Memorial Book of Kamenets
Litovsk, Zastavye, and Colonies

(Kamyanyets, Belarus)

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Translation of
Sefer Yizkor le-Kehilot Kameints de-Lita


Edited by: Prof. Shmuel Eisendstadt and Mordechai Gilbart

Published in Tel Aviv, 1970




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Jenni Buch

 

This is a translation from: Sefer Yizkor le-Kehilot Kameints de-Lita;
Memorial book of Kamenets Litovsk, Zastavye, and colonies.
Ed. Prof. Shmuel Eisendstadt and Mordechai Gilbart. Tel Aviv, Kaminiec and Zastavye communities in Israel and the U.S.,
1970, “Orli”, Rehov Akiva Eiger 8, Tel Aviv.

Note: The original book can be seen online at the NY Public Library site: Kamieniec Litewski


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Hebrew

Translated by Yocheved Klausner

  Remember - do not Forget 11
Simcha Dubiner In eternal memory of our town and its martyrs 13
Prof. Shmuel Eisenstadt Editor's Introduction 15
 
History of our Town
 
Levi Sarid (Leybel Goldberg) The beginnings of the town Kamenets-Litowsk and its Jewish settlement 21
Yechezkel Kotik My memories 39
 
Torah Istitutions in Kamenets-Litowsk
 
David Hakohen Burstein Rav Yehoshua Hakohen Blumenthal z”l 47
Moshe Rabinowitz My grandfather, Rav Moshe Yitzhak z”l of Kamenets-Litowsk 49
Rav Yehuda Gershuni The Rav R'Ruven David Hakohen Burstein, may God avenge his blood 50
Rav Yakov Bobrovski R'Meir Zvi Putchinski z”l 58
Yechiel Belizovski The Yeshiva of Kamenets-Litowsk 59
Lea Bobrovski-Aloni The Yeshiva Kneset Bet Yitzhak 61
Rav Yitzhak Edelstein R'Baruch Dov Leibowitz, head of the Yeshiva Kamenets-Litowsk 64
 
Public Life in Kamenets-Litowsk
 
Yehudit Gront-Kutchkowitz Life of the young people in Kamenets-Litowsk 71
S. Dubiner Hechalutz in Kamenets-Litowsk 73
Chaia Krakovski-Rodnitzki Poalei Zion (united with Z.S.) in Kamenets-Litowsk 74
Pinchas Ravid-Rodnitzki The Gordonia movement in Kamenets-Litowsk 77
Bunia Kotik BEITAR and HZHR movement in Kamenets-Litowsk 80
 
Memories before the Holocaust
 
Lea Aloni-Bobrovski During the First World War 83
Yehudit Kostchkowitz Gront Kamenets-Litowsk during the First World War 87
Rav Yakov Bobrovski From my memories 90
Pinchas Ravid-Rodnitzki Memories from my home and from the town Kamenets-Litowsk 92
  Shlomo Zelig and his sons 98
  Altharka 99
Yakov Kaminski Memories and yearning 102
Penina Fleib-Bobrovski Kamenets - the town of my birth 103
 
Comunal Workers, Writers and Teachers in Kamenets-Litowsk
 
P. Rabbi The Magid of Kamenets, the Rav R'Chaim Zundl Makabi z”l 107
  - R'Menachem-Mendel of Kamenets-Litowsk 110
  - R'Israel Ashkenazi 113
Lea Aloni-Bobrovski The writer Moshe Eliahu Jack-Jarneski z”l 119
Ch. K. Baruch Eisner z”l 121
R. V. Yosef Vigotov and Bendet Vinograd 122
Prof. Shmuel Eisenstadt It happened in Kamenets-Litowsk 124
Pinchas Ravid-Rodnitzki Personalities in Kamenets  
  - Zelig the bookbinder 127
  - Aizik Shostakovski 129
  - Zev (Velvel) Chaim Kirschenbaum 130
  - Asher Sapirstein 131
  - Binyamin Bogatin 132
Chaia Krakovski-Karabelnik Hershel Zvi Sapirstein 133
Asher Glaser Leibel (Arie) Pomerantchik 135
  R'Nuske the Melamed 135
Baruch Mordechai Kotik Efraim Kotik the Father 137
 
Members of the Committee of Former Residents of Kamenets-Litowsk who passed away in Israel
 
Rav Yehuda Gershuni Zahava Gershuni 141
Asher Glaser Yehuda Rapoport 143
Chaia Krakovski-Karabelnik Tuvia Savitzki 144
Pinchas Ravid-Rodnitzki Yeshaya Rimon 146
Lea Aloni-Bobrovski Shimon Kotik 147
Dov Aloni Meir Bobrovski 149
Lea Aloni-Bobrovski Yehudit Kustchikevitz 152
Gideon Hausner Farewell words to Lea Aloni z”l 154
Shraga Aloni Lea - my sister-in-law - my sister 156
M. K. Pinchas Rabbi (Rabinowitz) 157
 
The Holocaust
 
Arie Sarid The Prayer (poem) 163
Dora Galperin The destruction of Kamenets 165
Devora Rodnitzki Singer My life in the ghettos and extermination camps 174
Yitzhak Portnoi From the Kamenets ghetto to the death camps 183
Lea Aloni-Bobrovski A tear for the loss of the people of my town 189
 
After the Destruction
 
Asher Ben Moshe Kamenets after the destruction 195
Dov (Bertchik) Shemida (Schmidt) Kamenets after the destruction 200
 
Fallen in the Homeland
 
  Michael Kotik z”l 211
Baruch Mordechai Kotik My dear som Efraim 212
  The activity of the Organization of former residents of Kamenets 217
  Memorial Ceremony 331
  Memorial Ceremony 251
  Hazkarat Neshamot - Memorial Service 281
  Necrology 281

 

Yiddish

Translated by Yocheved Klausner

  Kamenets-Litowsk Jews in Israel and in America 342
Yitzhak Katzenelson, may God avenge his blood The poem of the murdered Jewish nation
The Committee Remember and do not forget! 347
 
Introduction
 
Avraham Schudroff A monument for our destroyed hometown 349
Prof. Shmuel Eisenstadt Foreword 353
 
The Past of our Destroyed Home
 
Levi Sarid (Leybl) Goldberg) The history of Kamenets-Litowsk and its Jewish settlement 357
Yechezkel Kotik Kamenets-Litowsk 376
A letter from Shalom Aleichem to Yechezkel Kotik   386
Velvel Kostin The Jewish colonies 389
Falk Zalf z”l The first school in Zastawie 300
 
The Religious life in Kamenets-Litowsk
 
Moshe Rabinowitz The Rav R'Moshe Yitzhak Rabinowitz z”l 405
Rav Yitzhak Turetz z”l R'Baruch Ber and his great World-Yeshiva 408
Ch. Z. Mendelsohn The Rav R'Reuven Burstein z”l 409
  R'Shlomo Chaim, the Head of the Yeshiva 411
  Yom Kippur in our town 412
 
Social Life in Kamenets
 
Chaia Krakovski-Karabelnik Po'alei Zion (united with Z.S.) in Kamenets 420
Pinchas Ravid-Rodnitzki The Gordonia movement in Kamenets-Litowsk 423
 
Memories from Kamenets Before the Destruction
 
Avraham Shudroff Longing and grief for the town of my birth 429
Simcha Dubiner Our town 431
Devora Dalinski-Panski Kamenets - as I remember you 434
Malka Kortchanski-Polyakewitch My Shtetele Kamenets-Litowsk 444
Sara Horwitz In my town Kamenets, long ago 446
Chaia Gurewitz-Goldberg The “Shkola Powshechna” school 450
Hatzkel Kagan The years of my youth in Kamenets-Litowsk 452
P. Wolf z”l The “Revizor” 462
Shifra Mazover-Bachrovski Memories from my town 471
Yitzhak Schoenfeld Kamenets in War 475
Shashke Wisotzki Memories 480
Chaia Sara Binder-Rodnitzki A Torah scholar at the rabbi 482
Rachel Sofer-Renkewitch Memories 482
Doche Halperin Unpleasant recollections 487
Zlote Timianski-Gersh Unforgettable 490
Aharon Meir Joffe The Orchestra 492
Ch. Z. Mendelsohn Our town and its livelihoods 495
Yakov Aronowitz Life in Kamenets 499
Yosef Post Kamenets-Litowsk - where I have never visited 500
 
Persons in Town
 
C. Z. Mendelsohn R'Yosef Vigotov 505
Zalman Reisen Avraham Hersh Kotik 507
Prof. Shmuel Eisenstadt R'Shepsel the scribe 509
Lea Aloni-Bobrovski Shlomo Mandelblatt may God avenge his blood 513
N. N. Dr. Aizik Gorni may God avenge his blood 513
M. Neumann Yankel Zlotes z”l 516
 
Destruction and Ruin
 
Dora Galpern The destruction of Kamenets at the beginning of World War Two 521
Yitzhak Portnoi From the ghettos to the camps 534
Devora Rodnitzki-Singer What I went through 540
Dora Galpern The Kamenets ghetto (a testimony) 550
  Historical Q & A on Kamenets-Litowsk 557
 
Kamenets after the Holocaust
 
Ben-Moshe Kamenets in 1945 561
Dov Bertchik (Shemida) A journey to the past 569
  The activity of the Kamenets-Litowsk memorial committee in Israel 579
 
Kamenetser in America
 
Meir Mendel Wisnetzki Founding the Support Association in America 587
 
Kamenets-Litowsk Memorial Committee in America
 
Sara Horowitz Kamenets-Litowsk Malbish-Arumim aid Society in New-York 591
Hatzkel Kagan Memorial Day in New York on the 20th Yahrzeit of the destruction of Kamenets-Litowsk 593
 
Memorial Ceremony in Tel Aviv
 
  A letter from the chairman Yakov Ziv 603
  The Ceremony 605

 

English

The Old Home
 
Abraham Schudroff Foreword 9
Leybl Goldberg (Sarid) The Beginning of Jewish Settlement in Kamenetz 12
Leybl Goldberg (Sarid) A Short History of Kamenetz-Litovsk 26
Yehezkel Kotik My Reminiscences 29
  Short Biography of Yehezkel Kotik 38
Sholom Aleichem Letter to Yehezkel Kotik 39
Abraham Shudroff Yearning and Mourning for my Home Town 43
Dvora Dolinsky-Pansky Kamenetz as I Remember You 46
Velvel Kustin The Jewish Agricultural Colonies 56
I. Z. Mendelson The Day of Atonement in our Town 69
Hatzkel Kagan The Years of my Youth in Kamenetz 73
Itzhak Sheinfeld Kamenetz – The Memories of my Youth 85
 
The Holocaust
 
Dora Galperin The Tragedy of Jewish Kamenetz 91
Dvora Rudnitsky-Singer My Life in Ghettos and Concentration Camps 105
  The "Angel of Belsen" 117
 
Kamenetzers in the United States
 
Sarah Hurwitz The Kamenetz Society in America 127
Meir Mendel Visotsky The Establishment of Kamenetz-Litovsk Aid Society in America 130
Charles Raddock The Kamenetzer Yeshivah of America 136
Velvel Kustin The Kokhav Ya'acov Anshey Kamenetz D'Lita Society 143
 
Kamenetzers in Israel
 
  Bialik School in Tel-Aviv Perpetuates the Memory of the Community 149
Dov (Bertschik) Schmidt My Journey to Kamenetz in 1965 175
Samuel Lipchick Our Heritage 182
  To Their Memory 184
 
  Necrology  




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