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What’s New with Gombin

“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.  


The Hebrew Popular School in Gombin – the Children’s Mandolin Orchestra

The Hebrew Popular School in Gombin – the Children’s Mandolin Orchestra ~1925, (from the archive of Meir Holtzman z”l). The unforgettable music teacher Icek Rembaum (center). Meir Holcman is standing 2nd to the right. From the book: “Płock the History of An ancient Jewish Community in Poland, Tel Aviv”, 1967, page 442. By Icek Rembaum, a teacher and an educator in Gombin. He was born in Płock and served as the director of the Hebrew Popular School in Gombin. He had a very developed talent for music, and thus he organized orchestras and choirs in “Maccabi” and the schools he… Read More »


Jews Who Found Refuge in Łodz

This photo was provided by Gombiner, Israel Baruch, who is the young boy seated on the floor at the left. It shows a group of Jews who found refuge in Łodz, Poland in 1946 after World War II. Some survived Nazi concentration camps or places of hiding, and others returned from Russia. Avram Zychlinski, brother of Rajzel Zychlinsky, is seated near the right in the first row with his hands crossed. He escaped from Poland by joining the Russian army, leaving behind a wife and two daughters in Gombin; they were murdered during the Holocaust. He returned to Łodz after… Read More »