Friday, March 21, 2008

CSI Kastellholmen

Nelly, sju månader vaktar sin pöl

Nanna lärde Nelly lerpöllek. På Skärtorsdagen återvände Nelly hem, svart som en labrador. En totalfärgförändring efter en promenad med Nanna. Nanna har full förståelse att Nelly älskar gräva upp och gräva sig ned i lerpölarna.
I natt så frös det till. Det tog tid för Nelly att krossa isen till hennes älskade lerpöl. Väl framme drog hon ur pölen lite gammmal jord beblandad med löv.

Därefter började hon vakta sin pöl (bilden).

Nelly med sin familj önskar alla en Glad Påsk.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Elektoralna number 30 - part our parents Conspiracy of silence

Helena Rozental, nee Polirsztok, my grandmother and one of the 11 children that lived at Elektoralna street 30
Colour view of Elektoralna Street pointing East. The first house number 24 with Russian and Polish signs “American Warehouse”, next house white, has number 22.
House nr. 20 very wide yellow house is known as Slowackis house, as Polish poet and dramatic author, one of the most important poets of the Romantic period lived there since 1829-31. Also at the same street, at Elektoralna 16 (white house), the most famous factory of silver plates, owned by Józef Fraget, was located for one hundred years, from 1844 to 1944.
Bird view of area between Elektoralna street (bottom) and Leszno street (top). Nr. 1 is placed over the house where my grand grandmother Sara, her husband Eliasz Polirsztok and their 11 children lived. Among them my grandmother Helena.

Ghetto time. It is likely that during Ghetto time, the factory at  Elektoralna 16 was artificially excluded from the ghetto. To enter the factory a special little bridge and the stairs were constructed that made it possible to approach the house through former balcony on the first floor. Although it was within the ghetto walls the business was run as normal until Warszawa upraise 1944. Elektoralna street 30 (my grand grandparents house)is one of the houses in the background. Picture taken pointing West.

Family on my mother’s side

Sara, my cousin’s daughter in USA (so called 3rd generation) started to dig in our and our parents past. Here is some information about our grand grandmothers Sara children.

Grand grandmother (the mother of my grandmother Helena that was murdered in Treblinka 1942 top picture): Sara Apenszlak b.18??, died 1920 (when my grandmother Helena was approx. 15 years old).

Sara Apenszlak married Eliasz Polirsztok in 18?? and had 13 children with him. (Aperszlak?)

They all lived in Warsaw on Elektoralna 30 Street, see picture (between Biala and Solna Street).

Jakub – the oldest
Dorota – left for USA
Szlamek – the father of Stefa, Lola, and Ed (Ed came to USA illegally in 1945; his name is/was Ed Poler and probably lives/lived in NYC).
Roza (Rose) lived in a Polish city of Lódz, married Moniek Sztajnzberg, and had 2 children. Daughter Hanna had a degree in Polish Literature and son Ziutek finished med school in Bratislava (Slovakia). When the WWII broke out they came to Warsaw and then escaped the Germans to Russia. Nobody knows what happened to them.
Szymon (Simon), a “gorgeous” man, according to family photos
Justyna, died of typhus, leaving 4 children.
Jozef (Joseph) died young, leaving wife and a small son
Helena (My grand mother) and Gabriel Rozental had
  3 daughters: Sabina, Lucyna (Lunia) and Krystyna.
Lodzia, who married Maks Feldberg and had 2 sons: Nikodem and Zdzislaw.
Leon – died accidentally when he was just one year old (his brother Szymon dropped him when he carried him).

All these people and their families have been murdered in the Holocaust – with a very few exceptions.