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World Jewish Communities
Remembering the Towns Where Our Ancestors Once Lived
Photographs courtesy of the Jewish Forward newspaper.


"Dear home, my heart leads me only to you,
Only you always taste sweet to me,
Beloved home, I long to gaze at you.
You are special to me, I never forget you,
Your clean and shining streets
Where I used to walk with my friend,
Yes, that's the way it was,
How good it was in my home ..."

--excerpt from the song "Yas," words and music by M. Kletter

Bialystok, Poland
(date is of the Forward issue in which the photo appears;
Photos of the young women are from "Portrait Studies of Jewish Women,"
which were photos that were submitted to the Forward.)

Hannah Goniondzki
June 19, 1927



Molly Kagan
March 21, 1926


Rena Gering
November 22, 1925

Esther Wygodska
August 9, 1925


Dora Udofsky
June 6, 1926


Ethel Rosenberg
May 2, 1926

Rivka (Rebecca) Sheffler
Eliezer's wife
November 30, 1924



Eliezer Sheffler
92 years old
November 30, 1924



Reb Hertz Pines
The Old Shokhet of Bialystok
October 7, 1923


Jonah the tanner biding a final farewell to his intended bride. He was shot during the pogrom in Bialystok of 1906.
He died five minutes after this photo was taken.
August 17, 1924


A Jew and Gentile in Bialystok
October 26, 1924


"A Bialystok Mother and her baby girl"
April 17, 1927


Two Bialystok Male Residents:
Bialystok balebatim getting fresh air.
October 26, 1924


"A Jewish Street Paver of Bialystok":
A new Jewish livelihood in Bialystok:
paving the streets -- once only Christians
did this business on the streets ...
December 14, 1924


"A Group of Socialists of Bialystok":
political prisoners, who were released on October 18, 1905,
by the amnesty proclamation of Czar Nicholas II.
March 15, 1925


Bialystok Feed Market;
Here during the Revolution, a bloody struggle took place between Revolutionaries and the Tsarist forces.
October 26, 1924



"The Birthplace of the Inventor
of an International Language";
The house in Bialystok, Poland,
where Dr. Ludwig Zamenhof,
inventor of Esperanto, was born in 1859.

May 29, 1927



Surazh Street
Once the headquarters of the Russian Revolution,
now the center of labor organization.
October 26, 1924


Jewish and Gentile textile workers engaged in conversation on the brick landing of their factory after work,
March 1, 1925


Jewish children of Bialystok being taught machine work in a trade school, which is supported by American landslayt.


Odd corner in Bialystok.
October 26, 1924

The four-year-old in his mother's arms was brutally beaten by anti-Semitic rioters during the 1906 pogrom in Bialystok.
August 27, 1924


A young Jew who was branded a thief in three languages by a doctor, because he was caught taken an apple from his garden. 
This was in Bialystok in 1906.
April 5, 1925



Textile workers, after work:
Weavers of Trilling's factory
October 26, 1924







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