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Pierwszy Aleja No. 8

Joseph Sher and his family lived at this address on the third floor, left side. The ground floor front of the apartment house was a shop that faced the main street of Czestochowa. The street follows the pilgrimage route to the Church of the Jasna Gora, the Black Madonna. When the Jews were forced into the Czestochowa ghetto, other families moved into the vacated apartments. Discarded items, including family photographs, were thrown down in a heap in the center of the courtyard. After the war ended Joseph Sher dug with his hands through the rotting heap of garbage. Several layers down, untouched by water or mildew, were his treasured family photographs.

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