Beniamin Lejb Perelmuter
22 March marks the 125th birth anniversary of Beniamin Perelmuter (1898-1952)
Beniamin (Beniamin Lejb) Perelmuter was born on March 22, 1898 as the son of Majer, a merchant from Łuck (Volyn province) and Liwcia nee Kon. He was born in the house of the heirs of Hersz Domb at 31 Warszawska Street. Currently, in this place there is a open field which belongs to the Centre for Culture and Arts in Płock (former sports field). Beniamin Perelmuter was a graduate of the Polish Middle School and the Faculty of Architecture of the Warsaw University of Technology. In 1931, he received a diploma in architectural engineering. He took part in the September Campaign. He spent the occupation as a lieutenant of the Polish Army in the oflag in Dobiegniew. His wife and son were murdered in the Treblinka extermination camp. After the war, he worked on the reconstruction of houses on Wiejska Street in Warsaw and the “Dom Słowa Polskiego” graphic studio on Miedziana Street. He died in Warsaw on February 6, 1952. He was buried in the Jewish cemetery at Okopowa Street.
Beniamin Perelmuter was the author of the Monument to the Memory of the Jews of Płock at the cemetery at Mickiewicza Street, on the grave of the first 25 victims of Nazi barbarism, murdered in Imielnica. The initiator of the erection of the monumental tomb, which in terms of architecture was to commemorate the martyrdom and tragic fate of all Jews from Płock, was the District Jewish Committee in Płock and the Civic Committee for the Construction of the Monument operating at it. The patronage over the construction, which began in 1948, was taken by the secretary general of the Joint, Józef Gitler-Barski, whose wife, Celina Gitler-Barska née Klinkowsztejn, came from Płock. The ceremonial unveiling of the monument took place on October 23, 1949.