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Documents of the Zionist Congress in Poland

These pictures show the results of the elections to the Zionist Congress in Poland. These results are dated November 7, 1937, and July 23, 1939.

Every small community, including Klodawa, had documents recording the number of votes in elections.

In the last picture there are signatures of the board committee of the elections. One of the names is TZVI HERTZ ROTBART.

Sent by Lee Rotbart.

 

 

 

 

 

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24 KLODAWA SURVIVORS. LANDSBERG, GERMANY DP CAMP. JANUARY, 1947.

THESE PEOPLE WERE IDENTIFIED BY JOSEPH FRANCUS AT AN INTERVIEW IN HIS HOME ON JANUARY 13, 2007. ONLY ONE PERSON OUT OF THE 24 WAS NOT IDENTIFIED.   I AM NOT 100% CERTAIN OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES SUROUNDING THESE SURVIVORS, OR HOW THEY ENDED UP IN THIS CAMP TOGETHER. MY UNCLE MICHUEL PRZEDECKI, AND HIS WIFE LIENNA (PICTURED HERE) WENT ON TO LIVE IN FRANKFURT FOR THREE YEARS BEFORE LEAVING FOR CUBA-- EN ROUTE TO THE U.S.. MY COUSIN JOSEPH FRANCUS (ALSO PICTURED HERE) LIVED IN NEW ULM, GERMANY FOR 3 YEARS BEFORE COMING TO THE U.S.. IT IS MY ASSUMPTION THAT ALL THESE KLODAWITES WERE ...<< MORE >>

In Their Own Words...Survivors' Memorial to the Fallen. Landsberg DP Camp, Laupheim, Germany. 1947.

 


English:
MEMORIAL,1942 - 1947,
TO REMEMBER 350 JEWISH FAMILIES,
MARTYRS,
WHO FELL AT THE HANDS OF THE NAZIS,
IN KŁODOWA,
5702 - 22nd DAY OF TEVET / JANUARY 11, 1942,
T'hae Nishmahtahm Tz'rurot Bitz'ror HaChayim/

(Literally: May Their Souls Be Bound In the Bond of Life.

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Klodawa Survivors Israel-Unidentified




PHOTO OF KLODAWA SURVIVORS IN ISRAEL SUBMITTED BY RACHEL FRID, DAUGHTER OF CHANA JAKLINSKI.  CHANA APPEARS IN THIS PHOTO, STARTING FROM THE RIGHT, SHE IS THE 5TH PERSON IN.

DOES ANYBODY RECOGNIZE ANY OF THE OTHER KLODAWA SURVIVORS???

PLEASE HELP OUT IF YOU CAN.

JUDY





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Klodawa Cheder 1935/6


The above photo of the cheder in Klodawa was taken in 1935/6.  Several people have produced a copy of this photo--Dean Rotbart, Joseph Francuz, Moshe Krel.  As of March, 2008 the following children have been identified:

First Row Seated Left to Right: 4th boy: Menel Grynfel, 5th boy: Avrum Opyczynski, Last Boy Seated: Motek Krel.

Middle  Row:
First Boy Standing on Left: Shmulik Krel.

Third Row Left to Right:
Second Boy, Tzvi Francuz, 4th Boy: Jaretsky {Unknown First Name], Last Three Boys Left to Right: Motek [Max] Rotbart, Motek Rzeszewski[Max Rose], David Burdowski.

TEACHERS: Eidenberg [first name unknown--per Joe Francuz]



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THE SHUL OF OUR ANCESTORS

This photo was given to Judy Muratore by Moshe Krell in February, 2008 at the time of Judy's visit to Moshe's home in Florida.
As we have heard from the Klodawa survivors, there were three temples, shuls in the town, one of which may be exclusively a Bat Midresh. There was an orthodox temple, and a more conservative temple. I am not sure which of the two this was.

According to Barbara Ganczyk, Klodawa historian, the original building that served as the shul was destroyed in 1945, and a ...<< MORE >>

Imagine Me and Zhou


If my grandfather were alive today, I can’t image what he would have made of my recent breakfast meeting with His Excellency Zhou Wenzhong, Chinese Ambassador to the United States.

Hersz Rotbart was born in Kolo, Poland and spent most of his adult life making hats by hand and selling them in the weekly open-air market of Klodawa, a small village about one-hour’s drive west of Warsaw.

Zaydie, as I suspect I would have called him had I ever had the privilege of knowing Hersz, had no formal education to speak of and no doubt only knew China as a distant world inhabited by a great number of people of very foreign culture.

Indeed, from Klodawa to Beijing was a distance not counted in miles, but in millennia, for that is how long each culture had marched along its own unique path.

Zaydie died in Auschwitz in 1940, long before I was born and five years before Ambassador Zhou’s parents gave birth to him in China’s Jiangsu Province.  As Ambassador, Zhou Wenzhong today represents his country’s 1.3 billion citizens in all of China’s political and business affairs with the United States of America.

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SEARCHING FOR INFORMATION ON ORNER/TAUBE/RUBENSTAIN FAMILY

Per Email from Ester Penn:

My name is Esther Penn and i was born in Klodawa in the year 1938. My parents names were:
Foigel Orner maiden name Taube
Nahum-Haim Orner from Kutno

My mother passed away recently in Israel
My father perished in Auszwitz on 29th July 1942.

I would like to make contact with anyone who new my parents or my grandparents Taube Asher and Rebeca (Rubinstain) who owned a flour mill.

Thank you for the opportunity of getting people together.

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ROBIN NICINSKI'S TRIP TO KLODAWA: SUMMER 2007

Here is a recap of Robin Nicinski's recent visit to Klodawa:

See Robin's Pictures Here

 " We hired a guide named Roman from a very responsible agency, and he drove us the two hours to Klodawa from Warsaw. He fit in very well with the locals, and as a result we had a very good experience. Did you know that Klodawa is known for its salt mine? We met two residents of Klodawa, one who lived on Rynek Street today and showed us a picture of the street from the 1930's. He was very friendly ...<< MORE >>

SEEKING BACKGROUND ON ABRAHAMS FAMILY (RELATION OF NICHINSKY)

"My name is Elaine Herrett from Kent, England and I am seeking information on the parents & grandparents of the Abrahams family children:- Bluma, Nathan, Samuel, Tobias, and Saul all born in Klodawa during the 1870's. It is unconfirmed their father was a Rabbi/Chief Rabbi who was killed in Klodawa. No information exists on their mother, also believed killed. Information from my 97 year old aunt (daughter of Samuel Abrahams & Eva Nichinsky) is that the Abrahams family lived next-door to the Nichinsky family (details of whom are posted on this site). It would seem that when the Abrahams ...<< MORE >>

YAD VASHEM SHOAH DATABASE

Several people have written in looking for any information that can be found about their family members from Klodawa. One simple first step that is accessible to all, and quite easy to use is the Yad Vashem Shoah Database. In this database you can look up by town, or by family name anyone you are looking for. To get to the database, use this link:
http://www.yadvashem.org/lwp/workplace/IY_HON_Entrance

Once there you will see: "To search the Database or submit names Click Here". 

Once you click, you will see boxes to enter either family name or location, or both. It ...<< MORE >>

KLODAWA SOCIETY CEMETERY PLOT. MT. LEBANON CEMETERY. GLENDALE, NY.

More than two years ago when I first began getting in touch with fellow Klodawa researchers, Karen Kroneheim and I connected and discovered that our families had been friends via the Klodawa Society. The Society was formed of the "Landsmanshaft" of the town who were newly settled in the U.S., mostly in the New York area, but also from Boston, as with my own family, and probably other places.  I hope to find out more about the Klodawa Society, itself. In fact one of the cousins I spoke with over the years told me had actually had a program from ...<< MORE >>

Photos Posted to "We Are All Strangers"

If anybody is interested, I FINALLY got a few photos posted on an already existing comment to the entry of "We Are All Strangers". The photos are of my grandfather, Mark Pizer,  with Gnendel Rzeszewski--Dean Rotbart's great-Aunt, and two additional photos of my grandfather and Albert Morrison, Ron Volk's Uncle. To view, simply go to the "We are All Strangers" entry, and click on comments--they will be there.

I hope to be posting my entire photo album very, very soon!

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Klodawa Today: A Recent Visit by Paul Davison


Paul Davison has created a photo gallery from his visit to Klodawa as part a family trip to Poland in April 2006. As his pictures show, Klodawa's Jewish history lives on without its lost Jewish soul.

Chanukah Skypefest

What would our ancestors think if they could see today's Internet technology?

Could they believe that their grandchildren and greatgrandchildren -- spread around the world -- could reunite for Chanukah 2006 to celebrate the holiday and get to know one another? 

The Internet party is scheduled for noon New York Time, so that Klodawa descendants in every time zone can participate. We will light a Chanukah menorah, spin a dreidel or two  and share our family histories. Please spread the word and plan to join us! ...<< MORE >>

Seeking Background on Nicinski Family

Hi Judy, My maternal grandfather , Hyman Nichinsky (i?) came to England from Klodawa late in the 1880s, changing his name to Cohen His anglicized parents' names were Lewis & Annie. Lewis, a tailor & retired soldier, is reputed to have been murdered by cossacks, so Annie , her daughter Eva & the 4 other sons followed Hyman to England . Eva , Harry & Barnet lived out their lives in England, while Hyman & Joe went to live in Australia, & Marks went to Canada. I gave the family tree details to Elaine Herrett, who gave me your email address, also to Honey Bot in Toronto. My g-grandmother was also from Klodawa. She was Hyman's mother-in-law, & her name was Yetta Cymber, ( or Simber). I have a tree of her parents & siblings, if this is of value to you. She married in Klodawa Jacob Czerniak from neighbouring Przedecz. Hoping to hear further from you, Regards Len Levin << MORE >>

Time Travel: How Would You Spend The Day?

My attention is riveted on those who attend this ‘simcha,’ or special celebration. Most of them I have never -- and will never -- meet. My father, the Bar Mitzvah boy (his Americanized name was Max), will remain in Klodawa until shortly after the Germans invade Poland two-and-a-half years hence. He’ll then be forcibly taken to labor camps and ultimately to the living hell of the Auschwitz concentration camp. << MORE >>

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10-Year Old Lucas Muratore On His Great-Grandfather, Mark Przdecki

This boot represents the salt mines in Poland. This cap is called a Yamaka and it is used to pray. I used it a lot on the ship praying to get to American safely. Here is my family photo. I just can't wait until I get enough money to bring the rest of my family over. I always read books during the ship ride. It is my favorite thing to do. Polish salami is a great food, and it will not spoil. Mmmm.... << MORE >>

The Neglected Jewish Cemetary of Klodawa

By one estimate, roughly 2,000 headstones once populated this plot of land. Today there are none.<< MORE >>

We Will Post Oral Histories -- And Video Histories -- On This Site

Although Aunt Yadja, herself, lived in neighboring Kolo, her brother -- Hersz Rotbart -- lived in Klodawa.<< MORE >>

The Przedecki Family of No. 10 Rynek -- Klodawa

The one Uncle who survived the War, along with his cousin who escaped with him, are both alive, doing well, and have sharp minds and memories of life back in Klodawa.<< MORE >>

Klodawa Town Roster

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We Are All Strangers...

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40 Jewish Merchants Listed - Do Your Recognize The Names?

No one claims the list is complete, but it is a very important document that exists nowhere else.<< MORE >>

To Write a History of Klodawa Requires a Rich Imagination

How odd, that being sent to Auschwitz was a lifesaving event.<< MORE >>

This Extended Family Lived In Klodawa -- None Are Known To Have Survived

I believe that most of these family members were taken to the Chelmo extermination camp and perished there. << MORE >>

Jewish Homes Around The Town Square Perimeter

Does anyone recognize these apartments? Who lived in them?<< MORE >>

This Is Said To Have Been The Rabbi's Home

We were told that this building -- now a storefront -- had been the local Rabbi's house.<< MORE >>

Remembering the Jewish Community of Klodawa, Poland

For many years, I have dreamed of building a tribute to the lost Jewish Community of Klodawa.<< MORE >>