Can you recognize this house in Zakopane?
The Genealogy Department once again asks you to help identify the place, of the Speisers family. Is it possible to find the find address in Zakopane from this photo?
Documents found Bruno Schulz’s family!
Usually we help our guests with collecting information about their ancestors and finding documents, pictures, addresses or any evidence of their existence. However, sometimes we also help documents and forgotten forefathers in finding their living descendants.
Alfa — The Wajdenfeld Brothers’ Chocolate Factory
In our office we have the pleasure to meet incredible people and hear many wonderful stories from the past. Moreover, we have a chance to see beautiful photos.
Jewish theater in Poland
Theater was a major cultural instrument in the early 20th century, and Especially for Jewish communities. A thriving world of theater and cabaret, professional and amateur, thrived across Jewish communities and towns.
Cudyk Akerman — notable Polish Jewish boxer
Recently we had a pleasure to host at our office son of Cudyk Akerman.
Excellent Jewish football player goes abroad
Some the time ago the guest of the Department of Genealogy JHI was Leirner Adolpho, who came to Warsaw from Argentina to see his father’s homeland. We invite you to read the history of pre-war football star — Simon Lerner, member of the Warsaw club „Star”.
Who was the mother of Marylka Richter?
Oskar vel Szyja Mojżesz Richter never spoke with his sons about his first wife or daughter.
Rozenberg from Radom — a beautiful love story
Londzia’s last name was not ROZENBERG. Her parents met in Radom. Him – Zenek ROZENBERG from a rich family, her – Gienia from an average Catholic family.
Saving 42 Jews of the Żmudź area
Mr Marcin Andrusieczko came to our office with a history of his uncle and his grandfather. They helped a group of 42 Jews to survive the war in bunkers in „Uroczysko Haliczańskie“ forests near Żmudź and Pobołowice. Read carefully these post-war memoirs of Mr Zbysław Raczkiewicz, son of Wojciech. Please, contact us if there’s anything you could add to this story.
Quizzes from Milejczyce
In 2010 during the renovation of the pre-war school building 70 history quizzes from 1940 were found when replacing the windows. They were once written by Jewish, Polish and Russian children, all attending the same school. In 1940 they were answering questions regarding Pharaoh Ramses the Second and his war with the Hittites.
We went to the ghetto, to meet Korczak
Before the war my parents found me an amazing French teacher, Maria Lewartowska. Her mother Zofia was a beautiful woman. When Maria found our that they had to move from Puławska St. to the ghetto she wrote me a letter.
I was born in Kórnik...
My family lived in a house, in which a bank was located. My parents owned a grocery store downstairs (so called colonial goods).
Saving Jozef Pilsudski
„My great-grandfather saved Jozef Pilsudski from the Russians...” — these are the first words from a letter we received from Israel.
Kidnapped by own family
Her parents died in the Sarny ghetto. Tekla and Franciszek took her into their family, only to loose her a few years later. Was she kidnapped with help from the authorities?
They called me their „Yiddishe papa”
„These were the happiest years of her life. She was saving shivering little beings, looking in their sad eyes, she was putting them to sleep“ – writes Jadwiga, a granddaughter of a Righteous Gentile, asking: what happened to them?
The last letter from Będzin
“When you receive this letter, none of us will be alive.”
The long road to Gwatemala
“Grandpa was an orphan. He left Poland because he had no family. He had no passport. He boarded the ship illegally. That’s how he got to Cuba. Later on, he moved to Guatemala.”
Letter from Vilnius
“I would like to ask whether it is possible to identify the names of the families which are in the photographs, as well as to establish what happened to them, whether anyone survived and if they have descendents or relatives. I would be very grateful for your help.”
The East is „Read”
There’s something in eastern culture that we refer to in Poland as ‘’the Russian soul”...
History of family names
Grandma’s name was Rosenberg. Am I Jewish? We hear questions like that rather often. Someone encounters a name with a Germanic sound to it and jumps to the conclusion that the name is Yiddish. Other “non-standard” Polish names are taken, due to their “exotic” nature, to be Hebrew — by individuals with no knowledge of Hebrew.