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My mother's parents were both from Jewish families in Poland, and both came to London in the early part of the 20th Century. My grandmother, Brucha Dwojra Waksman, came with her parents, brother and sisters in 1905; my grandfather Lajb Frenkensztajn came on his own in 1913. They met in London, and married in 1916. This site is an attempt to trace their roots in Poland, and the lives they led as they settled in the UK.

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The Waksman family came from Gniewoszow and Irena, two small towns on either side of the Wisla (Vistula) river, about 100km south of Warsaw. The Frenkensztajns were from a small village called Juliszew, about 10km east of Gombin (Gabin), and 20km south of Plock, and also on the Wisla river. Lajb Frenkensztajn's parents, Jankel Josek Frenkensztajn and Gitla Kohn, got married in Nadarzyn, 20km west of Warsaw. You can use the controls on the map to get a closer look at a particular area.