Workplace in Lodz

Black on white photograph of 5 men. 2 of the men sit at sowing machines.

Workplace in Lodz. c. 1920s. Poland.
Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, Special & Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.
Gift of Aileen Josephs in memory of Hyman Walborsky.

This photograph of Israel Walborsky was taken in Lodz, Poland around 1919-1920. It was previously displayed in Hyman Walborsky’s (Israel’s son) office in Mexico City. It shows Israel working in the family’s tailoring business, alongside his father and brothers, before he left Poland for the United States.

Born in Mexico City, Aileen Josephs (Israel’s granddaughter) built a career as an immigration lawyer in Miami. As part of her work, she has given critical legal help to undocumented children who have suffered abuse and neglect. She also serves as the honorary consul of Guatemala in West Palm Beach. In 2017, she gifted the Hyman Walborsky Memorial Collection to the Price Library. The collection contains materials relating to the history of the Walborsky family and Josephs’ professional life.