This list of the martyrs of Dembitz, who perished in the Holocaust, which is presented down in this section, was gathered from natives of our city and the neighboring villages under very difficult circumstances. We have attempted not to omit anyone – relatives reported about their families, neighbors about their neighbors and acquaintances, but nevertheless, we could not always obtain complete information, especially with respect to children and elderly parents. In some cases we were unable to determine the relationships between those mentioned in this list, and it is possible that, aside from the omissions, there are also errors. With this in mind, we beg forgiveness from the relatives and friends who perhaps will be upset. May the souls of the forgotten ones be bound up for eternity alongside all those mentioned.
The first Admor and head of the rabbinical court of Dembitz was the holy Rabbi Reuven Horowitz the son of the holy Rabbi Eliezer, the head of the rabbinical court of Dzikow, who was the son of Rabbi Naftali of Ropczyce of holy blessed memory, who was the son of the holy Gaon Rabbi Menachem Rubin, the head of the rabbinical court of Lisko, who was the son of the holy Gaon Reb Yaakov of holy blessed memory, the head of the rabbinical court of Lisko.
The above mentioned holy Rabbi Menachem (Rubin) Lisker was the son-in-law of the holy Gaon Rabbi Yitzchak HaLevi Ish Horowitz of holy blessed memory, the head of the rabbinical court of the three holy communities known as Ahe  (Hamburg, Altona, and Essenbach). He was the son of the holy Gaon Rabbi Yaakov Halevi Ish Horowitz of holy blessed memory, known as Reb Yokel, the head of the rabbinical court of Glogow. He was the son of the holy Gaon Reb Meir HaLevi, the head of the rabbinical court of Tyktin. He was the son of the holy Gaon Rabbi Shemlke HaLevi Ish Horowitz of holy blessed memory, the head of the rabbinical court of Tarnow. He was the son of the holy Gaon Rabbi Yehoshua Aroch, the head of the rabbinical court of Premisla, and who can trace his holy roots back to the holy Rashal and Rashi, and all the way back until King David, may peace be upon him.
After the death of the holy Gaon Rabbi Reuven of holy blessed memory, his eldest son the holy Gaon Rabbi Alter was appointed as the head of the rabbinical court of Dembitz. He died, may Heaven protect us, after a short time without leaving any children. His younger brother, the Gaon Rabbi Shmuel Horowitz of holy blessed memory, was accepted as the rabbi and head of the rabbinical court.
Rabbi Shmuel was the son-in-law of the Gaon and Tzadik of Przytiki, who was a descendent of holy stock, of Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk of holy blessed memory and of Rabbi Kopel of Lukow. He died in his fifty-fourth year, and his son the holy Gaon Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech, may G-d avenge his blood, was appointed in his stead. He conducted the rabbinate until the end of the city, which was destroyed by the cruel ones, may their names and memories be blotted out.
The following are the holy sons of the Gaon and Tzadik Rabbi Shmuel of holy blessed memory, who were killed by unnatural deaths by the enemies until the year 5703, may G-d avenge their blood.
a) His son the Gaon and Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech, the last head of the rabbinical court of Dembitz of the Horowitz family. His wife was Hinda the daughter of the holy Gaon and Tzadik, the Admor of Ropszyce, of the Shapira family, descended from the Blazowa and Dinowa dynasties. They were killed with their four daughters, may G-d avenge their deaths.
b) The holy Tzadik Rabbi Chaim Yaakov, who was killed in Dembitz along with his wife Sara of an important family from Przytiki, along with their four children.
c) His daughter Nechama along with her husband the Tzadik Rabbi Moshe Halberstam of Tzanz, who was a son and grandson of holy rabbis and Admorim, along with five children, may G-d avenge their blood.
d) His daughter Etel and her husband the Tzadik and Gaon Rabbi Shlomo Eichenstein, who was the rabbi and head of the rabbinical court of the communities of Chodorow and Siedliska, a descendent of the Zidichov and other dynasties, along with their seven children, may G-d avenge their deaths.
e) His daughter Mirl along with her six children, may G-d avenge their blood. Her husband the Gaon Rabbi A. Wagschal of Radomysl was saved with the help of G-d, and lives with his new family in the United States.
f) His daughter Beila along with her three children, and their father the Gaon and Tzadik Rabbi Avrahamile Horowitz, may G-d avenge their blood. He was the son of the holy rabbi and Gaon Rabbi Eliahu Horowitz of holy blessed memory of Zwolen, the son of the holy Gaon Rabbi Naftali Chaim of holy blessed memory, who set up his home in the Land of Israel and died there. He was the descendent of the holy Admorim of Dzikow, Ropszyce, Tzanz, may their merit protect us.
A lone daughter of the Tzadik Rabbi Avrahamile and his wife Beila of Dembitz, the Rebbetzin Rechil, may she live long, was saved with Divine mercy after suffering great tribulations. She was hidden in the Dembitz ghetto in the attic of a gentile house for more than 24 months along with members of her first husband's family the Wolf and Reich families of Dembitz.. Her first husband was murdered in the Plaszow Concentration Camp, may G-d avenge his blood. After the liberation she married her relative Rabbi Yoel Halperin, who was the rabbi of Jaslow and the chief rabbi of Bergen-Belsen after the liberation. Today, they live in the United States, and he is the rabbi of the Jaslow and Dembitz communities of New York.
The fourth daughter of the holy
rabbi and Gaon, Rabbi Shmuel Horowitz of blessed memory, Rebetzin Chava Perel,
may she live long, along with her husband the Tzadik and Gaon Rabbi Yitzchak
Horowitz, the Admor of Mielec may he live long, and their five children live in
the United States, having arrived before the war.
By Rabbi Yoel Halperin, the head of the Rabbinic court of Jaslow and Bergen-Belsen from the Ropczyce-Tsanz-Premishlan-Zolochow lines. Author of Asuf Takanot Agunot. Currently residing in Brooklyn. May G-d protect him, Amen.
The holy Gaon Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Frankel of holy blessed memory, the son of the Tzadik and Admor Rabbi Avrahamele of holy blessed memory of Wielopole.
My mother the righteous Rebbetzin Gitel the daughter of the Rabbi and Gaon Efraim Frankel who perished in sanctification of the name of God in Dembitz on the 7th of Av.
Their son Rabbi Avraham Frankel and his wife Chava, their children Tirza, Naftali Chaim, Tzipora and three other children.
Their daughter Shifrale with her only son Avrahamele, and her husband Rabbi Asher Anshel Zeltanreich.
Their son Efraim of holy blessed memory, of the city of Mielec, Galicia.
Their daughter Etel Frankel, the wife of Rabbi Meir and their four children of the city of Dambrowa.
Their daughter Breindel Frankel the wife of Rabbi Chaim Yosef of holy blessed memory, the son of the holy rabbi and Tzadik, the head of the rabbinical court of Makowa, with their three young children, may G-d avenge their deaths.
Their son the rabbi and Tzadik Meir and his family, may G-d avenge their deaths.
Their daughter Freidel, with her family and children, may G-d avenge their deaths.
Their son Rabbi Yaakov Menachem, may G-d avenge his death.
|Family Name||Given Name||Remarks|
|Ader||Liba||her husband and their daughter|
|Ader||Wolf||and his family|
|Ader||Roiza||the daughter of Yochanan Sommer|
|Elimelech||their son and his wife|
|Unger||Asher||the son-in-law of Reb Yoel Gritzman|
|Izrael||(the boiler-maker) and his family|
|Gittel (nee Mahler)||his wife|
|Yaakov||their son and his family|
|Yosef||their son and his family|
|Tauba Sommer||their daughter|
|Beila Guter||their daughter|
|Sala Steiner||their daughter|
|Hinda Cymbler||their daughter and their families|
|Eisen||Yosef||the son-in-law of Yoel Gritzman|
|Chaya Sara||his wife|
|Eyal||Michel||and his family|
|Oling||Gittel - Wasserstrum||her husband|
|Oling||Yechezkel||and his wife|
|Alster||Elimelech||and his wife|
|Ostern||the engineer and his wife|
|Appel||Yaakov||the son-in-law of Efraim Hakeh|
|Yaakov||their son and his family|
|Yosef||their son and his family|
|Keila Hachheizer||their daughter|
|Yechezkel Hachheizer||her husband|
|Reizel (nee Hollander)||his wife|
|Ascheim||Shimshon||and his wife|
|Tzvia (nee Goldfarb)||his wife|
|Balsam||Shlomo Mordechai||their son|
|Gittel Rachel||his daughter|
|Sara Golda||his wife|
|Shlomo Mordechai||his son|
|Balsam||Yechiel Michel||his son|
|Gittel Rachel||his wife|
|Balsam||Riva Basha||her daughter|
|Shabtai||their son and his family|
|Miriam (nee Rosenbaum)||his wife and their children|
|Borer||Avraham||and his family|
|Isser||and his family|
|Buchner||Hershel||the son-in-law of Zisha Precker|
|Buxbaum||Golda||the daughter of Reb Shmuel Fishlerhis wife and their children|
|Sheindel Rivka||his wife|
|Nechama Dershowitz||their daughter|
|Dov Aryeh Dershowitz||her son|
|Blumenkel||Yosef||and his wife|
|Blevis||Hersh David||and his wife|
|Becher||(with Dr. Hertzig)|
|Bek||Yaakov||the son of Reuven|
|Ber||Sima Bina-Horowitz||their daughter|
|Yitzchak Elimelech||her husband|
|Ber||Rivka||the daughter of Aaron|
|Bronka||the daughter of Aaron|
|Sala||the daughter of Aaron|
|Ber||Elimelech||the son of Aaron|
|Bronka Mingelgrin||their daughter|
|Etke||and her family|
|Dvora||the daughter of Pinchas|
|Miriam||the daughter of Pinchas|
|Berta (nee Kazshenik)||his wife|
|Sara (nee Derfler)||and their children|
|Berel||Nechemia||and his wife|
|Berel||Shlomo||his wife and their children|
|Bernstein||Alter||and his wife|
|Bras||Anda - Hauser||the daughter of Yehuda|
|Bras||Fela - Grünspan||the daughter of Yehuda|
|Zigmond Grünspan||her husband|
|Brik||Chaim||and his wife|
|Brik||Aaron||and his wife|
|his wife (nee Eyal)|
|Mendel||their son and their family|
|Shlomo Leib||their son|
|Goldblatt||Moshe||and his wife|
|Goldblatt||Baruch||the son-in-law of Rosenblatt and his family|
|Chana, Sara||and other sisters|
|Doba Zisel||their daughter|
|Goldberg||Moshe||the son of Yechezkel|
|Goldman||Moshe||the son of Avraham|
|Hinda||the daughter of Avraham|
|Esther Freiberger||the daughter of Avraham her husband and daughter|
|Sara Zlata||his wife|
|Beila Feilbogen||their daughter|
|Goldfarb||Eliezer||the son of Zelig|
|Feiga||their daughter and her husband|
|Goldflus||the pharmacist and his wife|
|Ganz||Yitzchak||and his wife|
|Ganz||Mendel||and his family|
|Ganz||Aaron David||and his family|
|Gezshiv||Feivel||and his wife|
|Rivtsha||his daughterand other family members|
|Gleicher||Moshe||his wife and their children|
|Glickman||Mordechai||and his wife|
|Miriam (nee Ofen)||his wife|
|Moshe Yaakov||their son|
|Gelb||Shimon||and his wife and their daughter|
|Yisrael Meir||and his family|
|Leib||and his family|
|Gembitziner||Menashe||and his family|
|Gembitziner||Hershel||and his family|
|Gembitziner||Meir||and his family|
|Nicha Kurtz||his daughter|
|Moshe Kurtz||her husband|
|Aryeh Kurtz||their son|
|Dvora (nee Kanner)||his wife|
|Dvora (nee Mahler)||his wife|
|Rachel (nee Sapir)||his wife|
|Grünspan||Yitzchak||the son of Nathan|
|Chana (nee Faust)||his wife|
|Feiga (nee Peper)||his wife|
|Gritzman||Shmuel||the son of Moshe Peper may he live long|
|Dar||Feivel||and his family|
|Dar||Reuven||and his wife|
|Eidek||their son, and another son|
|Diller||Yaakov Yitzchak||and his wife and daughters|
|Breindel Strum||his daughter|
|Dereshowitz||Beinish||and his family|
|Dershowitz||Asher||the son of Shlomo may he live long|
|Gittel||the daughter of Shlomo|
|Leib||the daughter of Shlomo|
|Derfler||Feivel||and his wife|
|Dreilich||Israel||and his wife|
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