Monday, September 17, 2007

Tomek Wisniewski

Gal from Israel wanted me to be sure and credit Tomek Wisniewski for locating the old map of Przemysl, published in a prior post. But there is much more to Tomek than just one map...

Tomek Wisniewski is a journalist, historian and writer. He is the author of three books (ie: "Jewish Bialystok and surroundings") and has written over one hundred articles (ie: "A Lost World… for sale") about Jewish culture, history, and social life, especially in the Bialystok region. He publishes articles regularly in Polish Jewish magazine "Jidishe Wort".

Born in 1958, he graduated from Warsaw University in 1984 and spent nine months in prison during war time in Poland. He has amassed a fabulous collection of old photographs and postal cards, using them to illuminate holocaust education projects and exhibitions like this one at the University of Southern California and this one at Szukamy Polski.

Tomasz has recently left the journalism business and is now devoting his full time to his real loves: tour guiding, photography and other genealogy-related pursuits. Contact him directly for more particulars about his various services. Tomy, as he is known to his genealogy friends, concentrates primarily in the Bialystok/Lomza/Suwalki area, but can easily assist people in any part of Poland and is willing to discuss his abilities to take extended trips to Lithuania and Belarus.

He can be reached via e-mail at: bagnowka (at) yahoo.pl (replace (at) by @ - to avoid spam)

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