Their Legacies Remain...
Photograph Collection of the Jews of Trzebinia
In the 1950s, Yissachar Mandelbaum, a survivor from Trzebinia, emigrated to Israel. He brought with him 350 photographs of Jews from the town. The pictures were taken in 1940 by Jan Rysz, a local Polish photographer, in order to prepare identity cards for the Jews. Only some of the photos taken by Rysz and another photographer remained.
The vast majority of those photographed were murdered. This collection is a mute testimony to the complete persecution of the Jewish community, its teachers and students, its traders and slave laborers, its men, women and children.
With the help of immigrants and survivors from Trzebinia, most of those pictured have been identified.
Elimelech Gross, a committee member of the Trzebinia Immigrants Association in Israel, later donated the collection to Yad Vashem. Some of the photos from this collection can be seen below. Additional photos are accessible in our Online Photo Archive.