler" Square. On the day of execution, all the Jews of town were brought to the square. Many Poles and Folks Deutsche gathered there as well, to watch the play.

Various sources recall the names of the 10 victims: 
Ben Zion Moszkowicz
his son Jakob Moszkowicz
Naftali Katz
Eliezer Parzenczewski
Haim Litman
Fiszel Hirszberg (a refugee from Wloclawek)
Jakob Szpigel
J. Wyszogrodzki
Hillel Kolski
Jakob Haim Lasman

One of the Nazis recited the verdict, and afterwards forced the chairman of the Judenrat to give a speech, justifying the execution and warning the Jews for such "crimes" in the future. The Jewish policemen were ordered to hang the miserable souls. One of the hanged dropped off the rope. He begged the Germans for mercy and appealed that his survival is a sign of his innocence, but they hand him for the second time. The corpses remained hung for 5 hours. The Christian teachers brought their Polish pupils to watch the gallows and preached morals on the children. Afterwards, the members of Khevra Kadisha were ordered to take off the bodies and bury them in a narrow common grave, one on top of the other.

Shortly after that event, the ghetto of Leczyca was liquidated, by transport of its approximate number of 1750 Jews to Chelmno, 10-12 April 1942. Thus ended the history of a Jewish Community which existed in Leczyca since 1453."
 

Last Letter from Roza Kaplan of Krosniewice Ghetto to R. Gelbart in Ghetto Warsaw

The letter which I have translated from Polish hereunder, is part of a giant Archive of Dr. Emanuel Ringelblum, "Oneg Shabat", found in milk jars after the war under the ruins of a house in Warsaw. "Archiwum Ringelblum", Konspiracyine Archiwum Getta Warszay (the Ghetto Warsaw Underground Archive), volume I, collection of last letters, the Jewish Institute, Warsaw, 1997, pp35.

Letter from Rozia Kaplan. Translated from Polish by my friend Jakob Flinker.

"To Mr.
R. Gelbart
Warszawa
ul. Nowolipie Nr 28/18

Krosniewice 21/1/1943

My dear one,

In this horrible situation I am writing to you. I know it will cost you with your health to read. I believe it is my last letter. You know about Chelmno nad Ner and what happened to the Jews of Turk, Kolo and Dabia. Aunt Parzenczewska from Kalisz ended there too. It is not a tale only, although we cannot believe it. Don't wonder why I am in this stormy mood. I cannot help you. It is so cold now. This is so sad to say good bye to the world in such a tragic way.
Your loving Rozia."
 
 

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List of  "PARZENCZEWSKA" Buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Lodz
Nr
SURNAME
Name
Father
Age
Date
L o c a t i o n
396  PARZANCZEWSKI Abram Lajb 63 23/III/1941 P 9)8 9 411
406  PARZANCZEWSKI Abram - 39 8/VII/1905 L A-nowa 9)11 209
441  PARZANCZEWSKI Abram Icek - 74 25/III/1927 A-X 1 491
431  PARZANCZEWSKI Abram Wolf Machel 56 23/II/1941 L T 5 17
416  PARZANCZEWSKA Bajla Noech 4 5/II/1928 L JU 7 64
409  PARZANCZEWSKI Berek - 30 29/I/1920 L J 3)3 95
422  PARZANCZEWSKI Berek Majer 71 27/I/1930 L Z-II 2 298
454  PARZANCZEWSKA Bina Szlama 15 23/IV/1941 L W-nowa 9 32II
447  PARZANCZEWSKA Cala Szaja Michal 62 30/VII/1933 L P-II 4 470
410  PARZANCZEWSKI Chaim Majer - 17 17/II/1920 L A-nowa 9)11 196
435  PARZANCZEWSKI Chaim Majer Abram 68 19/III/1943 L D-II 2 18A
440  PARZANCZEWSKA Chaja Calel 62 23/VII/1944 C-III 1 33II
411  PARZANCZEWSKA Chaja - 24 27/II/1921 L W 1)5 202
395  PARZANCZEWSKA Chaja Ruchla Israel 49 6/III/1932 P 5)12 5 268
423  PARZANCZEWSKA Chana Bajla Mojsze 78 23/VIII/1936 L L-II 3 326
457  PARZANCZEWSKI Chil M. Elijasz 53 23/III/1942 P 4)10 4 725
452  PARZANCZEWSKA Cywja Brucha Blima Rywka 33 20/X/1940 L L-IV 3 96
425  PARZANCZEWSKI Enoch Sucher 1 27/VI/1939 P 9)14 9 68
432  PARZANCZEWSKA Estera Ajzyk 15 8/IV/1941 L 10)3 10 231
419  PARZANCZEWSKA Fradla Ajzyk 6 5/II/1929 P 5)14 5 122
420  PARZANCZEWSKA Glika Lajb 68 23/II/1929 L C-II 1 506
434  PARZANCZEWSKI Icek Berek 49 1/IV/1942 L C-IV 1 603D
389 PARZANCZEWSKI Isaak Lejzer Gerszon 22 30/III/1935 P 6)12 6 424
446  PARZANCZEWSKI Israel - 1 14/XI/1926 P 1)14 1 220
449  PARZANCZEWSKI Israel Mordka Abram Josef 15 1/VII/1940 L CZ-III 6 205
417  PARZANCZEWSKA Ita Chaskiel 43 24/VI/21928 P D-XII 2 390
455  PARZANCZEWSKI Izrael Szlama Henoch 43 26/IX/1941 P-VI 4 95B
391  PARZANCZEWSKA Jadwiga Zygfryd 66 06/X/1936 L U-II 5 172
436  PARZANCZEWSKI Jakob Jachiel 23 8/VI/1943 L Z-II 2 240A
401  PARZANCZEWSKI Jankiel - 63 20/I/1897 P T 5 372
437  PARZANCZEWSKI Jochil Nachem 49 26/IX/1943 L C-IV 1 279
456  PARZANCZEWSKI Jojne Litman 47 24/X/1941 L CZ-VII 6 136
427  PARZANCZEWSKA Krusa Jakub 72 21/IV/1940 P 9)10 9 540
413  PARZANCZEWSKA Laja - 11 28/XII/1923 L B-nowa 9)13 44
407  PARZANCZEWSKI Lajb - 81 15/I/1906 L A-nowa 9)11 374
414  PARZANCZEWSKI Litman 55 28/I/1925 L G 1 414
448  PARZANCZEWSKA Lydja Abram Moszek 13 30/I/1940 L Z-V 2 436
439  PARZANCZEWSKA Marjem Szmul 41 26/VI/1944 L J-VIII 7 160
458  PARZANCZEWSKA Marjem Jojne 16 22/IV/1943 L U-VIII 5 58
394  PARZANCZEWSKI Mendel Ber 48 21/XI/1941 L C-VII 1 109
404  PARZANCZEWSKA Mindla - 1 4/IX/1901 L T-dy 8)7 825
390  PARZANCZEWSKI Mojsze Icek 1 5/I/1936 P 6)14 6 391
426  PARZANCZEWSKI Mojsze Calel 45 23/IX/1939 P 4)12 4 321A
429  PARZANCZEWSKI Mojsze Lajb 37 3/VIII/1940 L CZ-III 1 190
438  PARZANCZEWSKI Mojsze - 26/III/1944 J-VI 7 149
405  PARZANCZEWSKI Moszek - 2 28/XII/1904 L J-ca 10)20 55
451  PARZANCZEWSKA Nacha Abram Mordka 14 18/X/1940 L U-IV 5 444
421  PARZANCZEWSKI Pawel Josek 63 7/V/1929 A-X 1 420
388  PARZANCZEWSKI Pinkus - 40 11/IV/1894 P C 6 406
428  PARZANCZEWSKA Rachela Henoch 49 5/VI/1940 L U-III 5 330
402  PARZANCZEWSKA Rojza - 5 10/IX/1900 L T-dy 8)7 32
418  PARZANCZEWSKA Rojza Lajzer 12 11/XII/1938 P 2)14 2 404
412  PARZANCZEWSKA Ruchla - 66 27/III/1922 L P 4)7 410
433  PARZANCZEWSKA Rudla Abram 53 18/VI/1941 L U-V 5 135
393  PARZANCZEWSKI Rywen Abram Icek 45 06/IX/1941 L CZ-VII 6 196
403  PARZANCZEWSKA Rywka - 15 27/XI/1900 L S 2)8 100
450  PARZANCZEWSKA Rywka Szmul 70 7/VII/1940 P 9)12 9 404
430  PARZANCZEWSKA Rywka Laja Jojne 72 10/IX/1940 L U-IV 5 293
408  PARZANCZEWSKA Sura Rywka - 6 28/XII/1913 L 9 8)15 810
460  PARZANCZEWSKI Symohn Michal Abram 29 20/X/1943 L P-IX 4 80
453  PARZANCZEWSKA Szewa Abram Mordka 24 4/XII/1940 L U-IV 5 441A
392  PARZANCZEWSKI Szlama Wolf 68 07/X/1936 L C-IV 1 241
424  PARZANCZEWSKI Szmul Wolf 3 29/IV/1937 P 6)14 6 401
415  PARZANCZEWSKI Szulim Majer - 60 8/IV/1926 P 9)12 9 229
459  PARZANCZEWSKI Wolf Jakub 32 2/VII/1943 L C 6 331
List of PARZENCZEWSKA Survivors from "Pinkas Hanitzolim" (Register of Survivors, 1945)
PARZANCZEWSKI Aleksander Lodz
PARZANCZEWSKA Bala Warszawa
PARZANCZEWSKA Bela Lodz
PARZANCZEWSKI Berek Ozorkow
PARZANCZEWSKI Chaim Lodz
PARZANCZEWSKA Frania Lodz
PARZANCZEWSKI Gedalia Lodz
PARZANCZEWSKA Genia Kalisz
PARZANCZEWSKI Gerszon Ozorkow
PARZANCZEWSKI Izrael Lodz
PARZANCZEWSKI Jakob Lodz
PARZANCZEWSKI Jakub Lodz
PARZANCZEWSKI Josef Lodz
PARZANCZEWSKI Jozef Lodz
PARZANCZEWSKA Luba Lodz
PARZANCZEWSKI Majer Lodz
PARZANCZEWSKA Maria Lodz
PARZANCZEWSKA Mela Lodz
PARZANCZEWSKI Mojzesz Lodz
PARZANCZEWSKA Sala Lodz
PARZANCZEWSKI Wolf Lodz

 

Shalom PARZENCZEWSKA!

  "Remember GombiNames": From Yad Vashem "Hall of Names"

Message to Gombin Email Exchange Group
9 June 2000
From: Ada Holtzman
I send you a copy of my message, sent to members of my Israel Genealogical Society (ISG) friends, yesterday. The message is not important to you, except the paragraph about my trip to Yad Vashem.

See more about that project at:
http://www.yadvashem.org.il/yadvashem/press/ArcService.html

"Subject: Re: IGS SIG - Poland & little more...
Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2000 08:29:47 +0300
From: Ada Holtzman ada01@netvision.net.il
...Last but not least... Another small tip, if I my... Two days ago, I have spent a few hours in the new library of Yad Vashem... "Hall of Names" now is fully computerized, as you surly know, but it is one thing to hear about it in the news, and another, to touch the holy stuff from the tips of your finger, pressing only "PRINT", "PRINT", "PRINT"...

This is INCREDIBLE!!!

In two hours I printed 530 "Dapei Ed" of all martyrs of Gombin, my parents' hometown and about 200 more pages, for the families I research personally. This means a breakthrough in my personal research, as well as my Gombin Society's project... It is equivalent to more than 10 years of manual work... (because where is the genius who can scan and go through thousands of microfilms and review 3 million "Dapei Ed" otherwise?). I now can bring also solutions to many Gombiners' quest for roots... really outstanding database. Thank God (and the Swiss Bank issue), Yad Vashem accomplished it (still some minor bugs though and the service is not free, but fully worth the 50 agorot which one Daf Ed costs to print).

I thus have completed the first phase in the Gombin Society project: "GombiNames", which is aimed to record for generations to come, once and for all, the exact number and list of Holocaust victims of my parents' hometown: GOMBIN."

It was really incredible!!!

I am exploding from the new information... mainly I am thrilled for Mindy, out of everybody... Lot of information about grandmother, Mindel whom you are named after... So much family history, you never knew but always wanted to...

I found relatives for you (possibly still alive! a new search has to follow now...), and the real original town of your grandparents. It was not Gombin, as we suspected for a long time... I am overwhelmed... I don't have time to process the material yet. Just please wait for next message... I am so happy Mindy, you, out of all, took that "presidency" so well and seriously. Probably like everything else you do in life.

You deducted so much of your time and resources for that unforgettable trip to Poland, being the "baby-sitter" of everybody, organizing the trip for months and months and caring for its smallest detail...

Out there, one free morning in Warsaw, you joined me and Harold, together with your husband and nephew Sam, to a trip to Treblinka. My Polish friends made a mistake in the train, and we found ourselves stuck in the middle of no where, in a God forsaken Polish small town: Ciechanow. We had a choice to make than - whether to return to Warsaw or to continue somehow and reach Treblinka. You decided to go ahead and chose the second option. After nearly two hours, we found two taxis who requested $200, which was equivalent to nearly two months average salary in Poland... You and your husband paid without the slightest hesitation and without even arguing. You were determined to go there, but you didn't know than, what I know and tell you now - that ALL YOUR IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS WERE MURDERED RIGHT THERE, IN TREBLINKA, NOT CHELMNO...

So - when Sam was taking pictures so enthusiastically everywhere, and when Rob bought literature and was so deeply contemplating on that site, he didn't know why...

And you Mindy, you were staring so sadly in all those symbolic stones and walked on earth which we knew was full of human ashes, there were also the ashes of your grandparents! You said a prayer inside, but didn't know that it was for your own grandparents memory... They were in ghetto Warsaw during the war, so shared the same tragic fate of Gombin Jewry, but in another death camp - Treblinka. I think this is God wish that we made that trip there, because may be your trip to Poland was the last one you will ever do...

Dear Mindy and Rob,
You worked for the 'public" and you deserve a personal "thank you". Treat these findings in Yad Vashem as my personal gift to you. After so long of being in the "dark", I can now tell you who was your family, and from where in Poland they came to Gombin.

At first glance, while and after scanning and printing 530 (!) testimony pages ("Dapei ed"), I now confirm to you that - YOUR family is commemorated there! and mainly by your late beloved father Samuel, blessed be his memory...

Many pages are in Hebrew only, so you could never have known about that yourself, even if the data will once be posted on the web, as the plan of Yad Vashem is!

Each memorial page for the Biegeleisen/Parzenczewska, the real and only matzeva for your family, registered in Yad Vashem for eternity, shone to me in special light, because you, dear Mindy, wanted so very much to remember them but did not even know whom you should cry about... and now you will know and now you can remember!

I shall be back on that with the "dry" information, as soon as possible,

Please also give me again your updated address, as I shall send you the original "Dapei Ed" for you to keep in the family.

Shalom PARZENCZEWSKA!

Ada Holztman


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