Tuesday, April 01, 2008

In 1939 / 40 school year the same books will be in use as in the previous school year

Lukasz has unearthed another gem from the Przemysl archives: a pamphlet containing the names of the town's Jewish students circa 1938/9.

It shows who the teachers and administrators were:

It also lists students by classroom. While I can not be sure, perhaps the Berta Metzger listed here is my cousin - our family has only a single photo of Izac Metzger's family of six. Four unknown children and his wife Laia did not survive the holocaust.

With the awful knowledge of what happened to the Jews of Przemysl in September of 1939, and understanding the likely fate of each and every child on this list, these painfully casual words found in the brochure take on an entirely new and chilling meaning.

"In 1939 / 40 school year the same books will be in use as in the previous school year."

How unbearably heartbreaking.

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Blogger Yohanna said...

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12:50 PM  
Blogger Fred Popper said...

I think I miraculpusly found a cousin's name in the list of Przemysl's students (Emanuel Erich Korkus).

Can I get more info and also see if another cousin is also in the school.

Thank you,
Fred Popper

10:37 PM  
Blogger David said...

Fred - Email me at david@semmel.com

8:27 AM  

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