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"The parchment burns, but the letters rise heavenward." (Tractate
18). The German murderers killed and burned the holy martyrs in order to hide
all traces of their butchery! Those martyrs didn't even get a grave, but our
"Scroll of Fire," written in letters of fire will soar across the
whole world; from the
from the extinguished sparks, shall arise
[the Hebrew word for 'fire']. The burned bodies of the martyrs will turn into
fiery, glowing and flying images, and strike the minds of their murderers with
the pointers the rabbis taught the alphabet to the children in the
[religious elementary schools].
Even if hundreds of years from now there only exists only a single copy of the Drohitchin Book in some far away museum, archive or library, the exterminated Jewish community of Drohitchin will live forever in history!
We realize that there is repetition of information in the Yizkor Book; we intentionally left it in because we specifically wanted to immortalize the various versions that were provided by several individuals in their descriptions of the Holocaust, and who survived the slaughter and hell of the Germans. This is because each version makes a unique contribution. We believe that every single letter, groan and cry that is put to paper at the feverish moment of suffering and rage is history itself! It reflects the very survival of the moment described! The truth is that none of the contributors could have expressed their survival in as such a strong way as the way we have expressed it in this book. Therefore, we have immortalized every written description and document that is even remotely related to Drohitchin.
We also realize that not everything that could, or should, be written about Drohitchin has been described in this book, and the opposite is also true. However, even the small amount described in this book arrived with great difficulty. The most difficult job was the revising, assembling and editing of the material, which was in extremely raw condition. In addition, most of the articles had to be revised both in style and form, and recreated them, giving them life and spirit. Afterwards, we had to correct and classify the material, break up and lay out the pages, and read the corrected versions (dozens of times). This was all done and written by one person. It's no wonder that it has taken so long to publish this book.
We should mention Zalman Shevinsky, the originator of the book, and Gedaliah Kaplan, who assembled part of the original unedited material and photos. We extend a heartfelt congratulations to the administrative committee and everyone else who participated in getting the Yizkor Book published. We did the work; now the Drohitchin Book belongs to our esteemed readers and friends. It's now up to critics and historians to judge it.
15 Shvat 5714
Rabbi Dov B. Warshavsky
[January 19, 1954 Tu Bishvat]
With G-d's Help. Printed on 15 Shvat 5718
[February 5, 1958 Tu Bishvat]
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