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Chapter XII

Pictorial Chapter of Zabrze

 

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Survivors of the Zabrze children's home in at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem

 

The Jewish compound in Zabrze survived the war relatively intact. The compound consisted of an old age home, school house and offices.

 

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The old age home in Zabrze

 

The Polish Jewish Association of religious communities headed by Rabbi Kahane received the building that was converted to an orphanage. The upper floor became the old age home.

 

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Children and staff at the entrance of the Zabrze orphanage

 

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Zabrze home for the kibbutzim that remained for short periods of time and then left Poland for Palestine. The building also had a synagogue for the Jews of Zabrze

 

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Zabrze elementary Polish school that older children from the home had to attend in accordance with the Polish educational laws. The Zabrze home accepted Jewish toddlers as well as adolescent youngsters.

 

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Zabrze children visiting the city with their teacher

 

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Dr. Nechema Geller, head mistress of the Zabrze orphanage seated with small children at the Zabrze home

 

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From left to right: Michal Heffer, formerly Hinda Zorkowska; Nina and Tziporah – former residents at Zabrze.

 

Yeshayahu Drucker spent a great deal of time in Zabrze and took many pictures of the children and the home. He assembled them into an album when he came to Israel. The album of pictures was donated to the Museum of the Lochamei Hagataot.

 

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Klara Frauenglass at Zabrze

 

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Page from the Drucker album at Zabrze

 

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A page of Drucker's album showing children and their activities

 

Celebrations of Jewish holidays and festivals at Zabrze

 

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Students and staff attend celebration of Hertzl Day at Zabzre

 

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Children outside Zabrze Orphanage

 

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Rabbi Kahane and Rabbi Becker visit the Zabrze home

 

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Rabbi A. Becker, Dr. Nechema Geller and Rabbi Drucker at Zabrze

 

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Zabrze staff

 

Zabrze home receives special honors from the Polish government. The home was invited to send a delegation to the memorial parade of the Jewish revolt in the ghetto of Warsaw in 1943.

 

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The Zabrze contingent ready to enter the memorial procession in Warsaw

 

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Zabrze delegation reviews the procession of the children

 

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Zabrze children leaving Poland for France

 

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