with dum-dum bullets, and the murderers quickly returned to their unit at the station after the executions.
[Photo:] Shmuel Fishman At the new cemetery in Drohitchin. He is standing near the graves of his sister, Batsheva and her children Feigele, 12, and Chashele, 14, who were brutally murdered together with 14 other Jews by the murderous Balakhovitch gang members (who joined with the Poles to fight the Bolsheviks) in Zakazelia in 1921. May G-d avenge their blood!
If the Polish government at that time had not been saturated by anti-Jewish hatred, they could have easily captured the unit, and found out who the people were who were responsible for the massacre. It should be noted as a historical fact, however, that the Polish regime quietly agreed to the behavior of their partners, Batka [Papa] Balakhovitch gangs, who rampaged across Polesia, committing horrific pogroms against the Jewish population, and didn't take any action to stop the murderers and punish the guilty. This also occurred to dozens and hundreds Jewish victims who fell to their bloody hands in Pinsk and surrounding areas and many villages between Kamen-Kashirsk (Kovel district) Libeshei and Pinsk.
A large part of the bloody acts that were perpetrated against many Jewish victims was memorialized by the famous Zionist from Pinsk and community activist, R. Avraham Asher Feinstein, under the title, "The Scroll of the calamity in Pinsk and surrounding region during the Balakhovitchist regime."
Returning to the 17 martyrs of Zakazelia, it took five days to receive the permit from the Polish authorities to bury them in a Jewish cemetery. Three to four Jews from Zakazelia and I didn't leave the victims for a moment during that period. We recited psalms and studied Mishnah, and were overcome with hot tears. This was my "food" during the entire 5 days.
All of Drohitchin was in deep mourning when the funeral procession of five carts went through the streets on the way to the cemetery. The entire Jewish population, young and old, led by the rabbis, accompanied the dead to their eternal rest with heart-rendering wailing, which must have torn the heavens and risen straight to the Divine Throne. There were 17 eulogies made by rabbis and businessmen. I eulogized the dead with heart-felt words, beginning with the verse from Lamentations, "Woe, G-d, what has happened to us? Look at us and see our shame."
The 17 graves were prepared, and 17 Mourner's Prayers were recited. The entire mournful congregation remained silent and returned home in a tearful mood and with bowed heads, reciting the prayer, "Lord of the Universe, avenge the blood of your servants!"
Who could have thought that 25 years later, the American émigrés from Drohitchin would publish a special Yizkor Book dedicated to the sacred memory of the entire Jewish community of the beloved and dear town of Drohitchin, which was so brutally destroyed in a Sanctification of G-d's Name, together with hundreds of Jewish cities, towns and villages at the hands of the German murderers, whose people descend from Amalek, Pharoah, Haman, Torquemada, Khmelnitsky, Balakhovitch, and many others.
Woe to our People who lived through this!!
May these pages, written with pain and blood from my heart, serve as an eternal monument for my dear unforgettable sister, Batsheva, and her two small daughters, blooming flowers, and to the 14 other martyrs of Zakazelia in 1921, as well as to many hundreds of Drohitchin émigrés men, women and children who died in the Sanctification of G-d's Name in 1942-43, may G-d avenge their blood!
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