A fragment of a tombstone

It is a fragment of a tombstone-matzeva found today in Sokołów. During and after the war, matzevot were used to build sidewalks and roads. I believe you can still find them in some places. If you know about such matzevot in Sokołów Podlaski, please contact us! Thank you!

Thank you Ms. Monika for giving it to us!


Book translation project

Dear Friends,

I would like to let you know about the project of translating a book from Yiddish into Polish. Thanks to it, the residents of Sokołów will be able to fully learn - previously unknown - the history of the Jewish community in Sokołów. We will post the entire translation for free on the Internet so that everyone can read it.

Any person who will non-anonymously support this project https://pomagam.pl/en/sokolowpodlaski - will find her/his name at http://sokolow.jewish.pl/


Potrzebne wsparcie na tłumaczenie kolejnej książki z jidysz!

Do tej pory przetłumaczyliśmy trzy książki z jidysz na polski. Były to: "Sokołów - moje zniszczone miasteczko" Pereca Granatsztejna, "W cieniu Treblinki" oraz "Dzień w Treblince" Simchy Poliakewicza. Wszystkie znajdują się za darmo na stronie sokolow.jewish.pl.

Historia Żydów z Sokołowa Podlaskiego została opisana w jeszcze jednej książce. To 750-stronicowa Księga Pamięci. Potrzebujemy pomocy, by zrealizować ten ważny projekt. Tłumaczenie tej książki również zamieścimy w Internecie. Zachęcamy Państwo do wpłat na stronie https://pomagam.pl/sokolowpodlaski


Upamiętnienie ofiar likwidacji getta

22 września 1942 r. Niemcy rozpoczęli likwidację getta w Sokołowie Podlaskim. Ponad połowa mieszkańców miasta - Żydzi, którzy przez pokolenia przyczyniali się do rozwoju Sokołowa - została wywieziona do Treblinki. Upamiętniliśmy tę tragiczną rocznicę, odczytując fragment książki Simchy Poliakewicza "Dzień w Treblince". Fragment swojego opowiadania "Droga do Treblinki", inspirowanego prawdziwymi wydarzeniami, przeczytała nauczycielka SP1, Wiesława Kwiek. Psalm 23 odczytał nauczyciel SP3, Jacek Odziemczyk.


Ceremony in Sokolow

I invite you on Sunday, September 22, at 3pm for the ceremony commemorating the Sokołów Jews who were killed during the war.


"One day at Treblinka"

The Gszarim Foundation has translated from Yiddish into Polish and published another Book of Remembrance. "One day at Treblinka" by Simche Poliakewicz is the third book on the history of the Jewish community of Sokołów Podlaski, translated by our organization with the support of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland and private donors.

Two years ago, we prepared a translation of Perec Granatsztejn's book "Sokołów - my destroyed town", presenting memories of a bustling town in the interwar period.

Last year - "In the Shadow of Treblinka" by Simcha Poliakewicz - a book describing the time of the German occupation.

The author of "One day at Treblinka" was born in Sterdyń. During the war he was in Sokołów, from where he was sent to the Treblinka camp. He managed to escape from there and - thanks to the help of one of the local families - produced false documents with which he went to Warsaw. In his memoirs published in 1948, he describes the war reality of a small town located in the vicinity of a deadly camp machine. He speaks directly about the dangers that were lurking for Jews not only by Germans but also by Poles. He portrays both peasants who searched the property left by Jews and the family who took him under their roof. It highlights the diversity of attitudes, which only makes his testimony more authentic.

The author of the translation is Dr. Agata Reibach. The texts of all books are available at www.sokolow.jewish.pl and can be used by the town's residents, who until now, due to the language barrier, could not get to know this part of our common history.


Translation of the Memorial Book from Yiddish

We seek your support to fund the ongoing project of translating from Yiddish into Polish a 750-page Memorial Book (Yizkor book) of Sokołów Podlaski, originally published in 1962 in Tel Aviv.

You can support this project here https://pomagam.pl/en/sokolowpodlaski

Memorial Book of Sokołów Podlaski, edited by M. Gelbart

Editorial board of the Memorial Book of Sokołów Podlaski

Map of the town of Sokołów Podlaski

For several years, the Gszarim Foundation has been translating from Yiddish into Polish books related to the history of the Jewish community of Sokołów Podlaski. So far, three books have been translated: "Sokołów - my destroyed town" by Perec Granatsztejn, "In the shadow of Treblinka" and "One day at Treblinka" by Simcha Poliakewicz. These  are  important testimonies of  Jewish fate before and during the war. It is thanks to them that today Polish readers  can learn for the first time this fascinating part of our history, so far largely unexplored and forgotten.

All books can be found at https://sokolow.jewish.pl/. They are available at no cost to anyone who wants to read them.

Dr. Agata Reibach is the author of all translations

“With each translated book, we are able to learn more about the history of our little homelands which are so important to us. The places where we grew up have now a completely different national and ethnic composition. We see, however, that these communities  turn out to be the center of the world not only for its present inhabitants, but also for the Jewish community which lived  there for centuries. Only by discovering this history, which should become a permanent element of school education, can we bring about an open and tolerant   society,” says Dr. Agata Reibach.

The Foundation is currently starting a project which will see  the 750-page Memorial Book of Sokolow Podlaski translated into Polish.  The  chapters of Sokolow Memorial Book were written by many different authors And the project will take several years. The whole cost of it is 45,000 PLN. The foundation will apply for funding, but initially funds are needed for so-called own contribution. Hence the idea of conducting an online fundraising.

“This project is the fulfillment of my many years of my dreams. I wanted Sokołów to learn its history through the accounts of direct participants of the Jewish fate of this town. After all, Jewish citizens formed more than half of the pre-war inhabitants of the city, and today there are almost no traces of their life left. Our publications seek to  restore the Jewish presence on the pages of local history, strengthen the awareness of the inhabitants and show that we still have to learn a lot about the past,” says Katarzyna Markusz, president of the board of the Gszarim Foundation.

“Jewish memorial books - several of which have already been published in Polish - are extraordinary documents that allow us to look at the history of Poland, the history of our cities and towns, and the history of relations between Jews and Poles from the perspective which to the Polish reader is today practically unknown. As time passes, due to the passing away of the generation of witnesses to the Holocaust, such testimonies are particularly valuable and irreplaceable,” says prof. Jan Grabowski, chairman of the Gszarim Foundation Council.

You can support this project here https://pomagam.pl/en/sokolowpodlaski