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Jane Ponczek photographs

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    The Jane Ponczek photographs document her family before World War II in Poland. Photographs and copy prints include a wedding portrait of Holocaust victims Munisch Labiner and Sara Shajter Labiner in 1934 in Skała-Podolska, Poland; a photograph of the Shajter family in Skała-Podolska (Sara Labiner at the top left and Beila Shajter in the doorway); and a photograph of Chaim Weizmann with Holocaust survivor Jane Ponczek and other orphans in Wrocław, Poland after the war (Jane has her hand on Weizmann’s right shoulder).
    inclusive:  circa 1934-1946
    Collection Creator
    Jane Ponczek
    Jane Ponczek was born Janka Labiner in Czortków, Poland (now Chortkiv, Ukraine) around 1936 to Munisch Labiner and Sara Shajter Labiner. Her older sister died in infancy and her brother Alex was two years younger. She was visiting her maternal grandmother, Beila Shajter, in Skała-Podolska (now Skala-Podilska, Ukraine) when her family was arrested in Czortków in 1941 or 1942 under the German occupation. When Skała was raided the next day, she and Beila hid on the roof. Jane’s father was released, arranged for a Ukrainian family to look after Jane, and then disappeared. He is presumed to have been murdered in the Holocaust along with Jane’s mother, brother, and grandparents. Jane was located after World War II by an uncle who gave her false identification papers claiming she was his daughter and was born December 10, 1936. Her real birthdate is unknown. Jane and her uncle moved to Argentina in 1946, and Jane later immigrated to the United States.

    Physical Details

    Polish English
    1 folder
    System of Arrangement
    The Jane Ponczek photographs are arranged as a single series.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
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    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

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    Administrative Notes

    Jane Ponczek donated the Jane Ponczek photographs to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2004.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2023-02-24 13:58:22
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