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I received this email this past week. Anyone can help?
Please distribute this to other researchers.
I am an English-speaking U.S. historian who has a contract with a university press to publish a biography of a Polish, Jewish immigrant to the U.S. in 1912. She was deported and became a Holocaust victim, murdered in Auschwitz.
Her name was Chawe Zloczewer, born on March 31, 1891, in Mlawa, Poland, then part of the Russian Empire. In 1926 the family was living at 15 Dzieldowska Street in Mlawa.
First, Chawe reported that, after primary school in Mlawa, she “graduated in Plotzk,” Yiddish for Płock. She also advertised herself in the U.S. as a “Russian College Graduate.”
Exactly what sort of school Chawe graduated from in Płock is unclear. It was highly unusual at that time for a young Jewish woman to go to college.
Second, Chawe suggests that she was involved in some sort of anarchist or socialist, or labor movement activism in Poland before she came to the U.S. in 1912, at age 21. In New York City, Chawe joined the famous anarchists Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman in publishing *Mother Earth* magazine.
Third, Chawe tells of visiting an artists’ colony when she was still a young woman in Poland. I would love to know anything more about such places in Płock, and the Russian Empire, around 1910.
I will appreciate any research tips and assistance that you can provide.
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