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Virtual Gombin #8: “We Go on Living”

Gombin Rabbi and Mayor during the Gombin Marker unveling cermeony on June 9th, 2021 in Gąbin, Poland.

Gombiners, whether you missed the unveiling of the memorial in Gabin last week, or want to see the highlights again, please join us for a zoom presentation and discussions with our friends in Poland- Wojtek Wasilewski, Michal Sroka, and Karen Forth. This is our chance to learn how they created the marker, implemented this spectacular event, and navigated the complexities. We can honor their many contributions to the Gombin Jewish community, worldwide. PLEASE JOIN US Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 11am Pacific, 2pm New York, 7pm London, 8pm Warsaw, 9pm Tel Aviv Zoom information to come. Please RSVP by contacting… Read More »


Virtual Gombin #7: Unveiling the Historical Marker Ceremony in Gabin

This extraordinary “hybrid” event will be held June 9th at 4pm in Poland (3pm in UK, 10am EDT, 7am Pacific, 5pm in Israel). A live event will take place in Gąbin with the Mayor and Polish guests. Comments from other Polish and International friends will be on-line. A video link will be available, and instructions will be sent in early June. More information to follow. Please RSVP by contacting us at secretary@gombinsociety.org and plan to participate. This event was featured in an article from the Nasz Gabin website: “Żyjemy nadal- odsłonięcie Tablicy Pamięci Społeczności Żydowskiej Gąbina” (English: “We go on… Read More »


Gombiner Lindsey Max describes her genealogical journey in Smithsonian article

Lindsey Max wrote an article for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage called “History Lost and Found: Tracing My Gombiner Roots Through the Jewish Diaspora”. In personal and authentic language, Lindsey describes the genealogical journey that took her to discover her Gombiner roots. That journey took her around the world, to the Gombin shtetl in Poland and back to New Jersey, where she delved into the history of the Gombin Society.


Lindsey Max (Manczyk)

Lindsey Max wrote an article for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage called “History Lost and Found: Tracing My Gombiner Roots Through the Jewish Diaspora”. In personal and authentic language, Lindsey describes the genealogical journey that took her to discover her Gombiner roots. That journey took her around the world, to the Gombin shtetl in Poland and back to New Jersey, where she delved into the history of the Gombin Society.


Virtual Gombin #6: Lindsey Max

   In Virtual Gombin Tour #6, Lindsey Max talks about “History Lost and Found: Tracing My Gombiner Roots Through the Jewish Diaspora”, an article she wrote for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. In personal and authentic language, Lindsey describes the genealogical journey that took her to discover her Gombiner roots. That journey took her around the world, to the Gombin shtetl in Poland and back to New Jersey, where she delved into the history of the Gombin Society.


New Video: “Last Letter – Gombin and Gostynin Commemoration”

As we return to our roots in Gombin and Gostynin in Poland, walk with us, experience the sights of today and hear the stories of yesteryear. This movie, made by our Polish friends Grzesiek Mart, Michał Sroka and Wojtek Wasilewski, invites you to remember and honor those who have gone before. Click here to watch the video.


Virtual Gombin #5: Virtual (Passover) Seder

Join fellow Gombiners to remotely, but enthusiastically, celebrate the Passover. Vicky Fingeroot and others will lead a brief version of the seder with candle lighting, blessings over the ritual seder plate, matzoh, wine. Will include excerpts from the Haggadah, poetry, remembrance of Passover in Gombin, and a chance for Gombiners to chat and interact, remotely, of course.


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.


Virtual Gombin Tour #4: “They call him ‘Gąbinski’; 200 years of migration: Part 1 – Town and Country”

  Gombiner Michael Shade from Brighton U.K. presented at the 4th Virtual Gombin tour. Michael is an experienced genealogist and historian of Jewish families in the Mazovian region of Poland, having studied his own family and helped other Gombiners work on theirs. He has spoken at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, to high school students in Gabin, and at Gabin’s commemoration of the start of World War II. In this Virtual Gombin, Michael focused on his famously named Frankensztejn family’s 200-year history of migration.