Stories from our Ancestral Homes




There are so many stories of our families, both of their struggles and their triumphs, who lived in Europe before the second World War. Many have been told by those who were characters in these stories, who were inhabitants of the many Jewish shtetls, towns and cities of pre-war Europe. We are extremely fortunate to have these stories preserved for posterity in the sacred pages of the many Yizkor books that were created after the war. Other stories are accounts of events that were told to us second-hand, perhaps from a parent or grandparent to a child. Here are a few of those stories, each representing in some small way the Jewish culture and life experiences during those difficult and often tragic times. The Museum welcomes other such stories and can be contacted about such matters at

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Bialystok, Poland
Czyzew, Poland
Czyzew, Poland
Grodno, Belarus
Jedwabne, Poland
Krakow, Poland
Lapy, Poland
Nemešany, Slovakia
Plissy, Belarus
Vishki, Latvia
Warszawa, Poland


"My Life"
"Bright and Dark Days"
"Recollections from the Shtetl"
"Chaim Lazar Friedman ha-Kohane"
"Stories of their Father..."

"Life in the Krakow Ghetto"
"Our Family"
"Memoirs of Yardena"
"The Pliskin Family"
"Adventure and Tribulation of a One Day Substitute Letter Carrier"
"My Autobiography"


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