Vider family

Top row (left to right): Yaakov, Shamai, Moshe, Meir

Bottom row (left to right): Shmuel, Mother Zviya, Father Shimon, Yosef


(Vidar) Family

Shimon Wigdorwicz was born in Opatow in 1869 and married Zviya (Bainerman). They had 6 children: Yosef, Yaacov, Shmuel, Shamai, Moshe and Meir. All were murdered or died during the Holocaust, except for Meir.

Shlomo Wigdorowicz, son of Yosef, was murdered on Apr 28 1942 during the slaughter as mentioned here.

Shlomo’s brother Pinhas Vidar described below the incident when testifying:

On 28/4/42, Mr. Vidar witnessed Wagner kill his brother, Mr. Shlomo Vigdorowits, on Sinkivitza Street in Ostrowiec. The victim was 18 years old. Witness Vidar was an eyewitness to this incident. At this time approximately 30 Jews were murdered. The witness saw the bodies in the Jewish cemetery, although he did not witness the killings. When Wagner & Bruner broke into the witness's house in order to kill his brother, the witness's father was captured and sent to Auschwitz along with a group of Jews. Three weeks later the witness's mother received an official notice that the witness's father was declared “dead.”

Meir, who was born in 1913, married Ruta/Ruth in 1940. In the October 1942 liquidation of the ghetto, Ruta/Ruth and her 2.5 year old daughter Dvora were sent to Treblinka.  Both died there, together with  the thousands of other Ostrowiec residents sent there. Meir survived the war and later married Hadasa (Grondman).  Meir and Hadasa had 4 sons.

Shlomo April 1939
Shlomo April 1939
Shlomo July, 1941
Shlomo July, 1941
Vider azkara

Azkara for Shlomo in June 1942.

Pinhas Vidar took this photo and it is remarkable that this photo survived the war.

Modern “Matzeiva” near the area of the destroyed tombstone of  Shlomo Wigdorwicz  that was added by the family during their visit in June 2016.

The Jewish cemetery in Ostrowiec March 24, 2017, photo by W. Mazan. Photo courtesy of:

Matzeiva close up

English translation of the matzeiva:

Eternal remembrance

Here is buried

Szlomo Wigdorowicz

who was murdered at home

April 28, 1942

18 years old at the time of his death.

In eternal memory

The Vidar,  Wigdorowicz and Avigad families