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Bina Berkowicz sits on a porch with her daughter Basia.

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    Bina Berkowicz sits on a porch with her daughter Basia.
    Bina Berkowicz sits on a porch with her daughter Basia.


    Bina Berkowicz sits on a porch with her daughter Basia.
    Circa 1937 - 1938
    Druskieniki, [Grodno] Poland ?
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    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Barbara Berkowicz Soloway

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    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Barbara Berkowicz Soloway

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    Barbara Soloway (born Basia Berkowicz) is the daughter of Chaim Ber and Bina (Taca) Berkowicz. Basia was born December 2, 1930 in Sierpc, Poland, but grew up in Warsaw, where her father was joint owner (with his five brothers) of a fish-canning factory. The family belonged to the Jewish socialist Bund, and Basia attended the Kalecka Jewish school for girls. In the spring of 1939, Chaim, fearing a German invasion of Poland, obtained a merchant's visa to attend the New York World's Fair. He also got tourist visas for his wife and daughter. Since he was of military age, Chaim was required by law to purchase return tickets and leave his Warsaw apartment intact. On June 7, 1939 the Berkowicz' sailed for New York from the port of Gdynia on the SS Pilsudski, arriving on June 16. They did not return to Poland. Four of Chaim's brothers succeeded in leaving Poland by way of Lithuania, after securing Sugihara transit visas to Japan. From Japan they sailed to New Zealand, and in 1943, reached the United States. Bina's father and sisters perished in the Warsaw ghetto, and her brother was killed in Slonim.
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