The photograph of a little boy you can
see in front of you was taken in one of the main streets of Lublin.
There is nothing particular in this picture and you cannot say much
Some citizens of Lublin may be able to recognize the
place where the boy stands.
People pass it
every day, not paying attention to it. When
we look at this photograph, we cannot even specify when it was taken.
Perhaps before the war? Or maybe after the war, in the 1950s or the
1960s? Thousands of similar pictures of kids are taken in the streets
this seemingly casual photo there is the life story of a little
Jewish boy, born in 1933 in Lublin, whose name was Henio Żytomirski.
He is the kid in the picture. Six year old Henio was to start primary
school on 1 September 1939. Yet, World War II broke out on that day
and Henio never went to school. He died in 1942 in a gas chamber of
Majdanek Nazi concentration camp.
photograph is the last in the series of his pictures taken by his
father every year. The photos have survived and they can be arranged
into a small album. Turning
over its pages, we can see the photographs of Henio from 1933, 1934
and so on, until the last one from 1939.
When you walk past
the place where Henio was standing while his father took this photo
of him, think for a moment about this little Jewish boy. We will tell
you now his story.
Translated by: Piotr Wojcieszuk