|German occupation of the Bialystok region
in June, 1941. According to Pinkas
Hakehillot, the Jews of Kolonja Izaaka were deported, along
with the Jews of Odelsk, to the Kielbasin transit camp near Grodno in
November, 1942. According to the Pinkas,
they were held for several weeks and then transported to Auschwitz.
This is also the belief held by current residents of nearby Odelsk, as
However, there is
also documentation that
the camp at Treblinka
received transit of 500 people from Odelsk via Kielbasin Collection
Camp on (or beginning on) November 10, 1942, along with 5000 from
Krynki and 8000 from Sokolka.
Several natives of Kolonja Izaaka filed witness statements that were
incorporated into the Yad Vashem
Central Database. Only two submitters supplied places of death.
submitted by Yitzchak
Karmi in 1956 gave place of death as Treblinka. Yehoshua Ash in 1957,
however, identified the camp at Majdanek as the place of death of many
colonists, including members of the Ash, Knishevitsky and Kapusta
families. There is no current information as to how Mr. Ash knew or
came to believe that his family members had been transported to
Majdanek and not to Auschwitz or Treblinka.
To visit a list of the Kolonja Izaaka residents and natives who
perished in the Shoah, click here.
Yad Vashem Testimony regarding Kolonja's chair,
Meyshl Knishevitsky, submitted in 1957
by cousin Yehoshua Ash.