In many Jewish families in Israel and elsewhere, a similar story is passed down from one generation to another. With minor variations, the story centers on an apartment in Krakow or Warsaw, a shop in Lodz or Poznan, or a summer home in Zakopane or Sopot. Before World War II, these properties were owned by the family and warm memories and feelings were connected with them. Pictures of them are often preserved in family albums. In other cases, images of them remain only in the memories of the elders of the tribe, if they are still alive.