Nachman Elencwajg with his wife at the Treblinka Memorial

Nachman Elencwajg with his wife at the Treblinka Memorial
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On this photo you can see me and my wife Anna. We?re standing next to a memorial stone in Treblinka, which is devoted to the memory of Jews from Miedzyrzec Podlaski. The picture was taken on 10th May 1964. I met my future wife back in Zagorze. I was a young and relatively handsome boy, so girls often accosted me. My wife was my age. She's dead now so I don't want to talk about it. I have a son with her, who lives in the US, and a daughter who lives in Wroclaw. My wife died in 1993, at the time when I was hospitalized. I had a tumor, but it wasn't malignant. I just lost 13 kilograms of weight. After the war, as far as Jewish organizations are concerned, I kept in touch chiefly with the secular ones, like the local Jewish committee. I remember that, back in Zagorze, prayers were being organized, but I never attended. And upon moving to Wroclaw I became active on the Jewish committee. I remember that during the campaign for the 1947 parliamentary elections, we set up a headquarters in my apartment. We met there, and from there we took posters and leaflets that we then stuck up on the walls. We held meetings and gave reports. We visited Jewish homes and campaigned for the government, because we supported it. And very many Jews lived in the area at the time. I was active on the local committee until 1950 when it was disbanded and the TSKZ was set up instead. I moved to the TSKZ and have been active on it ever since. Until recently I sat on the board as the treasurer, but a year and half ago I gave up because getting there for the meetings had become a hassle. So now I attend the meetings only very seldom.

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Interviewee: Nachman Elencwajg
Jakub Rajchman
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Wroclaw, Poland


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Anna Elencwajg
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