Isidore Shapiro

Podkamien, 1933. Top (left to right): Clara, her sister Geniya, her brothers Abraham and Arie. Bottom (left to right): great-grandmother Babe Shandel, Isidore, grandfather Michael Zindel, grandmother Rivka.

Isidore was born in Podkamien, and is the only son to Clara Shapira and Haim Klienger. Clara and Haim owned a fabric store.

When the Germans approached Podkamien from the west in the summer of 1942, Isidore and Clara were forced to flee. A peasant offered to hide them in his barn and made space for them in a small combine used to store grain.

Isidore described his hiding spot as a “big coffin,” like “one double bed,” a space so small that they could sit up but couldn’t stand up. The two never left their hiding spot. They stayed there for almost two years until they were liberated in 1944.

The two moved around from Poland to Czechoslovakia until arriving at the DP camp in Fahrenwald, Germany in 1945. The two eventually emigrated to the US in 1949. Isidore worked in New Jersey and New York for a few years before moving to Bakersfield, California in 1961. He spent 32 years working as the operating manager for a chain of ladies apparel stores.

Isidore is now retired and lives in Lakeside, California with his first cousin, Aviva and her husband, David.

Clara and Isidore. 1947.

7 thoughts on “Isidore Shapiro

  1. my parents were among the small number of survivors who came from podkamien. i remember mr. shapiro from when i was a young girl. i would like to contact him and perhaps speak to him on the phone. my parents were chula and samuel schachter
    thank you

    • DEAR SALLY !!!
      I WAS REALLY EXCITED TO HEAR FROM YOU ,I REMEMBER YOU PARENTS CHULA AND SAMUEL .YOUR MOTHER CHULA WAS A COUSIN OF THE LATE MARCUS GRUNSIDE
      MY BEST FRIEND .I WILL BE HAPPY TO TALK TO YOU PLEASE CALL ME
      619-443-3481 .

  2. My mom is also from Podkaimen !!!
    I have looked so many times on the Internet for others from there and can’t believe I found this. Her family name was Guner (Chana and Yehoshua)

    • Hi Chana,
      Some how I received your comment on Podkamien. Both my parents were from Podkamien- born and raised – If you would like to give me more information on you mother, etc or contact me, I will speak to my cousin also from Podamien and remembers pretty much everyone. I do not recall my mother mentioning the name Guner – perhaps I am reading it incorrectly.
      Looking forward to hearing from you
      Sally

  3. Hi – I came across you site while doing research for a cousin. Her great grandparents were Malka Schapira and Michel Neustadter. We believe they had 10 children. Many of them immigrated to the US. I don’t know if there is any relation here. What I would like to know more about was life in Podkamien so I could describe it to my cousin.Thanks

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