Monday, February 23, 2009

Is This a Picture of the Mansion Which Sheltered My Father?

This picture was sent to me by one of our readers. It is possible that this is the actual house that my father stayed in during the end of the war. My father related that it was a mansion. Also, that he stayed in the deceased son's bedroom of the German owner and his "Polish Princess". The bedroom was located in the attic. I questioned my father why would a rich person put their son in the attic. My father then described the attic as beautiful with a wonderful view. Please note that the Attic of this house does look splendid, with about four windows to look out.
The property also has, what appears to be, a long barn in the background. That barn could be the one my father described as the gigantic barn where he stayed in and met the German's son, an officer in the German Army. There the officer made my father pledge that he would help his father after the war.

Friday, February 20, 2009


This picture taken in Radziejow shows a Nazi standing in a store front. It would appear that this is a storefront in the town square. The Neuman building is located in the town square where the majority of Radziejow stores were located. There appears to be a sign missing judging by the two visible pegs located above the Nazi's head. The window area looks new. In the 1930s there was a fire in the Neuman Building and as result the store was rebuilt. Likewise, you can see in this picture a second store. There was a second storefront in the Neuman building. Therefore, there is a good chance this may be the Neuman Building.
It is quite possible that this Nazi was one of the tormenters of the Jews of Radziejow in general and the Neuman family in particular. His face indicates that he has great satisfaction in his evil work. His face shows that he has no idea what will soon happen to him when the Allies destroy his Army and his great Aryan dream.
The two men standing in the second storefront tell a different story. The two men are not Jewish because they do not bear the Star of David on their coats as required my the Nazis. These two men seem to be smirking. Is that because they just got a free bee when they took possession of a Jewish store. That these two men stole Jewish property. Anyone from Radziejow that can recognize these two Polish collaborators/traitors should comment.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

New Pictures from Radziejow

A reader of this blog just sent me a series of pictures of Radziejow. They appear to be from 1920 to 1942. One picture startled me. It was a picture of the Jewish cemetery. In this picture I can see in the background the grave markers of my grandmother and great grandfather. Those pictures match the pictures already on the website. I cannot date the picture sent to me because it is unclear whether the fence behind my Grandmother's grave marker in my originally posted picture was there when she passed away or came after. Or was the fence removed during or after World War II.
Another picture of note is that of the purported blasted Synagogue. The Nazis destroyed the Synagogue during the Ghetto period (see previous post). It looks different then the picture in my posted picture of the Synagogue taken at the dedication of the Synagogue. However, this picture may be a different angle. Anyone who can enlighten me on this issue please comment.
There pictures of Nazis in the town square. The pictures are plain scary. The Nazis seem organized and in charge. The Jews must have been very fearful looking at this evil power.
There are pictures of the little villages in the vicinity Radziejow that saved my father during his time of hiding. The poor peasants kept my father alive by giving him food and clothing. The Neuman's will forever being indebted to these good people.
There are more pictures that I will soon post. Stay tuned!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Church Encounter Post Occupation

The Neuman building is around five hundred meters from the Catholic Church of Radziejow. My father never set foot in this church until near the end of World War II. As the story goes, one Jew that once did business with the Church, a roofer, fell off it after being hired to repair the church. He ended up deaf as a result of the fall. The Church was considered a place where Jews kept their distance.

My father up to the end of World War II spent his entire life in Radziejow save his early school years. The law in Poland required that my father attend public school. The problem was that when he was ready to enter the public school he was very frail The gentile children in Radziejow made sport of the Jewish children. These poor children had to endure the constant physical assaults by these polish ruffians. Since my father was too small he went to live with his sister Rivka in a nearby, more civilized, town. For two years he attended school there until he "filled out" a bit so he could fight back. From then on he spent all his days in Radziejow.

Once the Russians drove the Germans from Radziejow, about a dozen surviving Jews of Radziejow returned. They lived in my Father's building. One day these survivors came across a tank that was in a field just outside Radziejow. Inside the tank was a dead Russian soldier. The Jews did not know what to do with the body. Should they bury the poor soul?

They decided that he was a christian and therefore his body should be turned over to the church. Thus, my father entered the church for the first time in his life. This is the same church that was used by the Germans to gather the Jews after they liquidated the Jewish Ghetto of Radziejow. This was the same church that the trucks picked up those Jews from the church to be gassed at Chelmo.

But, my father, wanted to honor this soldier that gave his life so my father and his fellow Jews and my father's fellow Polish citizens could live! He sat in the pew for the service. And then attended the burial.