Monday, December 20, 2010

More Evidence of our Property Claim - History of the Jews of Radziejow

The Virtual Shtetl Website,,history/, created by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, has an extensive article
concerning the Jews of Radziejow from 1432 to after the War. In that history you will find the name Szymon Neijman, my Grandfather, and Szmul Nejman, my uncle. This evidence gathered from independent sources is just another proof I have presented that our claim concerning Jewish property in Radziejow is based on historical facts and not, as some antisemites have claimed, some sort of plot to unjustly extort the good citizens of Radziejow. The detailed list of property owners is a list of my relatives and my father's good friends that he often spoke of as I grew up. Grojnowski, Wagner (the book "A Promise Kept"), and Frankenberg are just a few of these names.

Reprint of the true Santa Claus!

The Real Santa Claus Lived in Poland During the Holocaust! I do not believe in Santa Claus. However, there was a man during the Holocaust named Antoine Claus that gave my father a great gift that would put to shame Santa Claus.Mr. Antoine Claus was a shoemaker. He did business with my Grandfather, buying leather from our family business. He lived in a one room shack a few miles from Radziejow. His shack served as living quarters and his workshop.My father was on the run hiding from the Nazis and begging for food from the peasants. One evening he came upon Mr. Claus' shack. My father knocked on his door hoping for a bit of kindness. When Mr. Claus opened the door he was shocked to see my father. He was sure that all Jews were taken away. He recognized my father as the son of the pius Shimon Neuman.Mr. Claus saw my father in his filthy clothes, long hair, and beard. On his own initiative the poor shoemaker shaved my father, gave him a haircut and clean clothes. He fed my father. He gave my father a bed in the one room shack.The living quarters was separated from the workshop area by a thin curtain. My father was on one side of the curtain as Mr. Claus worked with customers on the other side. Nazi soldiers would come to the workshop to have their boots repaired. On occasion, my father would hear the Nazis brag about killing Jews. One would say he killed a hundred Jews. The next would brag that he killed many more. Mr. Claus did not react. His life was in danger. At any moment the Nazis could have opened the curtain. But they didn't.After several days of being fed and sheltered my father felt guilty that he was putting Mr. Claus in danger. Mr. Claus never asked my father how long he was staying. My father, finally, reluctantly, volunteered to leave.Mr. Claus is one of those few shining lights of kindness during the Holocaust. I am sure if there was such a person as Santa Claus, he would never reach the level of righteousness as Antoine Claus.

Radziejow - Wake Up!

It is time for the young people of Radziejow to start asking questions of their grandparents. Where are all the Jews that once lived here? Why did we not help them during the Holocaust? What did our Church do to protect the Jews of Radziejow? Where are the Jews houses of worship? Where is their cemetery? Why didn't we try to encourage them to stay in our town after the War? After the War, why did we not seek out and return all property owned by the Jews before the War? Why do we not officially respond to the request of the family of a fellow citizen of our town to return their property?
Unfortunately, you will not get honest answers. There are two streams of thought. There are good citizens of Radziejow and bad citizens of Radziejow. The bad citizens of Radziejow might try to blame the War on the Jews? They might say that the Jews had it coming? They might say that they were communists, so good riddens! The good citizens won't answer because they are embarassed about their conduct during the War. The good citizens of Radziejow, in their hearts, wish that they could have behaved differently before and after the War. The bad citizens of Radziejow could care less. Hitler did them a favor by getting rid of the Jews. They believe that Radziejow is better off without Jews.
The question the young people of Radziejow should be asking is how can Jewish children be evil communists? The Jews had no power so if they were so bad and evil why didn't we just get rid of them before the War?
The young people of Radziejow should stand up and try to correct the mistakes of their parents and grandparents. The young people of Radziejow should seek out the survivors of the Holocaust and their families and ask them to return and take possession of their property. The young people of Radziejow should do what is right so that their children will one day be proud of the actions of their parents!