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The Czenstochower Patronat in Los Angeles

Translated by Gloria Berkenstat Freund

In 1933, when the dark clouds of the coming fascist terror in Europe encouraged the dark powers in Poland to carry out pogroms, there awoke in us, the Czenstochower in Los Angeles, the feeling of responsibility for our brothers and sisters in Poland who struggled with pride for their equal rights.

At the beginning of 1933, we, a group of Czenstochower landsleit [people from the same town] (Max and Tessie Feffer, Shirley and Jack Sztibl, Leah and Chaim Leib Szwarc, comrades Israel, May and Harry Grauman) founded the first Patronat [group to provide assistance to political prisoners] on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. We received the trust and encouragement of our sister organization in New York. We had

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functioned for more than a year as a Czenstochower aid organization for political arrestees in Czenstochow and its surrounding areas (Patronat).

Whereas there were not many Czenstochower landsleit then in Los Angeles, it later was decided to become a territorial Patronat that encompassed landsleit from various cities and towns in Poland. Therefore, we changed the name of our committee to Los Angeles Aid Committee for Political Arrestees in Poland (Patronat).

The central committee of the Polish Patronats in New York gave us the great honor of assuming the care of the two prisons in Poland, Fardan and Rawicz, where the majority of the female political arrestees were held. With pride and honor, we carried out our humanitarian aid work on behalf of the fighters [against] and [those martyred to] Polish fascism.

In 1938 our Patronat helped found the Novi Dvor and Vilna Patronat in Los Angeles and together we carried out a series of undertakings and several Patronat meetings against the wild murderers of the Jews in Poland.

Our organization was involved with the important aid work until August 1939 when the Nazi beasts attacked Poland.

The writer of these lines is proud that he was the co-founder and secretary of Czenstochower Patronat and later the general secretary of the General Patronat.

Let us hope that for the so heavily tested Polish Jewry, along with all of humanity, a new epoch of good fortune begins.

 


Bulletins and announcements from Czenstochower organizations in America

 


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Rozenblat–Dykerman Circle in New York

Translated by Gloria Berkenstat Freund

While still living, Sol Dykerman and Chaya Rozenblat expressed a wish to create a circle for the Dykerman, Kuperman and Tanski families. The purpose of the circle was that the members of the families should stay together.

For various reasons, the circle was founded after their deaths. Its founders were Benjamin Rozenblat, Max Dykerman, Benny, Harry and Morris Kuperman, as well as Dovid Tanski.

Almost all the members of the mentioned families belong to the circle, which numbers over 100 members. Its task is to bring the three families closer together, for them to know each other better, to spend time together and to help everyone who is in need.

The circle comes together once a month and interesting evenings are presented. The atmosphere is a very joyful, intimate one. Meeting each other on one platform, the thread of family that until now had been almost torn becomes connected and stronger.

The circle has a special fund from which gifts are given to members at various opportunities, as well as support for the needy. A committee of two members allocates the support and the question does not have to be brought before the wider membership. This is so as not to embarrass the needy.

The circle had 25 members in the army, among them: Major Hyman Ditman, doctor of medicine; Lieutenant Hyman Rozenblat, in the navy, doctor of philosophy, and Lieutenant Sol Morey. The circle maintained close contact with the members in the army and navy. Packages were sent regularly to every one of them. War Bonds were bought for 100,000 dollars. The circle supported various institutions such as the Red Cross, hospitals and so on. The circle is doing its duty now in the campaign for the Jews in Poland.

The circle plans to strengthen its existence through the creation of medical help in every form for its members.

 


A meeting of the members of the Rozenblat–Dykerman Circle

 

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