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  • Jean Rosenbaum
    Go to www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Podhajce There you can see lots of pictures from Podhajce. Jean Rosenbaum Houston, TX ... From: Bíró Eszter To:
    Message 1 of 3 , Jan 23, 2011
      Go to www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Podhajce   There you can see lots of pictures from Podhajce.
      Jean Rosenbaum
      Houston, TX
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      Sent: Saturday, January 22, 2011 2:28 PM
      Subject: Re: [podhajce] interesting video on Polish television


      Dear Jeff, and dear Podhajce group members,
      I live at Budapest, Hungary. Today I have seen the documentary recorded in Podhajce. I found it very interesting but unfortunately I don't understand Polish. Is that possible that on one of the pictures you can see the ruins of the synagogue?
      My grandmother , Amalia Bieder was born near Podhajce in a small village called Uwsie( in Ukranien Vivsye). She was born in1888, and she left as a small child for Vienna, and later she married a Hungarian jew, my grandfather, and moved to Budapest. She could never return, and practically all her relatives were unknown to us.
      A few years ago we visited Lvov. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to visit the small places, including Podhajce, and Vivsye where my relatives lived before the war. Not driving we were also dependent on public transportation.
      I hope that some day I will be able to visit these places.
      Of course I would like to trace my lost relatives. I have in my possession some old family documents. According to them, my great grandmother was called Apfelbaum Lyba and my great grandfather Bieder Samuel.
      I would appreciate any help I could get in my search.
      Best regards
      Eszter Biro
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: JK
      Sent: Thursday, December 30, 2010 6:36 PM
      Subject: [podhajce] interesting video on Polish television


      Hello All,

      I found an interesting TV documentary on an expatriot Polish visit to Podhajce and the church ruin there (you may know that the region was the victim of a double ethnic cleansing, of both Jews and Poles...at the end of the war, as part of Moscow's plan to make the region more ethnically Ukrainian, millions of Poles and Ukrainians had to switch borders or face death).

      Unfortunately the documentary is in Polish.

      My knowledge of Polish is quite poor (I speak Czech) but I suspect the filmmakers decided to ignore the Jewish aspect to the town's tragedy, which was expected. The two large Jewish mass graves and the shul are completely ignored. I guess you cant have more than one tragedy at a time.

      About 20 minutes into the film, there is an old Polish/Austrian lady named Ms. Neuberg interviewed, she is one of the town's rare non-Ukrainian residents. She remembered my grandmother's sisters quite well and recounted, in tears, their round-up, as her house was right outside the war-period ghetto.

      Not mentioned in the documentary is the Sikorski family, a recipient of a Righteous Gentile award...their mother was executed when the Nazis found out she was sheltering two Jewish boys named Kessler (I believe the Kessler house is identified on a Podhajce website somewhere as it still stands in the downtown area...I think Kessler was the town's optometrist).

      You can advance the bar below the image to move about the piece, just copy and paste this address into your web address bar:


      I live in Brno, Czech republic, so if anyone is entertaining a trip to Podhajce, I know enough people there to help out, maybe even accompany you.

      Jeff Kellner

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