Zawiercie Photo Album

Berman Family


Zawiercie Web Site

December 1, 2014

The Zawiercie web site was redesigned. The new version includes all the material that was presented in the older version with additional pages.

The current history page includes new essays and references about the history of Kromolow and Zawiercie in general and in particular the history of the Jewish community.

The web site is work in progress and we will be happy to receive photographs, stories and data of the Jewish life in Kromolow and Zawiercie.


Zawiercie Jewish Cemetery

Restoration Project

Dec 26, 2014

Dear friends,

I finally organized all the pictures I could  find and I created a site on my Facebook page titled “Zawiercie Jewish Cemetery Restoration Project.” 

 As regards the cemetery, Marcin Bergier was very busy this year clearing the vegetation and smaller trees as well as the area at the entrance behind the two buildings either side of the gate. He also contacted the city to empty the garbage can behind the carriage house.   I have also sent him a chainsaw, which he plans on using next year to  take down some of the smaller trees...  One of the most difficult issue we are dealing with are the two buildings on either side of the entrance gate.  The one on the left is the carriage house and the one on the right is where the caretaker lived and the bodies were prepared for burial.  These two buildings have serious structural damage...  If we don’t get some serious money,  the two buildings will likely have to be torn down.  If anyone has any idea about a charitable organization we can contact to get a grant, please let me know.

Please forward this note to anyone I may have missed. 

Thank you,

Joe Greenbaum



December 2, 2014

On Tuesday April 9, 2013 Joe Greenbaum send email to a group of people that have an interest in the town of Zawiercie:

"Dear Friends and Family, I would like to inform you that the city of Zawiercie is planning to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the liquidation of the Zawiercie ghetto on Thursday, August 29, 2013. Attached, you will find the invitation and a preliminary program schedule. "

The event took place on August 29, 2013 and Heidi Urich shared with me her experience:

"I attended the Zawiercie commemoration and found it to be a very worthwhile experience. I was particularly moved by the procession from the marketplace at the edge of the ghetto to the train station. In addition to town officials, there appeared to be a great many town residents who joined us as we walked about a mile on the route our family members were forced to take as they were being deported to Auschwitz. A large plaque commemorating the Jewish community was unveiled at the train station opposite the tracks in a solemn ceremony. This was followed by another ceremony at the Jewish cemetery. "

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Zawiercie Photo Album - Berman Family

The Berman Family From Zawiercie by Maurie Negrin:

The girl with the white lace collar is my grandmother Marjem Hinda Berman.

Fannie is her older sister, who she came to America with.

The pictures of Marjem and Fannie were taken around 1920 when they left Poland for America.




Berman - The picture of the father of Maurie's grandmother father.

Mrs Berman

Mrs. Berman, she is the mother of Maurie's grandmother.


Grandmother of Mauri, Marjem Hinda Berman.

Maurie tells us: Her passport says her name was Marjem Hinda Berman,

and it says that her birthday was in 1900,

but I think I remember her saying she had to make herself older in order to travel.

I think she said she was 13 when she came here, so she was probably born in 1907. 

She married Sol Needleman (later changed to Neelman) in Chicago, Illinois, USA, \

and they had two children, Gerald and Evelyn Aileen. I am Evelyn's daughter.


Funny Berman - The older sister og Maurie's grandmother.

Maurie's story: This picture, was my grandmother's older sister, Fannie, who she came to America with in 1920.

Her passport says her full name was she was Fajgla Ruda Berman.

It says that she was born in 1900,

but I think I remember my grandmother saying that Fannie was 16 when they came to America,

so she may have really been born in 1904.

She married Louis Wolf in Chicago, Illinois, USA, and they had two children, Jerome and Carol.

Fannie died in Chicago, Illinois, USA, around 1960