Ferber Family
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Batia Rachel nee Ferber was born in Birzai in 1916. she was married and her husbands' name is not known. Batia was murdered by the nazis in 1941.


Shlomo Ferd/ Ferber was born in Birzai in 1876. He was murdered by the Nazis.



Vita Eida Ferber nee Krener was born in Birzai in 1876. she was married., Vita was murdered by the nazis in 1941


Sarah nee Ferber was born in Birzai in 1914. she was married and her husbands' name is not known. Sarah was murdered by the nazis in 1941.



Arzik Aron Ferber was born in Birzai in 1918. He was murdered by the Nazis.


Shlomo Ferber was born in Birzai in 1920. He was murdered by the Nazis.



Rena Ferber Finder
Rena was born in Krakow Poland in 1929 and grew up in a middle class neighborhood. Although antisemitism pervaded Kracow, Rena had a comfortable childhood surrounded by loving family and friends.
Rena’s entire life changed with the German invasion of Poland in September 1939. Jews were forced to move into the ghetto, which was isolated from the rest of Kracow. Rather bitterly, Rena recalls how non-Jews who were able to see all that was happening to Jews did nothing to help their Jewish neighbors.
In the ghetto, the Gestapo took Rena’s father away and he never returned to his family. In time, the SS made plans for the evacuation of the ghetto, ordering all the residents to move up the hill to the Plaszow work camp, located on the site of an old Jewish cemetery, and run by the sadistic commandant, Amon Goeth.
From Rena’s perspective, the most hopeful ray of light was Emalia, an enamel kitchenware and ammunition factory owned by the German Christian industrialist Oskar Schindler. Unlike other industrialists such as the managers of Krupp and I.G. Farben, who took advantage of slave labor in the SS camps and mistreated their workers, Schindler did everything in his power to provide his Jews with sufficient food and accommodations. Rena and her mother had an influential relative on the Jewish Council, who had them enumerated on Schindler’s list. Thus for six months they had the good fortune of being Schindlerfrauen, women working at Emalia under far more humane conditions than those in other workshops at Plaszow. For the rest go to;


Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Ferber
Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Ferber the leader of the West End Talmud Torah, was born in Kovno, Lithuania, and came to England as a young man. He was known as a rabbi of the old school, a scholar and writer of commentaries. Taking advantage of his location in the West End, he visited the Oriental Room of the British Museum every day. Reverend Saul Amias served as hazan (cantor).
"Preaching his sermons in Yiddish, Rabbi Ferber could bring his congregation to tears of nostalgia. Then he would turn to English and joke, and get everyone laughing within the space of two sentences."
"All my contemporaries - hundreds of boys and girls from both sides of Oxford Street - attended the cheder at the tiny Manette Street Synagogue. Our respective Bar Mitzvahs took place on the small bimah, flanked by the wardens, Mr Cohen and Mr Raphael, and facing the saintly Rabbi Ferber, whose gentle, high-pitched voice I can hear in my mind today."
"He was one of the best Jewish orators of the day. When he left his seat, everyone stood up and bowed towards him as a sign of respect."
"Anything that went wrong, my grandmother would go to Rabbi Ferber. She used to think that he was God. Any money she could collect she would pass on to him to give to the poor."
"Reverend Amias had a neat beard, flowing hair and a wide-brimmed black hat. He was known as the 'Bishop of the West End' and was very popular. Every year he led the overflow services for High Holydays at the Scala Theatre in Charlotte Street."
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Avraham Tuvia Zimbal, born 1864 and wife: Elka Rivka nee Ferber, born in 1869. Perished in BRAJNSK during the Shoah Picture submitted by their great granddaughter Rachel Kidron.