KOLSKI / KOLSKA - LODZ - POLAND
A friend’s father aged 91 is stillsearching for his brother – can you help?
Herschel/Herz/Herman KOLSKI born in 1890 in Leczyca., married a Gitla JOSKOWICZ born approx. 1896/8 also in Leczyca, Poland.
The couple moved to Lodz – 19 Wolborska St. – where the large Synagogue stood – before their 4 children were born. Wolborska St. eventually came within the Ghetto walls.
Herschel owned a large hairdressing salon near to where they lived and he was also the President of the Jewish Hairdressing Guild in Lodz.
Their 4 children were Nadja, Abraham, Shmuel and Szymek. Nadja left for Palestine before WW2 and then went on to Australia.
Herschel, Gitla and the boys remained in Lodz. Gitla perished in Stutthof concentration camp, Herschel in the Ghetto, the 3 brothers miraculously all survived the ghetto and the subsequent death march, they were liberated by the Russians near Czechoslovakia.
The day after liberation Abraham decided that the 3siblings separate and look for food, arranging a time and meeting place to come together. Abraham and Shmuel duly arrived at the appointed place but Szymek never appeared. The brothers waited for a considerable amount of time until they realized that ‘something’ must have happened to Szymek
They searched for months but never found any clues as to the whereabouts of Szymek, (born approx 1918/22). Eventually Abraham and Shmuel moved on to Australia. For years the brothers continued their search but to no avail.
Shmuel passed away some 15 years ago but Abraham now aged 91 still carries the guilt of letting his younger brother leave his side during such a time of turmoil.
Perhaps Szymek survived and is at this moment still looking for Abraham – should anyone who knew the KOLSKI brothers either in the ghetto or thereafter and have any information on Szymek please contact me privately, be it with good or bad news, so that a 91 year old man can live out his days with such a great burden lifted from his shoulders.
I thank you all for your time.
Patricia Wilson (Israel)