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Testimony of Dorit Braun

During the first lockdown in the UK, in 2020, Dorit began to research her family tree. Some months later she was contacted by Agnieszka Kostuch because she is a descendent of the Jewish community of Trzemeszno. Her great-grandmother, Paula Fuchs, née Loewenthal, was born there.

Ronald describes his fate Great-grandfather, Heymann Arzt – the father of my father’s mother – was born in Tremessen (Trzemeszno) in 1866. Ron's father - Fritz Phippsborn - translated from German into English. Heymann describes, among others, his early years and describes the town he grew up in.

What do I know about Trzemeszno? Never heard of it! Or, should I say, almost never? Before she died, my mother wrote her family history. Family history means Berlin. Of course, Berlin – was there anywhere else? Of course not. For them Berlin was the capital of the world. And then there was the Great Exodus From Berlin of the 1930s. My grandmother and all five of her brothers and sisters (and their spouses and children) made it out of Germany alive. Now, that’s history. An incredible history of resilience and pluck and a fair amount of good luck. Why dig back further than that?

Bob Weltman lives in Dallas, Texas, in America. However, he has family connections with Greater Poland and the town of Trzemeszno. The first of his ancestors to come to the Province of Posen at that time was his great-great-great-grandfather. He was a rabbi in in Witkowo from 1820 until his death in 1849.

My name is Elhanan Pinner from Beit Yitzhak, Israel. I first heard the name Trzemeszno, Poland (previously known under the German name Tremessen) when Agnieszka Kostuch contacted me in March this year. She wrote that my grandmother Gertrud Debora Wiener (nee Wreszynski) was born in Trzemeszno and that she was looking for more information about our family for an article about the Jewish community in the town.