The JEWS OF SOMPOLNO are Remembered!

Lee Berendt, Holocaust survivor from the small community of Sompolno Poland, sent me in October 2002, an updated list of the identified names of the Holocaust victims shown in this picture before deportation. He added new names and many Genealogical details about nearly each one of the Jewish persons in the photograph.

Lee Berendt may be contacted by his son, Charles Berendt
Mr. Berendt address:
31 Blauvelt Street
Nanuet, New York 10954-3304
USA

Lee Berendt writes:

1) My Last Days in Sompolno

... All those in the group photo and the second transport had a chance to say "good bye" to their loved ones. That privilege was denied from me by the Jewish Committee. Not every able bodied was sent away. The children and close relatives of the Jewish Committee were exempt. The local Germans needed some people to do them free service. I was exempted by the manager of the local "Arbeits Amt". I was taken while at work in the German Gymnazium Gym, working there with the carpenters Motel Appel and Faiwusz Grosman.

The Jewish deputized policeman "The Sztimer Mchol (Michel Wilczinski), took me straight from there to the S.S. Station, in my working clothes, saying that my family was already notified and i shall meet them there. I kissed my mother, two sisters and brother through the gate.

I was one of the lucky and privileged, able to come back and look at the place where I was denied the last meal from my mother's hand.

2) Transport of Jewish Men from Sompolno

... This picture was taken on a glass plate in July 1941 by Mrs. Kronberg - Margulies, who was a portrait photographer. Her entire studio was sold by the Germans to Ignacy Knasiak. I found him in a store on the south side of the Rynek (Town Square). He had stacks of pictures of Jewish victims. I received a copy from the glass plate and copied it onto a negative in America in about 1950.

Not all of the people who are in the picture were sent away. Some were there to see a son or a sibling off. Others were subsequently sent back to Sompolno from Kolo where a German Commission in military uniforms had looked over each subject for fitness. Some were also sent back because they were too old or too young.

In addition, the names below are spelt out phonetically in order to accomodate the American typewriter (non-Polish spelling).

The following will be the abbreviations for the relationship between the people in the picture:

A - alive at liberation
B - brother
C - cousin
F - father
M - Mother's name;
NN - Non native;
S - son.

The following persons were sent back from Kolo - numbers: 8, 10, 21, 30, 39, 40, 41, 44, 50, 51, 54, 55, 59, 63, 69, 83, 93, 94, 95, 99, 102, 103, 109, 120. Out of the Piotrkowski brothers from Kaliska Street, some were also sent back.

The numbers for the following persons are those of survivors: 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 56, 58, 66, 67, 76, 80, 81, 82, 89, 91, 97, 108.

From the second transport which left two days later, I am the only survivor. To the best of my knowledge, there was no picture taken of that group.

Out of a total of about 350 men, 18 survived, myself included.

My photo of the liberation of Dachau decorates the Museum of American Jewish Military History in Washington.

Lee Berendt: Liberation of Dachau 4/29/1945

WE REMEMBER JEWISH SOMPOLNO!

The Transport of Sompolno July 1941,
Names and Notes by Holocaust Survivor Lee Berendt, 31st October 02.
A - alive at liberation
B - brother
C - cousin
F - father
M - Mother's name;
NN - Non native;
S - son.

Nr.

Name

Surname

Notes

1

David

Kolski

Older B of 2.

2

Israel

Kolski

Younger B of 1.

3

-

Kihn

from the town of Mostki.

4

Shmuel

Peker

Younger B of 77.

5

Chune

Kuczinski

6

Fiszel

Dobrzinski

Younger B of 14; A

7

Shlome Jacob

Weingart

F of 51; older B of 62.

8

-

Jakubowski

from Rynek.

9

-

Kive

Older B of 68; NN.

10

Nachme

Jachimowitz

11

Wolf Fiszel

Naiman

F of 53; A.

12

Jacob

Wilczynski

Arie's son - A' older B of 66; C of 48.

13

Michal

Engelman

A.

14

Israel

Dobrzinski

A; older B of 6.

15

Iser

Reichert

16

Pinchus

Leszczinski

Younger B of 31.

17

Szlamek

Abramowicz

18

Jide Hersz

Mortke

Younger B of 41; uncle of 120.

19

Simcha

Wisniewski

20

Laibusz

Bondzdruw

Younger B of 43; C of 39.

21

Szymon

Boruch

Older B of 91; C of 60.

22

Laibusz

Chabe

23

Abram

Lachman

24

Bernard

Wolf

25

Mordche

Moszkowicz

Nephew of 26.

26

Shiye

Moszkowicz

Uncle of 25.

27

Josef

Beatus

28

-

Piotrkowski

B of 33; C of 52 and 59; from Kaliska Street.

29

Jacob

Bigos

Older B of 96

30

Chaim

Poznanski

31

Jacob

Leszczinski

Older B of 16

32

Zalusz

Perec

33

-

Piotrkowski

B of 28; C of 52 and 59; from Kaliska Street.

34

Moniek

Fogel

Older nephew of 42 and 45.

35

Abram Jacob

Ferszt

Younger B of 97.

36

-

Szlamowicz

a tailor; C of 39.

37

Elia

Tatz

C of 83 and 84.

38

NN; Moishe Laimer's nephew; nephew of 63.

39

Josef Chaim

Kotowski

C of 20, 29, 36, 43, 49, 67 and 96.

40

Majer

Hamburger

F of 107.

41

Shloime

Mortke

Older B. of 18; uncle of 120.

42

Szoul

Wilczynski

Younger uncle of 34; twin B of 45; Syine's son.

43

Shmuel

Bondzdruw

Older B of 20; C of 39.

44

Wolf

Ajman

S of 110.

45

Laizer

Wilczynski

Younger uncle of 34; twin B of 42; Syine's son.

46

Josef

Ancer

Second son of the Ancer family; older B of 50; younger B of 57.

47

Chake

Witkowski

48

Jacob?

Wilczynski

from Kaliska Street; a butcher; C of 12 and 66.

49

Idek

Glowinski

C of 20, 29, 36, 39, 43, 67 and 96.

50

-

Ancer

third son of the Ancer family; younger B of 46 and 57.

51

Laizer Jona

Weingart

S of 7; nephew of 62

52

Laibusz

Piotrkowski

C of 28, 33 and 59; Towies son.

53

Szymon

Naiman

S of 11.

54

Hersz Jacob

Izbicki

55

-

Witkowski

Third son; younger B of 86 and 100; Jekew's son.

56

Leon Laib

Rybinski

A; older B of 104; C of 58.

57

Hersz

Ancer

oldest son; Older B of 46 and 50.

58

Faiwusz

Steinbach

A; C of 56 and 104.

59

Jacob

Piotrkowski

C of 28, 33 and 52.

60

Moshe

Pruszniewski

C of 21 and 91

61

-

Wailand

62

-

Weingart

Rabbi; younger B of 7; uncle of 51; Symche's son.

63

Moshe

Laimer

Uncle of 38.

64

Zlotnicki (Blacharz)

65

Josef

Lewi

66

Josef

Wilczynski

Arie's son; A; younger B of 12; C of 48.

67

Bolek

Bigos

A; C of 39,20,29,36,43,49 and 96.

68

Kive

-

Younger B of 9

69

Shiye

Herszenbaum

B of 102

70

Josef

Mendelowicz

71

Michal

Lubraniecki

72

-

Berger

73

-

Zelewski

Shochet's son; NN.

74

-

-

Three Piotrkowski brothers-in-law; 2 of these 3 were B of 28 and 33; The other one was a brother-in-law to these 4 Piotrkowski B (out of 6 total).

75

-

-

Kaliszer's son-in-law; NN.

76

Sucher

Bornstein

A

77

Roman

Peker

Older B of 4.

78

Ucze

Labuszynski

C of 108.

79

Mendel

Goldberg

Younger B of 89; older B of 101.

80

-

-

Nelkin's nephew; a glazier; NN; A; died young in Israel after arrival.

81

Moniek

Wilczynski

Younger B of 105; A; Nachme's son.

82

Abram

Bielawski

A. Lives in Ramat Gan Israel.

83

Abram Samson

Younger B of 84; C of 37.

84

-

-

Older B of 83; C of 37.

85

Shlome

Apelbaum

86

Jacob David

Witkowski

Older B of 55; younger B of 100; Jekew's son.

87

Majer

Szrajer

88

-

Zelewski

From Warsawska Street.

89

Jide

Goldberg

A; older B of 79 and 101.

90

Mendel? Josef ?

Walter

C of 79,89 and 101.

91

Moshe Abram

Boruch

A; younger B of 21; C of 60; lives in Jerusalem.

92

David

Kurtz

93

-

Moszkowicz

A Committee man; was there to see off the group.

94

Wolf

Madalinski

A Committee man; was there to see off the group.

95

Shmuel

Jakubowski

From Kaliska Street.

96

David

Bigos

Younger B of 29.

97

David

Ferszt

Older B of 35; A.

98

-

Spigel

On whose yard the picture was taken.

99

Shloime

Broun

He had a harelip; Berysz Lachman's grandson.

100

Moshe

Witkowski

Older B of 55 and 86. Jekew's son.

101

Abram

Goldberg

Younger B of 79 and 89.

102

-

Herszenbaum

Second son of Chiel Herszenbaum; B of 69.

103

Uszer (Nitke)

Landau

C of 69 and 102.

104

Yitzchak (Zike)

Rabinski

Younger B of 56; C of 58.

105

Abram (Amusz)

Wilczynski

Older B of 81; Nachme's son.

106

Aaron

Gr

107

Faiwusz

Hamburger

S of 40.

108

Reuben

Offenbach

A; C of 78

109

Josef

Skoko

Tailor.

110

Manes

Aiman

F of 44

111

-

-

NN - Ladies tailor expelled from France.

112-119

-

NN - I do not recognize

120

Aron Zalme

Mordke

Nephew of 18 and 41.

98<>115 (no number)

NN. He died of a heart attach in Hohe Camp in 1941.

 
Part of the Photograph. Click to Enlarge it. It Was Sent to Me by Mr. Abram Bielawski of Ramat Gan, December 2000.

 

In addition...

On October 22nd 2002, I received the following email from Menno Krzywanowski:

"Dear Ada,

We are presently working on the roots of the WILCZYNSKI family. I am one of the descendants of this family through Efraim Kotowski married to Gitel Wilczynski, from Skulsk. A large part of the Wilczynski family lived in Sompolno. The picture shown in you site was taken when the Jewish young men were rounded up and taken for forced labour. Among others, we have identified Yaacov (Kuba) WILCZYNSKI and his brother Joseph (Yoshe) WILCZYNSKI. Both of them survived the war, lived in South America, immigrated to Israel with their families. They passed away during the last years. In the same picture there is Abraham BIELAWSKI and his brother (I don't know his name, but Abraham is alive and lives in Ramat-Gan). My mother, also alive, recognized other people from her own youth: BIGOS, AMUSH, etc."

Regards, Menno

On November 7th 2002, I received the following email from Menno Krzywanowski

Dear Ada,

Thanks for sending this site with the picture and the list of names. It was terrible to see the amount of our family members appearing there, with by effects, too. Anton PIOTROWSKI, married to Ida KOTOWSKI, my mother's sister, was named Arie PIOTRKOWSKI before the war. The members of the PIOTRKOWSKI family in the picture are his brothers and cousins.

He always mentioned that he was the only survivor ot his family. He passed away a few years ago in Tel Aviv.

His daughter, Salka Augusta PIOTROWSKI KOZAK lives in Bat-Yam.

I can add only a surname to your list: No. 44 is Wolf AJMAN, son of Manes AJMAN. Manes was married to Hava WILCZYNSKI.They had 3 children; 2 daughters, names unknown to me, and 1 son: Wolf. All of them were slaughtered by the Nazis

Regards,
Menno

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