Alter Kacyzne with his wife Khana and daughter Sulamita in Warsaw, Poland ca. 1930.
He traveled throughout Poland after World War I, chronicling Jewish life. Kacyzne tried to escape Nazi persecution in Poland and moved to Ternopil in 1941. Unfortunately, by the time he arrived Nazis already occupied the city. He was beaten to death by Ukrainian collaborators during the extermination of the town's Jewish population. His wife Khana was killed in the concentration camp, while his daughter Sulamita survived hiding in Poland as a non-Jew.