Krongold family photo

Chaskiel and Chaya Krongold seated with Nachman, Fajga, Baruch, Gutta, and Hershel standing behind them

Krongold Family

The Krongold family was well known in Ostrowiec, especially due to the Smolopap roofing factory and other businesses owned by brothers Chaskiel and Jonasz Krongold.

Chaskiel Krongold
Chaskiel Krongold

Chaskiel and Jonasz’s parents, Szmula and Bracha Perla Krongold had many other children including: Baruch Yisrael, Hitza Chaya, Rachel, Pryva Shandla, Sura Roize, Rivka, Marmita and Golda.

Chaskiel and his wife Chaya were the parents of Nachman, Baruch, Hershle, Feiga, Shmuel (who died before the Holocaust), Chana and Guta.  They lived in a beautiful villa.  Chaskiel and Chaya, and several of their children, died during the Holocaust.

The Krongold Villa
The Krongold Villa

Feiga survived the war by hiding and living with Aryan papers.  Sadly, she was killed, along with four others, in a shooting in an apartment (belonging to Pinhas Lederman) at Sienkiewicza/Radomska  34 in Ostrowiec on March 19, 1945. The Polish A.K. (Armja Krajowa) organized the murderous attack that brutally killed five people, and badly wounded several others.

Guta also survived the war and by a miracle, Guta’s daughter Ruth, who was placed in a Polish home, also survived.

Jonasz Krongold’s daughter Hela moved to Palestine in 1936.  His wife Zysla, son Moniek/Samuel Morris and daughter Fajgunia/Fanny survived the Holocaust and moved to Canada.  Zysla’s grandaughter Rosalie Abella became a supreme court judge.

Sura Roize Krongold married Baruch Rubinstein. Their great grandson Rafael Goldchain is a photographer and artist and shares much of his family history in his work.