Bronia Lieblich and Abraham Hochner were the first Jews who died in Nowy Targ. The German military policemen arrested them on 25th December 1942 while searching through Jewish homes. They found some furs at their house. Bronia was transported to a prison in Nowy Targ from Maków Podhalański and Abraham was brought in from Rabka. Bronia’s cousin, Róża Holländer was living in Nowy Targ at that time: “ I was able to bring her food for a week and got the dishes back. […] One day I brought food and the same guard told me that Bronia is no longer there and that she was taken away. […] I found out from my brother Leib Zeiger was called to burry two bodies. He was supposed to go to the synagogue next to the prison [… ] He went there and recognized Bronia’s body […] which was lying next to the body of a Jew of Rabka. Both bodies were lying in the snow in a puddle of blood”. From the list of meals eaten by prisoners it would seem that both Bronia Lieblich and Abraham Hochner died in front of the synagogue in Nowy Targ on 8th January 1942. Bronia’s husband Józef died together with their 6-year old daughter a few months later. I did not manage to trace further fate of Abraham. Leib Zeiger, member of the Chevra Kadisha burial brotherhood. He was shot at the cemetery of Nowy Targ on 30th August 1942. His wife Breindel and their 10-year old daughter Chaja also died in the Holocaust.
In the picture you can see the wires and a piece of the wall of prison as well as the synagogue in Nowy Targ.
Written by: Karolina Pan
English translation: Magdalena Macińska