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I’ve been asked a few times to add a blog page so that people know when I’ve had time to add more information.

So here it is … and welcome to the blog!


When I started this website, it was intended for family and close friends to see what I was up to and to keep them updated on the latest information about the family.

I don’t know how others have found it in such numbers, but I am touched and often overwhelmed by the generous response to my family history research from all over the world.


By November 2016, From Numbers to Names had had visitors from over 46 countries, from New Zealand to Norway, and from Venezuela to Hungary. The countries with the most visitors have been the United Kingdom, Poland, the United States, Germany, Israel and Australia.


The first item to highlight is a talk to be given by Małgorzata Płoszaj at the Gliwice Jewish memorial museum on Thursday, December 8th, 2016, at 6pm.

Jewish memorial museum, Gliwice
Jewish memorial museum, Gliwice. Source: Photograph, Clare Weissenberg, pers. archive

The talk will take place in a branch of the Museum of Gliwice, Dom Pamięci Żydów Górnośląskich, the Memorial House of Upper Silesian Jews.

The building is the beautifully restored Jewish funeral home at 14, Księcia Józefa, Poniatowskiego Street, Gliwice.

Malgosia at the museum
Malgosia at the museum. Source: Photograph, Clare Weissenberg, pers. archive

The City of Gliwice generously financed this stunning restoration project, which we were lucky enough to tour on our last visit to Poland. It is situated next to the large and again beautifully restored Gliwice Jewish cemetery.

I cannot know, because records no longer exist, but we believe this burial house (now the museum and education centre) was where my grandfather Leopold Weissenberg would have been brought when he died in 1941. He may even have been buried here, given that the family was living in Gliwice at this time.

As you might imagine, this will a very special event for me and for my family. And I have no adequate words with which I can thank Małgosia for her kind generosity in planning and running this talk.

Jewish cemetery in Gliwice
Jewish cemetery in Gliwice. Source: Photograph, Clare Weissenberg, pers. archive

For more information on the museum, please see their webpage here:

http://dom.muzeum.gliwice.pl/upper-silesian-jews-house-of-remembrance/


Being a bit of a cold-weather coward, I probably wouldn’t ordinarily have chosen to visit somewhere even colder and greyer than England in winter, but I couldn’t resist on this occasion, because Małgosia is giving a talk about our family!

If grandfather Leopold was brought back to Gliwice when he died, this is where a service would have been held for him before burial
If grandfather Leopold was brought back to Gliwice when he died, this is where a service would have been held for him before burial. Source: Photograph, Clare Weissenberg, pers. archive

If you are in the area and have an interest in this era and subject, it would be wonderful to see you there.

For some more information on the museum: 

http://www.jewish-heritage-europe.eu/2016/02/02/poland-jewish-museum-opens-in-gliwice/”

From a sense that my family was forgotten and forever lost, to attending a talk about them in the town in which they last lived – well, as you might imagine, I am touched – for once –beyond words!

Jewish memorial house, Gliwice
Jewish memorial house, Gliwice. Source: Photograph, Clare Weissenberg, pers. archive

I was nervous about this at first, I must admit, but the only feeling I have now is one of excitement. I am very much looking forward to this occasion. Thank you so much, Małgosia – as always. I wouldn’t have got anywhere with this project without your kind and generous help.


18 November 2016

Today I’ve added some more information to the page about Jakob Gruschka.

Jakob was the father of Werner’s cousin Margot. His wife Rosa was my grandmother’s sister. I had forgotten that I had been sent some newspaper clippings about Jakob – and Rosa – and have now added them to Jakob’s page.

I have also added a little more information to the page on Myslowice and to uncle Kurt’s page.

Plesser Strasse / Pszczynsk in 1923/34
Plesser Strasse / Pszczynsk in 1923/34. Source: Unknown – sent to me by email.

The family researcher’s desktop is never a happy place if it isn’t littered with possible links, which is where I find myself again at the moment. I have also received a few more translations today, which I’ve not yet had time to post up, but their arrival is what prompted my flurry of after-work activity on the site today.


Update: 8th December 2016

Well, we’re currently driving up to Gliwice for Malgosia’s talk this evening (see notes below).

It’s a gorgeous day, with crisp snow by the side of the roads, sunshine, and blue skies.

I’m loving being back in Poland – and really looking forward to this evening!