Monthly Archives: December 2012

The History of the Warsaw Ghetto – A Guide to the Perished City” by Barbara Engelking and Jacek Leociak

 The tragedy of the Warsaw Ghetto is well known in Holocaust literature, but despite the publication of numerous personal accounts, studies, and works of fiction dealing with life there, no one has ever written a complete history of the ghetto. Engelking and Leociak, researchers at the Polish Academy of Science, have undertaken this monumental task. Using unpublished archival materials from Poland and Israel as well as published literature, they have painstakingly documented daily life in the ghetto from its creation, in 1941, to its liquidation, in 1943. The authors are, respectively, a psychologist and a scholar in literature, so they examine the material from a multidisciplinary point of view. Following some background material, they proceed chronologically and thematically, beginning with the setting—the topography of the ghetto and the changes to its boundaries over time. They then examine various ghetto offices and institutions: the Judenrat, the Jewish Order Service, the Health Service, etc. They also look at aspects of economic and community life. Final chapters cover the history of the deportation of the Jews in the ghetto to the Treblinka death camp and the events occurring in the ghetto after the deportation as well as the fate of the district after the uprising in 1943. The many maps and illustrations make it possible to see exactly where things were located and where events took place. Various tables compile statistical details. Glossaries of names and terms, an extensive bibliography, and both general and name indexes conclude the book. This excellent work is highly recommended for academic libraries supporting history, Holocaust studies, and Jewish studies programs. –Barbara Bibel


Since my search has begun, I’ve found so much out about my family . They lived in Warsaw from 1720 right up till War World  2. My work has taken me to some of the best books on Warsaw and this one is the greatest of them all. Below is just the introduction.

I’ve  found my great great grandfather and great great grandmother, and great great uncles, aunts and cousins all in the Warsaw cemeteries. I feel very blessed to be able to go home in some way. I have longed to know their jobs and where they lived and to walked the streets that were their world. So much has been shown to me. It’s as if they have called to me and I have heard them. I hope others take the journey  to find their own families.































The book “The Warsaw Ghetto – A Guide to the Perished City” by Barbara Engelking and Jacek Leociak
This is a Description from Amazon about book,
The establishment and liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto has become an icon of the Holocaust experience. Remarkably, a full history of the Ghetto has never been written, despite the publication over some sixty years of numerous memoirs, studies, biographical accounts, and primary documents. The Warsaw Ghetto: A Guide to the Perished City is this history, researched and written with painstaking care and devotion over many years and now published for the first time in English.
The authors explore the history of the ghetto’s evolution, the actual daily experience of its thousands of inhabitants from its creation in 1940 to its liquidation following the uprising of 1943. Encyclopedic in scope, the book encompasses a range of topics from food supplies to education, religious activities to the Jundenrat’s administration. Separate chapters deal with the mass deportations to Treblinka and the famous uprising. A series of original maps, along with biographies, a glossary, and a bibliography, completes this masterful work.
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Some of the photographs in this post are from my personal collection of Warsaw photographs.

The Long Hot Summer In Movie Stills The Wonderful, Joanne Woodward, Paul Newman, Anthony Franciosa, Lee Remick, Orson Welles and Angela Lansbury

This is one of my favorite films. They are all so alive and filled with there own special heat. Truly one of the great films.


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Click here to see my Gallery of my full collection of movie stills from The Long Hot Summer

Art & Paper Ephemera From Warsaw Poland & other places

Below are just the beginning of the art and paper and sculpture of Warsaw Poland & other places

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Photographs of Warsaw Poland Before 1945

Below are just the beginning of the photographs of the great city Warsaw before   the Second World War.

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Postcards of Warsaw Poland

Below are just some of the postcards of Warsaw Poland Before 1940


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History Of The Jewish People Of Warsaw Poland , Written By Justyna Laskowska

This video was made as I began my journey. I had just found my great grand parents graves and  both came from Warsaw to America in 1910. This was the start of my search. More videos shall be coming on Warsaw and its Jewish people.

When I began  this extraordinary journey from knowing nothing of my family to discovering that they are from Warsaw Poland . The Baumwol’s go back as far as 1720 , all I wanted to do was try to find out if they were buried there and if so could I find their burial sites. I also longed to know where they lived and the streets they walked.  I have now discovered much of what I set out to find.

In my research, there have been a few books that take you back all those years to the Jews of Warsaw. I came across this essay in my research which I have found to be of great value in understanding the history as well as placing me in context to their lives and times.

Below is the beginning of an essay written by Justyna Laskowska about the history of the Jewish people of Warsaw Poland:

First traces of Jewish presence in Warsaw can be found at the beginning of the 15th century or even earlier[1.1]. The first documented references about the Jews come from 1414 (Czersk Books)[1.2] and mention money obtained by Lazar Judeo de Varschovia. Next pieces of information already come from town books. The oldest one from municipal books (1421) mentions only ten Jews, so we can assume that the Jewish community was in fact very small. The existence of Jewish inhabitants in the city in 1414 can be confirmed by the oldest aldermen’s books from that time.

The Jews inhabited Żydowska Street, where they had their own synagogue, mikveh and cemetery situated outside the city walls near present-day Krakowskie Przedmieście. This serves as evidence that they formed a well organized, though small, community that numbered 120 members.

Click here to go to my page with the text of the full essay to read more.

Also if your interested in reading more about the history of the Warsaw Jews, more content can be accessed in the top menu items Warsaw Poland and Baumwolls of Warsaw


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