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Bialystok
POLAND

THE SHOE WORKSHOP OF YITZHAK BARAN
Bialystok, Poland
cir 1939-40

Every resource is important that may lead a family researcher to learn more about their own family who once might have lived in some town or city in pre-war Europe.

One such resource are old images, whether they are old vintage photographs or even films. The above photograph illustrates three such possibilities:

First is the delicatessen or butcher shop of M. Hodorowsky, also known as M. Chodorowski, the sign displaying the name of the proprietor in two different languages.

On the far right is a beer and wine store; note the Hebrew translation of the larger letters at the bottom of the sign. This is not to say that the store owner was Jewish, though this is quite possible. The store to the left of this store is the shoe workshop of Yitzhak Baran (c. 1920-c. 1943). I recently was contacted by a Baran family member who was very interested in seeing a similar image containing the Baran shop photo used within one of the films of Bialystok filmmaker Tomek Wisniewski, thus illustrating the point that one needs to explore all possibilities when doing family or genealogical research.




 


 

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