OBITUARY

Marek Web

April 22, 1938May 14, 2021

Marek Web was born on April 22, 1938 and passed away on May 14, 2021 and is under the care of Parkside Memorial Chapels.

Funeral Service will be held on May 19, 2021 at 11:00 am at Parkside Memorial Chapels, 114-03 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, NY. Committal Service will be held on May 19, 2021 at 1:00 pm at New Montefiore Cemetery, 1180 Wellwood Avenue, West Babylon, NY.

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Services

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, May 19, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Memories

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Roberta Newman

May 19, 2021

Marek hired me as an intern in 1986 to help him prepare for the exhibition "Century of Ambivalence," a sweeping survey of Russian Jewish history, a joint project of YIVO and the Jewish Museum of New York. And that experience changed my life and shaped my entire future. Thanks to Marek, I worked at YIVO as an archivist and in other capacities for years to come. He was a wonderful teacher. He taught me how to really analyze primary sources. I will never forget the time when we were cataloging an important collection of photos of the Lodz Ghetto and we were trying to date a photo of a deportation of Jews to death camps. He figured it out by identifying the season in which it was made, by noting how many leaves were on the trees. He was a real "history detective." But it was also poignant that we were looking at documentation of the fate of the Jews of Lodz, his birthplace. That was Marek -- a brilliant scholar and heart and soul connected to the history he devoted his life to preserving and opening up to researchers.

Lyudmila Sholokhova

May 19, 2021

Marek exemplified the very best of the YIVO scholarship for me, in a unique combination of knowledge, dignity, kindness, endurance, nobility. It was a privilege to come to conduct a research at YIVO and then work with the same collections - because of his presence. He was a very special and dear person. He will be deeply missed. My heart goes to Marek's family and friends.

Zachary Baker

May 19, 2021

It was so sad to hear of Marek's passing - and I was very moved by the memories that were shared at his funeral. Marek was the best of colleagues at YIVO, where I worked for 17 years "over the transom" in the YIVO Library. He accomplished so much during his career there! Marek's contributions to the opening-up of Jewish archives in the former Soviet Union was a signal contribution to Jewish Studies in recent decades. He was very energetic - in all respects! (I remember how he biked into Manhattan from Queens practically every day.) And he had initiative, drive, and languages, all of which he put to superb use in a completely selfless manner. I have the warmest of memories of Marek and I miss him very much.

Fruma Mohrer

May 19, 2021

Marek Web and I were colleagues since 1978. He was my mentor and teacher, a master of general, Jewish and American history. Marek opened up the Yivo Archives to me. The Archives was a whole world on to itself, a vast universe, it transcended continents, languages and cultures. Its heart and soul was rooted in Polish Jewry and historical and pre-world II life and history, but it was not a narrow collection; it's documents originated in practically every country where Jews lived. Marek transmitted his knowledge progressively, his professionalism, his love of the Archives, his love of Yiddish i.e. Yiddish culture, theater and music, through the lectures and presentations he gave to the visiting public, the assignments he gave me, the reference questions he answered, by phone, fax, email and of course in person. A calm and methodical and completely dedicated professional, Marek emphasised the importance of simplicity, modesty, and dedication to grounded historical research, emphasising the importance of sticking to the facts. No hyperbole for him! A hard working person, a trouble shooter, a well thought out and organized planner, great administrator, he did everything: prepared exhibitions, published catalogs, relocated the Archives, gave lectures in Jewish history, worked on the Guide to the Yivo Archives, Judaica Project in the FSU led by David Fishman. Marek researched and published extensively and travelled for Yivo.He helped thousands of people find documents, photos, music, films and artworks. Everyone who came to the Archives was welcomed with graciousness and respect. A kind, gentle, respectful but demanding colleague, his vision for and work in the Yivo Archives is the reason why it still exists today. Working with Marek was an idealistic and deeply meaningful experience, a rare and special privilege for which I am forever grateful. May his soul be bound up in everlasting life! My deepest condolences to his beloved family - his greatest joy! Fruma

J.D. Arden

May 19, 2021

I was a colleague of Marek's in the Center for Jewish History / YIVO building on 16th Street since 2013. I remember him fondly as a kindly father figure. He was always ready to offer knowledge with a smile and twinkle in his eye. He was happy to share some candy and trade jokes. His wonderful insight, personality and sense of humor will be forever missed. But his work and his memory have created a foundation of wisdom that will be passed on to future generations of readers and researchers.
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Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska

May 19, 2021

My sincere condolences to the whole family. Najgłębsze wyrazy współczucia.
I owe a great deal to Marek Web. I met him in 1988 at YIVO and we have been in touch since that time. He helped me in a number of projects and he was always very friendly. I would meet him from time to time on various occasions. I will miss him a lot.
He was a wonderful man.

Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska
Lublin

Olga Medvedeva–Nathoo

May 19, 2021

People are grieving about Marek Web’s passing not only in New York but in other cities as well. I am grieving here in Vancouver, Canada. What brought Marek and I together was a shared professional interest in the history of Polish Jews. But above all else, we grew closer because of his wartime experience, his rough childhood spent in Tashkent, Uzbekistan where I myself spent a considerable amount of time decades later collecting materials for my articles in the local archives. Once I sent Marek questions about his life in an orphanage. In response to those questions, Marek wrote a brilliant text Majn Sztetele Tashkent. The text was equally intelligent, kind, warm, melancholic, witty, and a bit bitter - much like everything else that he committed to paper, and much like his own soul.

May his memory be for a blessing.
Olga Medvedeva–Nathoo

Annette Harchik

May 17, 2021

Marek was a special archivist at YIVO He was very knowledgeable, kind, and funny. I enjoyed working there with him. He was also a devoted socialist.

May his memory be for a blessing.

Debbie Plumer

May 17, 2021

I entered YIVO in the early nineties, when it was located in the crumbling mansion on East 85th and Fifth Avenue. I wanted to "research" the pogrom in which my great-grandfather was murdered. I had no idea what I was doing, and I'm sure looked very lost. A sweet man came over to me and asked if he could help me - and he did. He located a single document for me, and translated it, a piece of paper that meant the world to me. He brought over a cardboard box filled with photographs he said I was welcome to look through. Not only have I never forgotten him, but he's remained very present in my memory, all these years. A huge regret is that I never visited him in the later years at YIVO, as I meant to. Such a beautiful man.

Eve Sicular

May 17, 2021

Marek was my boss in the YIVO archives at 86th St & 57 St. I learned so much from him, not only about the collections and materials but also about the history & artistry in these films and photos. I'll never forget how he championed the work of Alter Kacyzne. I can vividly see his face and hear his voice even now; it was a privilege to be called 'meydele' & slowly learn about his life too. I'm grateful to have seen him in more recently years at CJH events, and appreciated his frank and witty assessments of cultural & current events. Condolences to all who knew him. Zol di erd im gring zayn.