Dean Echenberg, M. D.
JewishGen Yizkor Book Project Manager
The books relates the story of the Jews from Suceava/Suczawa (Shotz) and surrounding communities: Arbore, Balaceana, Bosanci, Burdujeni, Cacica, Comăneşti, Costina, Dărmăneşti, Ilişeşti, Iţcani, Mărăţea, Mitoc, Pătrăuţi, Solca, Todireşti, Zahareşti.
A further description of the project can be found at: http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Suceava/Suceava.html
Note the Association of Former Residents of Suceava (Shotz) maintains a web site at http://shotzer.com/zope/home/en/1/homepage_en/
This project is being initiated in order to fund the translation of the Sefer Yehudei Suceava (Shotz) vekehilot hasviva (The Book of the Jews from Suceava (Shotz) and the Surrounding Communities), Edited and designed by Benzion Fuchs and the Editorial Board, Association of Former Residents of Suceava (Shotz) and Surroundings, Published: Israel 2007.
The Project Coordinator will direct a fundraising effort for the translation and secure the services of the professional translators. The Project Coordinator will select the order in which to translate the book text and will work closely with the translators to ensure a grammatically correct and accurate translation. Specific tasks the Project Coordinator will perform include proofreading, editing, and preparing the work for submission to the Yizkor Book Project. The resulting translations will be posted, as they are completed, on the JewishGen Yizkor Book Translations site.
Jews from Russia, Hungary and Galizia (Galicja) arrived in Suceava (Suczawa) as early as the 15th century and on. They settled there and lived in relative harmony with the other minorities in the region (Bucovina). In time and as their number kept growing, Jewish communities sprang up and developed dynamic religious, social and economic activities. In the 20th century, the Suceava Jewish community became one of the prominent communities in the region in terms of size, liveliness and cultural influence. It produced or hosted eminent Rabbis and scholars in ten synagogues, a Talmud-Torah and Kindergarten, Jewish social (WIZO, OSE, Hadassah, etc.) and Zionist organizations (Beitar, Hanoar Hazioni, Mizrachi, etc.) as well as secular intellectuals and politicians.
Before WWII and with the arrival of anti-Semitic regimes in Romania, however, the situation of the Jews deteriorated, from malicious imposition, through persecution, to murder and pogroms, culminating in the deportation of the Jews (of Bucovina) to Transnistria. The survivors returned and, while trying to rehabilitate their lives, forgetting the offense and suffering was too much for them and the majority decided to leave, in large part to the newly established homeland, Israel.
Currently, there is little information available to the English-speaking world regarding the historical Jewish community of Suceava. With the destruction of the Jewish community of Suceava, the information in this yizkor book constitutes a significant portion of its documented history, and undoubtedly contains information that is not available anyplace else. This project will result in the creation of the primary English language source of information for anyone doing research on Suceava and its Jewish community.
This project will result in the creation of the primary English language source of information for anyone doing research on Suceava and its Jewish community. The necrology section contains pictures of former residents with captions. There is also a map of the town. Chapters contain information on such topics as: religious leaders, community life, youth organizations, JDC activities and personal remembrances.
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