Recounting stories


This page is a collection of stories of Lubartovians’ journeys, both ordinary and extraordinary. By recounting their singular stories, we want to show how the trajectories of an individual or a family can be reconstructed, from which documents, and the kind of questions that are raised. We also initiate a practical reflection on the articulation between the singular and collective dimensions of the itineraries. The cases listed are non-exhaustive, their choice arbitrary and evolving as it relies in part on the collection of archives and testimonies carried out during the investigation, and therefore on you! If you would like to contribute to the survey by telling us your personal or family story or sending us information and documents, please contact us.


Four members of the Cyngel family, memory book © all rights reserved

The Cyngel Family

par Thomas Chopard

Pesa and Froim Cyngel raised five children in Lubartów. How do you trace the lives of the various members of the Cyngel family from the Lubartów of the interwar period, through the ghetto and the Soviet Union, to the emigration of the survivors to America?

My Fiszbin family from Lubartów

by Olivier Szlos

My grandmother, Etla Hekier Szlos, was born in Lubartów. I discovered the existence of Chaja Sura Fiszbin, one of her sisters, while searching for the Hekier family name in the 1932 population register. For the past forty five years, I’ve been researching my family tree and each new discovery is an incredible emotional moment…

Mosze Fiszbin’s family photo in the memory book © rights reserved