Mieczyslaw Weinryb -- My Town Of Zamosc

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Die Fotos und Geschichten von Mieczyslaw Weinryb lassen uns einen Blick auf jüdisches Leben in Polen vor dem Krieg werfen. Mieczyslaw wuchs in der liebenswerten Kleinstadt Zamosc auf, und indem er seine Erinnerungen und Fotos mit uns teilt, nimmt er uns mit auf eine Reise zum zionistischen Jugendclub Hashomer Hazair. Darüber hinaus zeigt er uns, wie unterschiedlich und vielfältig jüdisches Leben im Polen der 1930er Jahre war.
Wie fast alle Zeitzeugen, die von uns interviewt wurden, floh auch Mieczyslaw in die Sowjetunion als der Krieg ausbrach. Miecyslaw überlebte im Uralgebirge, trat dort der Gesellschaft polnischer Patrioten bei und kam dann nach Polen zurück-um herauszufinden, dass seine gesamte Familie umgebracht worden war (bis auf seine beiden Schwestern, die schon vorher nach Palästina emigriert waren).
In Mieczyslaws Biografie können Sie nachlesen, wie das jüdische Leben in Polen nach dem Krieg war. Er heiratete eine nicht-jüdische Frau, Izabella; der Sohn der beiden, Eligiusz, graduierte in Warschau und unterrichtet nun Physik an der Yale University in den Vereinigten Staaten.

Mieczyslaw Weinryb's collection of pictures and stories provide us with a fascinating glimpse of Jewish life in Poland before the war. He grew up in one of the loveliest small towns in Poland, Zamosc, and through his memories and old pictures, Mieczyslaw takes us into his Zionist youth club, Hashomer Hazair. We also see and hear just how varied Jewish life was in Poland in the 1930s--from yiddishists to socialists, zionists to the orthodox.

Mieczyslaw, like nearly all of Centropa's Polish interviewees, fled into the Soviet Union when war came. Mieczyslaw survived the war in the Ural mountains, joined the Society of Polish Patriots, and returned home to Poland to find his entire family had been murdered (save for his two sisters who had already emigrated to Palestine).

In Mieczyslaw's biography, which you can access from the link on this page, he tells us what life was like for Jews in post-war Poland. He married a non-Jewish woman, Izabella, and their son, Eligiusz, graduated university in Warsaw and now teaches physics at Yale in the United States.

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PREWAR POLAND

In the 1920s, Poland was an independent state known as “The Second Polish Republic” or the “Second Commonwealth of Poland” (1918-1939).
 

POLISH JEWS

Mieczyslaw was raised in Zamosc, Poland, a town that has had a long history of Jewish life. The old city of Zamosc – a renaissance town in Central Europe – has become a UNESCO World Heritage site

WWII

Mieczyslaw was in the Polish Armed Forces when, on 1 September 1939, German troops invaded Poland signaling the start of the Second World War. 

POSTWAR POLAND

After the war, Mieczyslaw eventually returned to Warsaw where he took on a position as a construction engineer. Warsaw had been heavily bombed – 80% of the historic town center was reduced to rubble. An intensive reconstruction campaign was initiated to restore the town center, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site

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