Photo title: Ester
Family surnames: KREPLAK, FREJER, WAPNIARZ, BRANDENBURG
Place of residence: Stawiski, Poland
Date of photograph: prob 1930s
Ester Malka Frejer Kreplak(bef 1880-1942?), pictured left,
was a widow before she married Shlomo Kreplak (d. 1906), and
her daughter Rifka was from her first marriage. She lived on
a farm in the outskirts of Stawiski selling grains for
planting and for bread. Sholmo was a woodskeeper, which was
rare for a Jewish person, as it was a political and
well-paid position. The job came with a house in the woods.
The position gave the family the status of "elite," so they
were under protection of the "nobility." It permitted the
girls to go to school, which was rare for Jewish girls in
those days. They spoke both Polish and Yiddish.
During World War I, Ester kept a cow in the living room to
keep the German's from finding it and eating it. The cow was
used to provide fresh milk for the children.
||Photo title: The Kreplak family
Places of residence: Stawiski, Poland; Argentina
Date of photograph: bef 1922
Enie Kreplak Wapniarz (1905-1979) is in the white dress. Her
sister Chaja (Ida) (1902-1988) is standing next to her.
Seated, left to right: her sister Rifka Brandenburg (bef
1900-1942?), Rifka's two children Leon (1919-1996), and
Shejna Leja (cir 1918-1942?), and her husband Shlomo
Enie immigrated to Argentina in the 1932s, and Chaja came to
the United States in September 1922. Leon was the only
Brandenburg to escape in 1937, and stayed with his two aunts
in Argentina. Enie and her sister Sara, both living at the
time in Argentina, provided fares for all the Brandenburgs
and their mother Ester Malka Kreplak, so that they could
come to Argentina. Ester Malka wouldn't leave Poland as the
trip would take one month and she wouldn't be able to get
Kosher food on the ship. Rifka would not leave her mother.
Ester Malka, Rifka, Shlomo and their children all perished
in the Holocaust.
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