Message to JewishGen - Date: 18/8/19998
From: Ada Holtzman
Subject: The Cigarettes Case of Henryk Jakobowski
I just returned from Poland where more than 50 Gombin survivors and descendants attended the dedication of the restored Jewish cemetery in Gombin, and the dedication of a Memorial Monument in the death camp Chelmno nad Ner (Kulmhof), where the Jewish community of that town was liquidated, together with about other 300,000 human beings, mainly from Lodz and the towns of the Warthegau region.
The list of communities exterminated in Chelmno was posted in the past in my web page:
While in Chelmno, the director of the Konin Regional Museum, Dr. Lucja Nowak, talked about the recent excavations which the authorities are conducting under what was "The Palace", a building totally wiped off by the Nazis, to hide their crime.
In this place, the victims were locked up during the night, before they were murdered in gas vans, the following morning.
The Polish authorities now digging in the earth, found THOUSANDS(!) of personal items, like spoons, cups, pieces of the holy Torah scrolls, glasses, little children shoes, false teeth and more.
One of the item, was a silver cigarettes case, won in a sport competition, 1936, with the engraved name on it: Henryk JAKOBOWSKI.
They are looking for anyone who knows this person. This is the last tangible trace of this Jew, and possibly all his family and possibly all his community...
The Konin Regional Museum address and fax number is:
ul. Muzealna 6
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