Photo: Mr. and Mrs. Piotr Kazimierczyk
Ok, here is what happened.
Yesterday, I posted about the interconnectedness of the universe and how remarkable my journey has been as I work on Sam and Esther’s story. Well, hours after I posted, I got a Facebook message and an e-mail that even Einstein couldn’t have predicted.
The first was a Facebook message from a woman named Julieta Lande. Here is what it said:
Hi Karen, how are you? I’m from Argentina, and I’m doing a documentary about the story of my grandparents (survivors from Stoczek). I’m travelling there on January. I found your blog and saw that you where there and also doing a research project. My grandfather, Yoel, was one of the people in charge of gathering the testimonies for the Yizkor Book. For the documentary I’m doing the translation of some chapters of the book to spanish and I’m choosing some chapters that I think could have interesting information. One of those was the one signed by Samuel Goldberg about his experience in Treblinka, and I just found that you are related to the family, so I thought it was a good idea to contact you and know more about your experience on Stoczek and your project. Best, Julieta.
Ok, wait – I messaged her back asking if she will be in Poland on January 15th. I briefly explained the story, telling her that Shlomo will be there as the Stys family receives their honor from Yad Vashem. She responded – “yes, I am leaving Poland the 16th for Israel.” She would love to attend the Yad Vashem ceremony for the Stys family! Cool.
Not crazy enough for you – hold on – later the same day (yesterday), I received this e-mail from Terisa Schor:
Hi, I live in New York and I’m originally from New Jersey. My mother’s father was born in Bagatele and came to the States in 1913. We visited Bagatele and Wasewo for a few hours about 10 years ago after a 2-week guided tour of Poland.
Bagatele is so insanely small. When we visited, we also had the experience of people walking up leaving their homes to see who these weird out-of-towners were. We didn’t know anyone we met (despite them saying they were “cousins,” but an old woman gestured to where she said our family farm had been.
I had no idea Bagatele had a Jewish community.
This is a photo of her Uncle Piotr. According to the family story, he was somehow involved in the resistance during and after the war and was executed in some sort of communist turf war.
What did you think of Bagatele?
Well, Uncle Piotr’s (pictured above with his wife) last name was Kazimierczyk. On the back of this picture, it written: Bagatele 1922. I remembered that Mr. Zaleski (the oldest living person in Bagatele) told us the names of the families who lived there before the war. When my daughter, Esther and I visited him in April, Mr. Zaleski dictated a map of sorts showing where all the families lived. The Kazimierczyk home is three doors down from Sam’s house. Mr. Zaleski told us that for the years just before the war, Sam’s brother, Itche, and his wife, rented that home from the Kazimierczyk family.
How is it possible that the day I posted about the tapestry of the universe and how we are all interconnected, I received these two messages, one about Stozcek from Argentina and a second about Bagatele from New York?
I can hardly believe it. But it’s true.
Scottie – beam me up!