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Sniadowo
POLAND




 


SURA GNIAZDOWICZ AND HER FAMILY
cir 1930s


Sura and her family decided to stay in Poland rather than emigrate to the United States like her brother Chona Jankiel had done, and she, along with the rest of her family, presumably perished in the Shoah. She had seven children, six pictured here. Mention has been made of the family living in the shtetl of Pisk, though Sura was born in the small shtetl of Gniazdowo, just a short distance from the town of Sniadowo.

When a Gniazdowicz cousin, Chone Laibl Pecynowicz (later Leon Pakin), was preparing for his own emigration in late 1938, he asked Sura if she would like him to take one of her children with him when he emigrated from Poland. She held out her hands and asked, "Which one of my fingers should I cut off?" So she did not allow any of her children to go with him. She said that she felt safe where she was and did not fear the pogroms because they were happening far away, in the bigger cities.

Years later, in 1963, this cousin, who had immigrated to Australia, decided to take his wife on a worldwide trip. He found Sura's brother Chone Jankiel in Brooklyn, New York, whom he hadn't seen in nearly fifty years back in the Sniadowo area. The meeting lasted the entire day, and was an emotional one for all.




also see the Pecynowicz family page

 



 


 

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