by Yaacov Szmulewicz
Translated from the Yiddish by his nephew Asher Szmulewicz
During the years before the outbreak of World War II, the library was located in the center of the town, in a house that belonged to Chaim Mass. The cultural institution was comprised of three rooms on the first floor:
- A reading room;Close to the library were located:
- A library lending room, where books were lent up to three times a week; and
- A room for the free discussion club.
- A cultural club that organized conferences, crossword evenings and various social events;The teachers were close friends:
- A dramatic club that gave theatrical performances and poem recitals in the evenings; and
- A teaching – tutoring group that gave evening courses dedicated to most neediest learners among workers and people who did not have the opportunity to learn during their childhood at school.
Aaron Szmulewicz and Zelda Berkowicz – Yiddish;The same friends were also active in the cultural club and they organized lectures on Friday's evenings about literature and political themes. After the lectures there were discussions. The lectures were lead by Dr. Yossef Kruk, and they were very successful (and popular).
Shlomit Marder – Polish; and
Yaacov Szmulewicz – arithmetic.
That is how the cultural activities were conducted in Klobuck until the beginning of the World War II.
The Klobuck Jewish youth, most of whom were from poor families, living in poverty, found consolation from their hardship in the books and cultural activities. The young people lived with the illusion of a free and happy life that could be brought to the world by culture and enlightenment. But instead of the dreamed liberty there was bloodshed brought by the German hordes who put an end to the most beautiful illusions.
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