Graduation Photo of the Kraków Teachers’ Seminary

Identifier: NC2019.014 and NC2019.014b

Document Title: Graduation Photo of the Kraków Teachers' Seminary

Document Date: 1934

Summary: Devorah Epelgrad (Cohn)'s graduation photo.

Geographic Location: Kraków

Document Location: Family archive of Naftali Cohn

Devorah Epelgrad (Cohn)‘s graduation photo. Devorah is sitting in the fist row, third from the right.

The back of the graduation photo lists a number of people in the photo (presumably the teachers, sitting in the middle row):

  • Mrs. Baila Pastog (Miss Gross);
  • Miss Esther Goldshtoff,
  • Mrs. Chana (Grossfeld) Biegun;
  • Rebbetzin Gitl (Teitelbaum) Pass;
  • Leah (Szczaranska) Waszasz;
  • Shifra Zachs;
  • Devorah Eintrat (?);
  • Chana Knoblokh; Silverstein;
  • Sarah Rokach,
  • Taybl Rabinowitz;
  • Tsirl (Sapir) Feigenblum;
  • Basha.

Devorah Epelgrad (Cohn) writes below: I graduated Bais Yaakov 12/30/34; 24 Teves, 5695.

Some of the people listed were well known in Bais Yaakov circles: Devorah Teitelbaum was in the first class taught by Sarah Schenirer and went on to be among the first to be sent to start a school. She later taught Prophets in the Seminary. Chana (Grossfeld) Biegun was a student of Sarah Schenirer and Judith Rosenbaum who taught Bible in the Seminary; she was married to Yosef Biegun, an important writer and editor, who was involved in the Seminary but had no official role. Leah Szczaranska was on the faculty at the Teacher Training Course in Rabka in 1928, and represented Bnos at the founding of Neshei Agudath Israel at the Second World Congress of the Agudath Israel in 1929; she gave a report on Bnos from the dais. Mrs. Baila Gross Pastog was a government-certified teacher with advanced degrees who was in charge of the secular studies program in the Seminary.

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