I've recently joined the group, which I think is doing a great job.
I am trying to find out more about my Polish Jewish grandparents'
journey from Eastern Poland to Russia, Persia, and finally to
Tengeru Polish Refugee Camp. My grandparents didn't tell my mother
and her sister much about their journey, and I never got to ask them
before they died, as I was too young and they lived in Israel.
My mother remembers the following fragments: my grandmother's maiden
name was Teofila / Tolla Koperszmid, and her home town was Rawa
Mazowiecka in Eastern Poland. She escaped to Russia in 1939, on the
last available train, shortly before the arrival of the Nazis. She
escaped with two of her sisters, Feiga and Tusha, and one of her
brothers, Salek. With the help of Anders Army they got to Persia and
finally to Tengeru Polish Refugee Camp. My grandfather was Bolek
Koch, he and my grandmother met en route and were married in Persia,
before arriving in Tengeru. I was amazed to find both their names on
the Red Cross List of Polish Refugees in Africa posted on this site,
although we didn't find the names of the two sisters and brother.
While living in Tengeru Bolek worked as a doctor, and my grandmother
Tolla worked as a nurse/midwife. My aunt Malbina Koch was born in
Tengeru in 1946, and my mother Perl Leah Koch in 1948. In 1950 they
emgirated to Israel. My mother and aunt were too young to remember
life at the camp. However we do have some photos, which I plan to
post on this site soon.
Feiga, Tusha and Salek settled in Melbourne, Australia. I know that
I have second cousins - their descendants - in Australia but my
family has lost touch. I am trying to find them too.
If anyone remembers my family from Tengeru I would love to hear from
All the best,