Szczebrzeszyn, Zwierzyniecka 3. Lubelskie region


The Zylberman Family lived in Szczebrzeszyn beginning in the mid-1800s. Tewel-Manys, later Tobias Silberman, a grand father of Eric Silberman was born in 1904. He had 3 younger brothers. The house that the bronze cast comes from was built by his father, a geat grand father of Eric – Abram Shlomo, a tailor, in the late 1920s or early 30s. By that time, Tewel, also a tailor, was living with his wife in Zamość. In 1940 he was arrested by the Germans and was made to perform forced labor. By the end of the war he had been in 6 different death camps. In the course of one transport, he jumped from a train and broke both of his legs. After the war, it made emigration to Israel impossible for him. A cousin, one of his few relatives to survive, discouraged him from joining her in the newly established country, since the living and working conditions there were hard. Instead, from Poland he traveled to Germany and later to America, where he began a new life and new family. He continued working as a tailor until his death in 1996 at the age of 92. He never told his family of his experiences during the war. Only after his death were they discovered, thanks to his cousin who still lives in Israel.


Mezuza ordered by Eric Silberman, grandson of Tobias Silberman.