Sokolow Malopolski #galicia


Leonard Oppenheim <lenoppenheim@...>
 

Dear Friends -

My paternal grandmother, Esther Heller Oppenheim, was born and raised
in Sokolow Malopolski. Whereas she and several siblings emigrated to
the USA in the early 1900s, other members of her family remained there.

More than 1,300 Jews lived there in 1921 comprising more than 1/3 of the
town's population.

Today is Yom haShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. There seems to be
no Yizkor book for Sokolow Malopolski, and the few records that I have
been able to find concerning what happened to the Jewish population
there during the Holocaust years are sparse.

Does anyone know of any sort of Yizkor book or other published or
written materials such as diaries, letters, or other sources of information
that memorialize events in Sokolow Malopolski during the Holocaust?

An article in today's NY Times notes that there are only about 400,000
Holocaust survivors still living. Does anyone know of any living survivors
from Sokolow Malopolski who may still be able to provide information
about the holocaust in that town? For current and future researchers
whose ancestors had connections with Sokolow Malopolski, any tidbit of
information may be very helpful.

Many thanks.

Len Oppenheim


Alexander Sharon
 

Len Oppenheim wrote:

My paternal grandmother, Esther Heller Oppenheim, was born and raised in
Sokolow Malopolski. Whereas she and several siblings emigrated to the
USA in the early 1900s, other members of her family remained there.

More than 1,300 Jews lived there in 1921 comprising more than 1/3 of the
town's population.

Today is Yom haShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. There seems to be no
Yizkor book for Sokolow Malopolski, and the few records that I have been
able to find concerning what happened to the Jewish population there
during the Holocaust years are sparse.

Does anyone know of any sort of Yizkor book or other published or
written materials such as diaries, letters, or other sources of
information that memorialize events in Sokolow Malopolski during the
Holocaust?

An article in today's NY Times notes that there are only about 400,000
Holocaust survivors still living. Does anyone know of any living
survivors >from Sokolow Malopolski who may still be able to provide
information about the holocaust in that town? For current and future
researchers whose ancestors had connections with Sokolow Malopolski, any
tidbit of information may be very helpful.
______________________________________

Actually, there is a version of Yizkor Book for Sokolow Malopolski
which is included in the Yad vaShem publication "Pinkas haKehilot"
(Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities, vol. IV, part 3, Poland,
Western Galicia and Silesia, Jerushalaim 1984).

Refer to the contents of this particular volume donated by Ada
Holtzman z"l. Sokolow Malopolski appears on the list on pp. 276-278.

https://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_poland/pinkas_poland3.html

Sokolow Malopolski is not listed in the JewishGen Yizkor Books
summary since the entry >from the Yad vaShem publication was not
translated >from Hebrew, or if it was translated, it was not donated for
publication to JewishGen.

Please note that there are 133 entries for Sokolow Malopolski in the
JewishGen Family Finder database submitted by 54 Sokolow M.
researchers.

https://www.jewishgen.org/jgff/jgffform.php

You probably can produce your own town's Yizkor Book by translating
the entry >from the Hebrew Yad vaShem publication and combining it
with other available data for Sokolow M. >from Warsaw's "Polin" -
Jewish Museum

https://sztetl.org.pl/en/towns/s/159-sokolow-malopolski

and by extracting Jewish surnames >from the 1929 Poland Business
Directory

http://data.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/1929/loadtop.htm?0785
http://data.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/1929/loadtop.htm?0786

Best,

Alexander Sharon
JGFF editor


Renee Steinig
 

As Alexander Sharon wrote, Pinkas HaKehillot (Encyclopedia of the
Communities) is an excellent source of information about Sokolow
Malopolski and other towns for which no yizkor books were published.
Unfortunately, the two-page article on Sokolow M. has not yet been
translated >from Hebrew to English for JewishGen, but dozens of other
Galician town entries have been. Links to those entries are here:

Eastern Galicia
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_poland/pinkas_poland2.html

Western Galicia
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_poland/pinkas_poland3.html

Another possible source is the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History
Archive (http://vhaonline.usc.edu/login). A search there shows seven
survivors born in Sokolow Malopolski who recorded Holocaust
testimonies and 12 more who mentioned the town in their testimonies.
Len, if you're within reach of one of the libraries that access the videos
-- recorded over 20 years ago by Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation
-- you might want to go there and view some of them. Sites with
access to the videos are shown here:
http://sfi.usc.edu/locator/full_access_sites . Be sure to contact the
site before visiting, as they may need lead time to download the
video(s) of interest.

Renee

Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills (Long Island) NY
genmaven@gmail.com


Leonard Oppenheim <lenoppenheim@gmail.com> wrote:

<< .... There seems to be no Yizkor book for Sokolow Malopolski, and
the few records that I have been able to find concerning what
happened to the Jewish population there during the Holocaust years
are sparse. Does anyone know of any sort of Yizkor book or other
published or written materials such as diaries, letters, or other sources
of information that memorialize events in Sokolow Malopolski during
the Holocaust?... >>