There were seven children

Maria Zychowska and her friend Ada Golostupiec. Walbrzych, 1940s.
"I met Ada in 1946 when I was working in a grocery store in Walbrzych. There was a girl with black pigtails holding a baby, waiting in line for rationed butter. I didn't want to sell it to her, since she had already been in line once before, but when I found out that she was taking care of her half-sister on her own, because her stepmother had died from tuberculosis right after they returned from the Soviet Union, I told her to come up without waiting in line. Out of gratitude, she arranged lunches for me at a Jewish cafeteria. We became very close. In the seventeen years after she emigrated to Israel I wasn't able to become as close to anyone as I was with her." Maria Zychowska, Ropienka

"Bluma Zilberberg (on the right) was my best friend in the Inhuman Land. After having been drafted into the Polish Army, we met in Buzuluk in Siberia. The photograph was taken in January of 1943 in Teheran. At that time we were working in a Polish hospital. We were soon separated, since I was transferred to Palestine. I would so much like to find out what happened to her." Janina Juralewicz, Biskupiec

Zofia Meglicka with Halina and Lila Klajman. Warsaw, 1943. "The Majmans were from Ldz; they were friends of my parents. In 1942 my parents took in Lila and Halina and had Aryan ID cards made out for them under the name Mierzwicka. Both girls were with us until October of 1944. We considered them members of the family, and they treated their 'aunt' as a mother. They both survived. Lila died in Uruguay in 1991, and Halina is living in Tel Aviv." Zdzislaw Meglicki, Warsaw

Names unknown. Print from a glass plate found in Zdunska Wola

Cousins Lejka Rottenberg, Hala Boms and Ita Prywes catching butterflies in the meadows in Skryhiczyn, 1920's.

Janka Kon, Basia Rundo, Zosia Horowicz - classmates at the Jan Kochanowski Gymnasium, Warsaw. Photo taken June 2,1935 at the Zoo. Janka and Zosia perished in the ghetto.

"These two pretty Jewish sisters, whose surname I can't recall, were from my hometown of Nowodwrna, Stanislaww province, in what is now the Ukraine. They must have perished in the round-up of Jews in 1943. 1 was 13, and saw my friend Fela also a Jew; a single child, well-to-do, as she went to her death with her father and mother in a row, beside Germans with dogs." Stanislawa Dubaj, Debno.

Irena Kwiatkowska (fourth from left), and her friends - Jewish girls. Piaski near Lublin, 1934.

"Aunt Bachner, like her daughters - Soferl and Lotte - was petite, very delicate She died of tuberculosis. When after a crash on the Vienna stock exchange, Uncle Bachner committed suicide, Soferl was afraid that she would not be able to take care of Lotte, who was mentaly ill and needed care. Soferl shot her sister and tried to kill herself. Soferl was rescued, but then she was left by her beloved husband. She rented a room in sa hotel with some borrowed money and hanged herself." From the notes of Vicky Abrams

"My mother, Ryta Szczupak (married name Pytka), in the white blouse with her legs crossed, with her friends. This picture was probably taken in Tuszyn, near Ldz. "In the spring of 1940 she was sent to the ghetto in Piotrkow and I never saw her or anyone else from my family again." Jerzy Pytka, Warsaw

The Erlich family from Kutno: Gustawa (nee Wajnsztajn), Michal Erlich, and their daughters Ida and Franciszka (right).
"In 1985 in Israel a taxi driver asked me where I was from. I answered from Polan, even though I had already left for Eretz Israel in 1935 and for years I had been living in Sweden. From which town? In fact I should have said from Kutno, but I said: From Bedzin. - Just like my mother-in-law. Maybe she knows your family. In the morning I got a call: Are you Franka Erlich's sister? Come over right away, I'm going to tell you everything. I was with her until the moment she died. "On July 31,1943 the Germans surrounded the Bedzin Ghetto, where my family was confined. People were loaded onto cattle trucks. At Auschwitz her mother went straight to the gas chambers. Franka - who was beautiful and had graduated law school - was put in charge of her barracks. "The girls from Bedzin stayed together. In the fall they stole a turnip from a field. They divided it up, as with everything they had, into six equal pieces, and then out of thirst they drank water from some marsh. Everyone except for this woman died from typhoid. Franka died in her sleep. "For forty years I had looked for some trace of my sister. Finally, this woman told me what had happened. It saddened me, but it also gave me some peace to know that Franka did not suffer. She was 28."
Ida Kowal, Gteborg

Zlata Boms and Lea Prywes (pregnant), daughters of Chaim Rottenberg from Skryhiczyn. Warsaw, 1906.
"Mama had seven sisters. Auntie Data left with three of her children to Palestine. She had to leave her oldest, mentally ill son in a hospital in Warsaw. He was her most beloved child. In 1939, she returned to him. Both died at the beginning of the war.

"Auntie Adela could not stand her husband, but he was just crazy about her. She could not refuse her father, when he found her a fiance from the retinue of the Gerer Rebbe. But Adela was intelligent, well-read, and sympathized with the Bolsheviks! They had two sons and a daughter. Uncle Abram bought orange orchards in Palestine, and they all left. They came back to Poland to wind up their affairs and to have medical treatment for their daughter. Their beautiful little daughter had a heart defect, and Adela believed only in the Warsaw doctors. The War then caught up with them in Warsaw. Their small daughter died soon after, and Uncle and Auntie and their sons returned to Palestine. They left via Lithuania along with the Rebbe and the Hasidim from Gra Kalwaria - a famous voyage, as the Germans were very well paid for it.

"One of Auntie Adela's sons lost his right arm in a battle with the Arabs in 1948. Later, he became a lawyer. The younger son became a rabbi. "My mother Lea, after surviving the war in the Soviet Union, also left for Israel. She died there in 1957."
As told by Ita Kowalska of Warsaw

Lea Prywes with her sister Aniela Szpiro. Warsaw, 1908.

Ecia and Ala (at that time still Sara) Hildesheim from Wloclawek, 1910. On the reverse, the poem by Staff "The Voyage of the Joyful Pilgrim."

Names unknown. Print from a glass plate found in Zdunska Wola.

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