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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 »


Hania (neé Teifeld) Shane

Hania Teifeld Siblings

Shane-Teifeld H: Memoir of My Survival; The Life of Hania Shane-Teifeld. As told to niece, Aida (Guyer) Cutler This memoir was written by Hania (neé Teifeld) Shane over a period of years and dictated to her niece, Aida (neé Guyer) Cutler, between 2000 and 2002, in Detroit. Hania died in 2002. Aida is the daughter of Hania’s sister, Zelda, who is mentioned in the memoir, but who had already emigrated to Argentina when the Second World War began. Tragically, the two sisters never saw each other after the War. Hania also wrote a short article that appears in Yiddish in… Read More »


Frankel/Sokoloff

View Survival by Devotion, “A brief bio of my father”, Samuel Frankel, by Gayle (Frankel) Sokoloff


Sklarok / Szklarek

Szklarek Lewis family tree

These set of documents that were handed down to us from our Grandmother Rose Lewis (wife of Harry Kutcher) as being her family documents. The family emigrated to the UK some time between 1886 and 1891 and changed their name to Lewis. There are discrepancies in the dates of birth even between UK documents which I assume are due to language problems/ mistranslations, but on the whole the data between the Szkareks and Lewis tie up quite well. Spelling variations Names: Abraham; Abram Icek; Iczek ; Isaac;Yitzak Surname: Sklarok; Szklarek; Shklarok Town/City: Gombin; Gambin; Gombyn; (now) Gabin District: Gostinsk: Gostynsk;… Read More »


Sanitt

sanitt family photo

View photos from the Sanitt family


Rissmann

View the Rissmann family tree here.