Zelig Lewin’s family

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  • Country name today:
    Poland

This is Zelig Lewin’s family. Zelig was my maternal grandfather Marceli Lewin’s brother. I don’t know who took this picture. I think it was taken in the 1900s, probably somewhere in Poland.

My grandparents were traditional. My mother said that even though her parents were traditional, her father ate ham, but never at home. At home I don't think they kept kosher, but nevertheless it wouldn't have been acceptable to eat ham. On the photograph you can see that my grandparents aren't wearing traditional costume, but entirely secular clothes. My grandfather didn't belong to any organization. I don't think he had any political sympathies. In any case nothing has stuck in my mind, or survived in the family history.

My mother's eldest brother, Eliasz, died at the beginning of the war. That was a tragic death. The Germans came for him at his apartment, to arrest him and two others - including Grandfather Lewin's brother Zelig, and Eliasz's cousin. Zelig went with the Germans, but Eliasz shouted, 'I'm not going with them!' and jumped out of the window. He died a few hours later. The others didn't come back; they were taken for good and murdered somewhere. That was very early on, very little was happening then. Eliasz was one of the first of that type of victim of war.

Interview details

Interviewee: Hanna We
Warsaw, Poland

KEY PERSON

Zelig Lewin
Jewish name:
Zelig
Decade of birth:
1850
City of birth:
Vysokoye Litewskie
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
City of death:
Warsaw
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Warsaw
Occupation
before WW II:
Co-owner of a laundry business

Other Person

Estera Lewin
Decade of birth:
1900
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Country of death:
Poland

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