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What’s New with Gombin

Jewish Gombin Highlighted at Yad VaShem

The International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, Israel’s leading Center for Holocaust Remembrance, has launched a new educational program dedicated to the topic of the shtetl. To give both students and the general public an idea of how prewar Jewish shtetl life looked, they selected the Jewish community of Gombin. Using images from the 1937 Sam Rafel film of Gombin and material from the Gombin Yizkor Book, they create a powerful and compelling picture of shtetl life. One of the components in the learning environment is an interactive map (based on the map sketched by Wolf Mantzyk) that… Read More »


Abraham Mastbaum Auschwitz Interview

Abraham Mastbaum’s interview about his experience during the Holocaust, including Auschwitz and liberation, is now available. The video is in German, but an English translation of the video has been provided. English captions of the video are coming soon.


New Video: George Nosal Interview in Cleveland, 2019

Click here to check out this interview with Gombiner George Nosal. George Nosal was born in Poland in 1922 and may be the oldest living Jewish Gombiner at the time of this interview filmed during a Gombin Society Board meeting in Cleveland in the summer of 2019.  He is a marvelous story-teller and recounts some of his remarkable life, escaping Poland during the Nazi invasion, surviving the Russian internment, joining the British army, and eventually returning to Gombin after the war.  George now lives in Toronto, Canada with his son Alex. The photo (at the left) is frame 304 from… Read More »


Gombin Jewish Cemetery Fence Repair Project

2020 - Gombin Jewish Cemetery Fence - Repair truck

In January, 2020, the Gombin Society entered into an agreement with the Nissenbaum Foundation of Warsaw to repair and refurbish the metal fence around the Gombin Jewish Cemetery.   This fence was originally built in 1998 through a similar agreement with Nissenbaum, but had gradually rusted and deteriorated over the intervening 20 years. The first phase of a multiyear project is now completed with the reinstallation of 70 refurbished spans of the fence in the front of the cemetery, constituting about one-third of the entire length of the boundary of the cemetery.  The project includes the refurbished front gate.  The current… Read More »


The Jewish Community of Gąbin, 1918-1945. Magdalena Karczewska. Master’s Thesis, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, 2004

Karczewska History Title Page

Jewish settlement on Gąbin dates to the Middle Ages, and the Jewish Kehila (community) was already established in the 13th Century. That community was destroyed during World War II, but its history lives on. This Master’s Thesis represents the most comprehensive and scholarly historical overview of Jewish Gąbin, with a particular focus on the 20th Century, inter-war period. The original was written in Polish and translated into English by Leon Zamozc. Click here to view and download the English translation of The Jewish Community of Gąbin, 1918-1945 by Magdalena Karczewska.


“Who Will Write Our History” Warsaw Ghetto Film

Who Will Write Our History Airing on the Discovery Channel at 3 PM on Sunday Jan. 26. This is a moving film reenactment of the Emanuel Ringleblum group inside the Warsaw Ghetto who wrote and buried an archive that documented their experiences. “About the Film”, From the Who Will Write our History’s website: “In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi… Read More »


Database of headstones in the Gąbin (Gombin) Jewish Cemetery

Matzevah of Pincus Chaja, brother of Bernard Guyer

The Poland Jewish Cemeteries Restoration Project (Wirtualny Cmentarz) has researched hundreds of Jewish cemeteries through our Poland and created a database of the headstones, documenting all available information including a photo, the text in Hebrew and, in some cases, a translation to English. Click here to view the project’s website. Toggle between Polish and English translation using the Polish and English flag icons in the right side of the navigation bar. Go to Database and click on the link for Gąbin, or click here to view the Gombin headstone database. To view an enlarged photo of a headstone, click on… Read More »


Gombin Yizkor Book – Available for Purchase

Gombin. The Life and Destruction of a Jewish Town in Poland. Published by the Gombin Society, Knight Printing Corp, 1969. We now have a link to buy your own Gombin Yizkor Book! A reproduction copy of the complete Yizkor Book can be purchased from the Yiddish Book Center, reprinted from the Yizkor Book collection in the New York Public Library. Click here to go to a form to buy the book. For additional information about ordering Yizkor Books, click here. You can also view the book online or download a PDF version of the book on Yiddish Book Center’s website.… Read More »


New What’s New Section

Welcome to our new “What’s New with Gombin” area of the Gombin Historical Society website.  Check back often for the latest information on Upcoming Events.


Michael Ber Identified – Jewish Prisoners at Buchenwald Concentration Camp

This well-known photo shows Jewish prisoners at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp at the end of WW II. Circled in red at the right is the figure of Gombiner, Michael Ber, who was identified by Dahlia Libin (nee Ber), his granddaughter who lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Michael Ber, z”l, was the son of Abraham and Miriam Ber. Click on the photo below to enlarge.