Webinar | Possible identification of ŻZW Commander Pawel Frenkiel

The Warsaw Ghetto Museum invites you to join the webinar “Possible identification of ŻZW Commander Pawel Frenkiel” with the participation of the Israeli researcher Yossi Suede. The webinar will take place at 6pm on Wednesday, March 15 on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96940353677.

The character of Pawel Frenkiel, the military commander of the ŻZW underground, was almost unknown until today. No documents have been found attesting to his existence, as well as no photo of him. The main testimony provided about him by Adam Halperin, a Betar member from Warsaw, left difficult and unanswered questions.

Following the research activities of the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem on the revisionist movement during the Holocaust, an unknown testimony was found, indicating the identity of Pawel Frenkiel. Apparently, from the testimony of Jeremiah Halperin, the commander-in-chief of the training of the Betar movement in Israel and the Diaspora, Pawel’s original name was – Jacob Frenkiel, born in 1911 in Bialystok, an outstanding officer in the Polish army. With the help of the Historical Jewish Institute in Warsaw and the Polish Army Archives, many important details about Jacob Frenkiel were found. It seems that today, this identification is the closest and most likely to the character of the ŻZW commander.

Lecturer: Yossi Suede, director of content development at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, Israel. Doctoral student on the history of Israel at Bar-Ilan University. A lecture of 30 minutes, accompanied by a photo presentation full of interest and content, includes a photo of Jacob Frenkiel as an officer in the Polish army.

The moderator of the meeting will be Masha Makarova from the Warsaw Ghetto Museum Educational Department. The meeting will be held in English. Participation in the event is free.The meeting with Noam Leibman is a part of the series of montly WGM webinars dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.