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Kehilat Svislots; Pelekh Grodno
Edited by: H. Rabin
Tel Aviv, former residents of Swislocz in Israel, 1961
William K. Rosenbloom
This is a translation from:
Kehilat Svislots; Pelekh Grodno
(The community of Swislocz, Grodno District)
ed. H. Rabin, Tel Aviv, former residents of Swislocz in Israel, 1961.
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We wanted to insure that the present and all future generations were able to hear the words in this book as they were spoken; to know the actual thoughts and words of those who remembered our families, and the place they called home.
The writers were not famous authors and wordsmiths skilled in the use of language.
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|Introduction||The Editorial Board||5|
|We Will Remember||H.S. Rubin||7|
|The history of the community of Svisloch||R. Agushevitz||13|
|The Spiritual Leadership:|
|Rabbi Meir Yona the commentator of Haitur||19|
|The rabbis after R'Meir Yona||22|
|Rabbi Shneor Zalman Pines Of blessed memory||23|
|The Rav Rabbi Yosef Rosin Of blessed memory||24|
|Our Master Rabbi Mordechai Edelberg, May the Lord avenge his blood||25|
|The Rav R'Chaim Yakov Mishkinski Of blessed memory||28|
|Institutions of Torah, Education and Culture||H.S. Rubin||31|
|Sislevitch and its Teachers [Y]||Elijah Ein||36|
|The Modern Heder [the modern school]||N. Eden||45|
|The Hebrew School in Svisloch||S. Finkelstein||46|
|Memories and experiences from my studies at school||S. Finkelstein||50|
|My town Svisloch||Yakov Niv||52|
|From my memories following a list of names||Naftali Eden||57|
|Intellectuals in Svisloch [Y]||Eliyahu Ayin||59|
|The social life in Svisloch in our generation||David Zilberblat||65|
|The beginning of Tzeirei Zion Movement in Svisloch||Y.D. Agushevits||68|
|From the history of Zionism in our town||Feivel Ziontz Of blessed memory||69|
|God's candle was not extinguished||Naftali Eden||71|
|The Synagogue Street||Z. Finkelstein||74|
|My grandfather R'David Maizel Of blessed memory||S. Finkelstein||78|
|Shmuel Goldberg Of blessed memory||Z. P-N||79|
|Svisloch in our Generation [Y]||Keile Zakota||81|
|My friend Feivel Rubin May the Lord avenge his blood||H.S. Rubin||88|
|Memories from my home [lit. my father's house]||Yafa Szpak- Ravitzki||91|
|Avigdor Brezintski May the Lord avenge his blood||Z. Finkelstein||94|
|In their memory||S. Finkelstein||96|
|The Jewish settlements near Svisloch||N. Eden||98|
|The Revenge on the Inspector [Y]||Eliyahu Ayin||99|
|Oh, my Little Town! [Y]||Dvora Eden||105|
|The destruction of Svisloch||A. Ayin||108|
|The terrible torture that Svisloch's Jews endured in the Volkavisk Ghetto||The Editor||112|
|From Yerachmiel's letter, a Svisloch Partisan||116|
|I am a woman who saw destitution||Gitel Slepek-Schechter||118|
|Svisloch [Y]||M. Lis||130|
|My wanderings||Moshe Rubin||132|
|From a letter [Y]||Yakov Panter||135|
|Avraham Ayin Of blessed memory||The Editor||140|
|Twelve Years of Relief Work [Y]||Avraham Ayin||141|
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