Painting a Picture
Remembering the Lost Jewish Community of Zambrów, Poland

Zambrów is a member of the Museum's World Jewish Communities
Material courtesy of the United Zembrower Society

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There are so many Jewish communities that disappeared from the face of this earth as a result of the devastation reeked upon it by the Holocaust, by the war, by the Nazi regime and all who collaborated in this devastation. From the small shtetl to the medium-sized town to the big city, Jews often made up a great percentage of the population. Post-Holocaust, there are only a small number of Jewish communities that still exist and are slowly growing, though still a very small percentage of the overall population. Zambrów, Poland, however, is not one of them. The town itself was wiped out during the war; and many of its Jewish citizens killed. The Zambrów we once knew, that Jewish communal life that once flourished, is no more.

From the Zembrover Yizkor book (abridged English version), here is a section from an article entitled "A Firebrand Plucked Out of the Conflagration":

"About a month after the outbreak of the war against Poland, the Germans invaded Zambrów. Violent air raids were raging prior to this invasion, as a result of which more than half of the Zambrów houses were destroyed and burned, especially the Jewish houses suffered much from German air raids.

The Nazis stayed in Zambrów for ten days only. In conformity with the German-Soviet agreement, the Nazis left that territory soon and the Russians entered there...

The real immolation and tragic holocaust started in July 1941, when the Germans invaded Zambrów again (after the outbreak of the Nazi-Soviet war in 1941). The Nazis started confiscating all Jewish property, kidnapping people for compulsory labor and perpetrating nefarious acts..."

Within this exhibition entitled "Painting a Picture: Remembering the Lost Jewish Community of Zambrów, Poland," the Museum will attempt to present a picture of the Jewish life that once existed in Zambrów, both the good and the bad of it.

The pages of this exhibition make up part of a Museum of Family History "tour." One can follow a "guided tour" around this virtual museum to different rooms that contain material relevant to this exhibition. You can follow the tour, station by station, room by room, by using a special floor map that will created just for this exhibition. In the meantime, you can use the "station guide" on the following web page to select a title to your liking. From any web page (except the last), you can also travel from "station-to-station" by clicking on the "next ►►"  links at the bottom of each exhibition page. Along the way, there will also be a small audio and video component of this tour too. It is a worthy experiment within the realm of virtual museums, i.e. to paint a picture of a former Jewish community and guide someone on a journey that they may follow as they wish, replete with both audio and video aspects. You'll need to use your imagination, of course, but that's a "given" when visiting a virtual museum that exists only on the Internet.

The order of presentation of material will change over time, so be sure to check the "station guide" for any alterations and additions.

I hope that when you read each page in this exhibition you will use your imagination, i.e. you will try to visualize was Zambrów was like when it a once vibrant Jewish community. Learn about the town's many characters, its history, and the precious way of life of its Jewish residents.

Steven Lasky

Founder and Director
Museum of Family History

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