July 22, 2007

What happened to the Jews that Returned to Radziejow?

Joyce Wanger, in A Promise Kept, To Bear Witness, describes what happened to her and her fellow Jews when they returned to Radziejow. When she returned to Radziejow she met ten other survivors and they all stayed together in “a Jewish family’s big house. None of the people who owned the home survived.” p. 107 “We were not welcome in our home town either. Some of the Jewish people of Radziejow were well-off and lived in well built houses with nice furniture. Those who came back to reclaim their properties were not welcomed because those houses were now occupied by Polish people. They thought that now everything belonged to them.” p.108 “All the houses where Jewish people lived were now occupied by Polish people.” p.109.
“We did not stay too long in Radzijow because the Polish underground, antisemitic groups, tried to kill us survivors. There was a small town nearby called Osieczyny, where a father and son who survived the war were killed.”p.108
When my father, Binem Neuman, returned to Radziejow the local court ruled that he was the just and proper owner of the property located at 7 Rynek. This very order is posted on this website. However, my father could not reclaim his building because to do so would mean his death by the hands of the local antisemites. He never abandoned the property, instead he kept the court order as one of his dearest possessions. He believed that one day he would again be allowed to return and reclaim his family’s property. Unfortunately, the people of Poland have yet to come to terms with their embarassing history. So my father passed on this responsibility of reclaiming the property to his children.
The Neuman family will not rest until his property is returned. The citizens of Radziejow must correct this unjustice. Justice demands action!

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