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Family portrait taken on the occasion of the wedding of Netl Moncznik, the cousin of Berl Moncznik.

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    Family portrait taken on the occasion of the wedding of Netl Moncznik, the cousin of Berl Moncznik.
    Family portrait  taken on the occasion of the wedding of Netl Moncznik, the cousin of Berl Moncznik.  

This was the last Jewish wedding in Niwka before the outbreak of the second World War.  Pictured in the front row from left to right are: Heniek Polturok (cousin); Jadzia Moncznik; Szlamek Moncznik and two unidentified children.  Sitting in the middle row are: Leon Moncznik (cousin); Dorka Moncznik; Jehudit Moncznik (grandmother) and Berl Moncznik.  Among those standing in the back row are Lea Moncznik (left) and the bride, Netl Moncznik.

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    Family portrait taken on the occasion of the wedding of Netl Moncznik, the cousin of Berl Moncznik.

    This was the last Jewish wedding in Niwka before the outbreak of the second World War. Pictured in the front row from left to right are: Heniek Polturok (cousin); Jadzia Moncznik; Szlamek Moncznik and two unidentified children. Sitting in the middle row are: Leon Moncznik (cousin); Dorka Moncznik; Jehudit Moncznik (grandmother) and Berl Moncznik. Among those standing in the back row are Lea Moncznik (left) and the bride, Netl Moncznik.
    Date
    August 1939
    Locale
    Niwka, [Katowice; Sosnowiec] Poland
    Variant Locale
    Niwka-Modrzejow
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Bernard and Fajgl Moncznik

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    Photo Source
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Bernard and Fajgl Moncznik
    Source Record ID: Collections: 2006.192

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    Biography
    Bernard Moncznik (born Berl Moncznik) is the son of Akiva and Lea Moncznik. He was born August 28, 1916 in Niwka, Poland, near Sosnowiec, where his father earned a living as a coal miner. Berl had five siblings: Izak, Motek (who died in childhood), Szlamek, Dorka and Jadzia. In the late 1930s Berl was employed as a typesetter in a Jewish-owned print shop in Krynica. Soon after the German occupation of Poland, Berl's father was shot to death by German troops. Subsequently, Berl was deported to the Klein Mangersdorf labor camp in Upper Silesia, where he spent the next two years building roads for the German army. In February 1942 he was transferred to a second camp and then, a few months later, to the St. Annaberg labor camp, also in Upper Silesia. Finally, he was sent to the Reichenbach (Dzierzoniow) Sportschule, where he was liberated by the Soviets on May 8, 1945. Berl's parents, his brother Szlamek, and his sister Jadzia, were deported to Auschwitz in 1942, where they were killed immediately. His other sister, Dorka, survived in the Peterswaldau labor camp. Following liberation Berl lived in Breslau and then Munich, where he married Fajgl Fiszel, a survivor from Bedzin, who he met in the Weiden displaced persons camp. In December 1948 the couple left Europe for Israel, where they lived until immigrating to the United States in 1957.
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