The Last Jew of Chmielnik

This reblog is the amazing and touching journey to discover family roots from a cousin of BE member Jason Etzkin.

Summer of the Great Apes

Chmielnik Poland. I’d say it’s as ‘middle of nowhere’ as it gets…but actually Sladkow Maly deserves the crown of that title. Sladkow, where my paternal grandmother was born, lies about 2 km south of Chmielnik, which is about 30 km south of Kielce, which is itself only about 115 km outside of Krakow. Like I said—middle of NOWHERE.

Welcome to sunny Sladkow Maly! Welcome to sunny Sladkow Maly!

And this is where my father and I headed to learn about my Bubbie and hopefully obtain copies of her birth certificate from the regional office in Chmielnik.

Sladkow Maly itself was almost farcical. It’s on the map. You can see it on Google Earth. It’s about three blocks long, a bunch of nice rural houses and nothing more. But once, once my grandmother and her family ran a mill there that served both the Jewish and Gentile communities.

That's all, folks That’s all, folks

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Before WWII, Chmielnik was…

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About Gabriele Lange

Multi Media Consultant in SF Bay Area WebDesign at City College 2008-2011 Professional Photographer since 1998 Lived in Berlin, Germany between 1987-1994
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