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The images below have been collected from various individuals and researchers who have obtained (or taken) photographs of the Bircza area, or images relating to the community. At the right of the page, you will find an index for the photographs, separating them by category. Large pictures have been reduced in size to fit below; to view the full size, click on the photo. Information about the origin of the pictures (such as the photographer) is included below each one; these individuals own the rights to these images and must be contacted if you intend to distribute or reproduce them. If you have any images of this region, please contribute them to the website by contacting me. By pooling our resources, we can keep the spirit of qehīllat Bircza alive.


signs, memorials, plaques, statues, and monuments

bircza war memorial postcard (front and back)

[click to view a larger image—bircza war memorial postcard (front)] [click to view a larger image—bircza war memorial postcard (back)]
Postcard of the war memorial in the Bircza Market Square. The back side of the postcard has the following Polish text:
On the top left, the caption reads: ‘Pomnik ku czci poleyłych w walce z bandami UPA.—fot. Z. Postępski’, translated approximately as: ‘People who were killed by the Ukrainian bandits.—photo [by] Z. Postępski’. At bottom is a copyright notice (‘Włszelkie prawa zastrzeżone’). Also, down the centre is a notice for the printing company (Ruch) which reads: ‘Diuro wydawnicze «Ruch»’. The stamp space in the top right corner lists the price, etc.: ‘32-1912 / Foto «Ruch» / z. 38 I72 / n. 1000 egz. [1000 copies] / V-8 / cena zł 1,70 [price 1.70 złoty] / + 20 gr[osze] / na SFBiI’.

bircza war memorial plaque

This is the plaque on the war memorial found in the middle of the town square, commemorating the Polish-Ukrainian fight between 1944 and 1947, which saw three attacks by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) that killed several dozens.

bircza town crest

The town crest of Bircza which is located just off the main square.
Credit: Linda Grapel-Lipson, 2000

The plaque reads (in Polish):
«Żywi to pamiętają / Żywi dziś czuwają»
Poległym w Walkach z faszystowskimi bandami [Ukraińskiej Powstańczej Armii (UPA)] w latach 1944–1947 żołnierzom [Wojska Polskiego (WP), Wojska Ochrony Pogranicza (WOP), Korpusu Bezpieczeństwa Wewnętrznego (KBW)] funkcjonariuszom [Milicji Obywatelskiej (MO), Urząd Bezpieczeństwa (UB), Ochotniczej Rezerwy Milicji Obywatelskiej (ORMO)]. W XV rocznicę powstania. Milicji obywatelskiej społeczeństwo.
[English translation:]
‘The living recall / Alive today, they watch’
Died in the fight against the fascist gangs of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) in the years 1944 to 1947, the soldiers of the Polish Army (WP), the Border Protection Army (WOP), and the Internal Security Corps (KPW) and the militiamen of the Citizens’ Militia (MO), the Security Office (UB), and the Voluntary Reserves of the People’s Militia (ORMO). [Placed here] on the fifteenth anniversary of the uprising [by the] Citizen’s Militia Society.
Credit: Linda Grapel-Lipson, 2000

town crest at town entrance photo #1

The Bircza town crest visible on a road sign, while entering the town.
Credit: Lilli Rubenov, 2005

town crest at town entrance photo #2

The Bircza town crest visible on a road sign, while entering the town.
Credit: Lilli Rubenov, 2005

road distance sign

A distance sign on the road near Bircza. It lists the distance to Przemyśl as 29 km and to Medyka as 42 km.
Credit: Lilli Rubenov, 2005

road at town entrance

Sign announcing the town name on the road entering to the city.
Credit: Lilli Rubenov, 2005

yad vashem memorial #1

At the Valley of the Communities, in Yad Vashem (יד ושם), the Israeli Holocaust Museum, the names of Jewish communities are carved into stone walls to forever remember them. Here, one can see Bircza and the nearby cities and towns (such as Przemyśl, Chyrów).
Credit: D Gershon Lewental, 1999

yad vashem memorial #2

At the Valley of the Communities, in Yad Vashem (יד ושם), the Israeli Holocaust Museum, the names of Jewish communities are carved into stone walls to forever remember them. Here, one can see Bircza and the nearby cities and towns (such as Przemyśl, Chyrów).
Credit: D Gershon Lewental, 1999

har tsiyyōn (mt zion) memorial plaque


Har Tsiyyōn (Mt Zion, Jerusalem), memorial plaque issued in honour of the Holocaust victims from the Bircza area. The Hebrew text states:
לזכר עולם: לקדושי קהילת בירצ'ה (בערטש) והסביבה (ע"י פשמישל גליציה) הי"ד שנרצחו ושנספו בשנות השואה ע"י הנאצים הגרמנים וגרוריהם ימ"ש. ימי הזכרון ט"ז מנ"אב – ט"ז כסלו. זכרם הקדוש לא ימוש מקרבנו לנצח. תנצב"ה. מנציחים ארגון יוצאי בירצ'ה בישראל ובתפוצות.
[English translation:]
For eternal remembrance: For the righteous of the community of Bircza (Birch) and its environs (near Przemyśl, Galicia), may God avenge their blood, who were murdered and who fell in the years of the Holocaust at the hands of the Nazi Germans and their accomplices, may their names be forgotten. The remembrance days are the 16th of Av [August] and the 16th of Kislew [December]. Their holy memory will never depart from us forever. May their souls be bound with the bonds of the living. Memorialised by the Organisation of Bircza Survivors in Israel and the Diaspora.

mt hebron cemetery burial society markers

birczer young men’s #1

Names of former Bircza Jews, who are buried at the Mt Hebron Cemetery in Flushing (Queens), New York, are engraved on this landsmanshaftn marker for the Birczer Young Men’s Benevolent Society. For photos of all the individual graves of the Bircza emigrants, see the Mt Hebron internment list.
Credit: D Gershon Lewental, 2006

birczer young men’s #2

Names of former Bircza Jews, who are buried at the Mt Hebron Cemetery in Flushing (Queens), New York, are engraved on this landsmanshaftn marker for the Birczer Young Men’s Benevolent Society. For photos of all the individual graves of the Bircza emigrants, see the Mt Hebron internment list.
Credit: D Gershon Lewental, 2006

birczer young men’s #3

Names of former Bircza Jews, who are buried at the Mt Hebron Cemetery in Flushing (Queens), New York, are engraved on this landsmanshaftn marker for the Birczer Young Men’s Benevolent Society. For photos of all the individual graves of the Bircza emigrants, see the Mt Hebron internment list.
Credit: D Gershon Lewental, 2006

birczer young men’s #4

Names of former Bircza Jews, who are buried at the Mt Hebron Cemetery in Flushing (Queens), New York, are engraved on this landsmanshaftn marker for the Birczer Young Men’s Benevolent Society. For photos of all the individual graves of the Bircza emigrants, see the Mt Hebron internment list.
Credit: D Gershon Lewental, 2006

birczer young men’s #5

Names of former Bircza Jews, who are buried at the Mt Hebron Cemetery in Flushing (Queens), New York, are engraved on this landsmanshaftn marker for the Birczer Young Men’s Benevolent Society. For photos of all the individual graves of the Bircza emigrants, see the Mt Hebron internment list.
Credit: D Gershon Lewental, 2006

birczer young men’s #6

Names of former Bircza Jews, who are buried at the Mt Hebron Cemetery in Flushing (Queens), New York, are engraved on this landsmanshaftn marker for the Birczer Young Men’s Benevolent Society. For photos of all the individual graves of the Bircza emigrants, see the Mt Hebron internment list.
Credit: D Gershon Lewental, 2006

birczer sick & benevolent #1

Names of former Bircza Jews, who are buried at the Mt Hebron Cemetery in Flushing (Queens), New York, are engraved on this landsmanshaftn marker for the First Birczer Sick & Benevolent Society. For photos of all the individual graves of the Bircza emigrants, see the Mt Hebron internment list.
Credit: Phyllis Kramer and Rhoda Gordon, 1998

birczer sick & benevolent #2

Names of former Bircza Jews, who are buried at the Mt Hebron Cemetery in Flushing (Queens), New York, are engraved on this landsmanshaftn marker for the First Birczer Sick & Benevolent Society. For photos of all the individual graves of the Bircza emigrants, see the Mt Hebron internment list.
Credit: D Gershon Lewental, 2006

birczer sick & benevolent #3

Names of former Bircza Jews, who are buried at the Mt Hebron Cemetery in Flushing (Queens), New York, are engraved on this landsmanshaftn marker for the First Birczer Sick & Benevolent Society. For photos of all the individual graves of the Bircza emigrants, see the Mt Hebron internment list.
Credit: D Gershon Lewental, 2006

birczer sick & benevolent #4

Names of former Bircza Jews, who are buried at the Mt Hebron Cemetery in Flushing (Queens), New York, are engraved on this landsmanshaftn marker for the First Birczer Sick & Benevolent Society. For photos of all the individual graves of the Bircza emigrants, see the Mt Hebron internment list.
Credit: D Gershon Lewental, 2006

birczer sick & benevolent #5

Names of former Bircza Jews, who are buried at the Mt Hebron Cemetery in Flushing (Queens), New York, are engraved on this landsmanshaftn marker for the First Birczer Sick & Benevolent Society. For photos of all the individual graves of the Bircza emigrants, see the Mt Hebron internment list.
Credit: D Gershon Lewental, 2006

birczer sick & benevolent #6

Names of former Bircza Jews, who are buried at the Mt Hebron Cemetery in Flushing (Queens), New York, are engraved on this landsmanshaftn marker for the First Birczer Sick & Benevolent Society. For photos of all the individual graves of the Bircza emigrants, see the Mt Hebron internment list.
Credit: D Gershon Lewental, 2006

birczer sick aid #1

Names of former Bircza Jews, who are buried at the Mt Hebron Cemetery in Flushing (Queens), New York, are engraved on this landsmanshaftn marker for the First Birczer Sick Aid Association. For photos of all the individual graves of the Bircza emigrants, see the Mt Hebron internment list.
Credit: D Gershon Lewental, 2006

birczer sick aid #2

Names of former Bircza Jews, who are buried at the Mt Hebron Cemetery in Flushing (Queens), New York, are engraved on this landsmanshaftn marker for the First Birczer Sick Aid Association. For photos of all the individual graves of the Bircza emigrants, see the Mt Hebron internment list.
Credit: D Gershon Lewental, 2006

birczer sick aid #3

Names of former Bircza Jews, who are buried at the Mt Hebron Cemetery in Flushing (Queens), New York, are engraved on this landsmanshaftn marker for the First Birczer Sick Aid Association. For photos of all the individual graves of the Bircza emigrants, see the Mt Hebron internment list.
Credit: D Gershon Lewental, 2006

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image index

main roads and city sites

  1. countryside photo #1
  2. countryside photo #2
  3. city centre photo #1
  4. city centre photo #2
  5. city centre photo #3
  6. delicatessen
  7. market square photo #1
  8. market square photo #2
  9. market square photo #3
  10. administrative building
  11. main road photo #1
  12. main road photo #2
  13. main road photo #3
  14. main road photo #4
  15. street photo #1
  16. street photo #2
  17. street photo #3
  18. street photo #4
  19. street photo #5
  20. street photo #6
  21. street photo #7
  22. street photo #8
  23. street photo #9
  24. szkolna st (painting)
  25. bircza in winter (painting)
  26. old oak photo #1
  27. old oak photo #2
  28. old oak photo #3
  29. nearby forest
  30. bircza postcard #1
  31. bircza postcard #2
  32. bircza postcard #3

other places near bircza

  1. brzezawa
  2. kreców

jewish cemetery

  1. cemetery gate
  2. cemetery sign #1
  3. cemetery sign #2
  4. cemetery sign #3
  5. cemetery photo #1
  6. cemetery photo #2
  7. cemetery photo #3
  8. cemetery photo #4
  9. cemetery photo #5
  10. cemetery photo #6
  11. cemetery photo #7
  12. cemetery photo #8
  13. cemetery photo #9
  14. cemetery photo #10
  15. cemetery photo #11
  16. gravestone #1
  17. 1836 gravestone #1
  18. 1836 gravestone #2
  19. 1836 gravestone #3
  20. 1920 gravestone #1
  21. 1920 gravestone #2
  22. 1922 gravestone #1
  23. 1922 gravestone #2
  24. gravestone #5
  25. gravestone #6
  26. gravestone #7
  27. gravestone #8
  28. gravestone #9
  29. gravestone #10
  30. gravestone #11
  31. gravestone #12

other religious places

  1. synagogue #1
  2. synagogue #2
  3. synagogue #3
  4. rabbi’s house
  5. miqvah
  6. view of church
  7. priest’s house photo #1
  8. priest’s house photo #2
  9. priest’s house photo #3
  10. priest’s house photo #4
  11. presbytery (painting)

other noted buildings

  1. bircza manor
  2. bircza manor entrance
  3. school
  4. bircza castle postcard
  5. bircza castle (painting)
  6. krasiczyn castle (painting)

people

  1. 19th-c. bircza townsfolk (painting)
  2. löwenthal family, late 1920s
  3. pre-war schoolboard
  4. school play, c. 1934
  5. school faculty, late 1940s
  6. teachers in the market place
  7. antoni rudawski, 1960s

signs and monuments

  1. war memorial
  2. war memorial plaque
  3. town crest
  4. town crest at town entrance photo #1
  5. town crest at town entrance photo #2
  6. road distance sign
  7. road at town entrance
  8. yad vashem memorial photo #1
  9. yad vashem memorial photo #2
  10. mt zion memorial

mt hebron cemetery markers

  1. birczer young men’s #1
  2. birczer young men’s #2
  3. birczer young men’s #3
  4. birczer young men’s #4
  5. birczer young men’s #5
  6. birczer young men’s #6
  7. birczer sick & benevolent #1
  8. birczer sick & benevolent #2
  9. birczer sick & benevolent #3
  10. birczer sick & benevolent #4
  11. birczer sick & benevolent #5
  12. birczer sick & benevolent #6
  13. birczer sick aid #1
  14. birczer sick aid #2
  15. birczer sick aid #3

community documents and stamps

  1. community signatures, 1904
  2. community stamp #1
  3. community stamp #2
  4. community stamp #3
  5. community stamp #4
  6. community stamp #5
  7. community stamp #6
  8. natan beisen’s signature, mid-19th c.
  9. rabbinical legal ruling, 1884
  10. marriage announcement, 04 march 1904
  11. shulḥan ʿarukh, 1863
  12. shulḥan ʿarukh, 1895
  13. polish business directory: bircza and stara bircza, 1929
  14. nowe horyzonty article, 1940s

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