Chaskiel Bronshtein

Chaskiel Bronstein/Bronshtein was the owner of the Fotografika photography studio in 4 ul. Krakowska in Tarnów, Poland. Chaskiel was one of the signatories of the agreement that led to the establishment of the Tarnów Society of Photography Lovers. Part of the Bronstein family held Brazilian nationality. It is reported that in 1939, Chaskiel managed to travel to South America to attempt to obtain passports for all members of his family. However, he was unable to do so and returned to join his family in Poland , however was deported to Germany, where all trace of him was lost.[1]

Bronstein’s former photography studio now houses the library in Tarnów.[2]

At the Monument to the Memory of Children, Victims of the Holocaust in the Jewish cemetery on Okopowa Street in Warsaw, Poland, Chaskeil’s daughter, Luisa Bronstein is depicted in one of the photographs of the Jewish children who died during WWII. Luisa wears checkered clothes and a hat.[3] In 1994, as part of the the project ‘And I can still see their faces (And I can still see their faces), photographs were collected of Jews who went missing during the Holocaust, they were highlighted through an exhibition in Poland including many other cities globally. In Grzybowski Square, Luisa’s photograph could be seen on the building façade in Prozna Street.[4]