Children on their winter holidays

Found in a newspaper from 1938. The picture shows children from towns where nationalists carried out an anti-Jewish boycott. The children spent the winter holidays in Otwock. The towns where the children come from are listed below the photo.


Old document

Dear friends, today in my archive I came across this document. Unfortunately, I don't remember who gave it to me. Does any of you know where it comes from? I will be grateful for your help!

In the archive

A remarkable “paper monument,” the only one of its kind, is available on the internet. Almost all the historical collections held by the Arolsen Archives are now online. People from all over the world can use the online archive to access 26 million documents containing information on 21 million names* of victims of Nazi persecution. The Arolsen Archives have recently expanded the collections on the internet to include documents on forced laborers and on deportations to concentration camps. This means that the majority of the documents in the world’s most comprehensive archive on Nazi persecution are now accessible online.

*A name does not equate to a person: Some of the names of victims of Nazi persecution are found with different spellings on different documents and this led to them being counted more than once.


Article about Aaron Elster

"Aaron, tell us what your parents did before the war," Stahl asked Elster.

"They owned and operated a butcher shop," Elster said.

It wasn't the content of the interview that was so unusual.

"Where did you live?" Stahl asked.

"I was born in a small town in Poland called Sokolów Podlaski," Elster said.

It's the fact that this interview was with a man who was no longer alive. Aaron Elster died two years ago.

"What's the weather like today?" Stahl asked.

"I'm actually a recording," Elster said. "I cannot answer that question."



Archival poster

It is an archival poster saying that Mr Szafran from Warsaw will give two lectures in Sokołów: on Sunday - June 1, and Monday - June 2 - (which means that it was in 1919, 1924 or 1930). The lectures concerned women, nation and culture.


Book about the Polish police during World War II

In the latest book of Prof. Jan Grabowski about the Polish police during World War II, there is also information about Sokołów, Węgrów and Siedlce. The author quotes many archival records and the book by Simcha Poliakewicz translated by us.

Grabowski's book will be published in Polish in March and in English probably next year. We encourage you to read it!



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!