Sunday, October 31, 2010

Rebuilding Jewish Przemysl?

Blog-friend Philip alerted me to this fascinating project. It's worth clicking through - even if, like me, you can't read Polish. There are many interesting photos and diagrams.
Recently an engineering student unveiled plans to rebuild from scratch the entire Jewish quarter of Przemysl, including (rather excitingly) the old synagogue. There are some computer generated images and details here:

I do hope this project is realised as it'd be wonderful to regain so much of the city's history.

Here is one of many computer-generated views of the reconstructed Jewish quarter. The dark brick structure is the Tempel.

This is the Alte Synagogue to the right (I think!) with a glass wall added.  Artistic license for the rebuilders?

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

A new novel: 11th of Av

I've written and published a novel about the Jewish experience in Przemysl during World War I.   


From the back cover:
The 11th of Av is a story of love, death and dreams set in the often-besieged Galician town of Przemysl, a fortress on the frontier of the socially dynamic, multicultural border of pre-World War I Austria-Hungary. It is the story of a tough, passionate, and optimistic generation - the ultimate flowering of eight centuries of Jewish life in the East - who believed, despite overwhelming odds, they could build a better world. But it is also the story of the beginning of the end of Eastern Jewry, as the brutal conflict sets in motion their heartbreaking transition from subjects of The Empire to a fractured, stateless people struggling to carve out new lives in an unfamiliar and increasingly dangerous world.
100% of the net proceeds from the sale of this novel will be donated to charities involved in the restoration and upkeep of Jewish sites in Przemyƛl.

(I apologize for the shameless self-promotion!)

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Family Segal of Przemysl

Via email come Family Segal of Przemysl...

In memory of my great-grandparents who lived in Przemysl, I would appreciate if you post these photos in your blog.

Chaim Segal (son of Mechel) and Hinda (daughter of Naftali and Drezla Zins) had 9 sons and 5 daughters. Six of their children left Przemysl before WW2 and lost contact with those who stayed.

Thank You

Nili Goldman

 Chaim and Hinda

 Pinkas and Genya Segal (my grand parents) with 2 children before leaving Przemysl to Portugal.(1925)

 Chaim and Hinda in front of their home with family (1939)

(If Hinda was also known as Mina, then I believe that the home was at Dworskiego 6 which is listed as owned by Mina Zins (Zinsowa)-- David)

The 5 Segal Girls (born between 1887 and 1908)

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