Memorial Book of Suvalk
(Suwałki, Poland)

54°06' / 22°56'

Translation of
Yisker Bukh Suvalk

Editor: Berl Kagan

Published in New York, 1961


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Translations by Dr. Ida Selavan Schwarcz, unless otherwise noted,
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This is a translation of: Yisker Bukh Suvalk (Memorial book of Suvalk),
Editor: Berl Kagan, New York, The Suvalk and Vicinity Relief Committee of New York, 1961 (Y, E 825 cols)

Note: The original book can be seen online at the NY Public Library site: Suwalki (1961)


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Translated by Ite Doktorski

Preface 7-8
 
A.    The First Hundred Years
 
The first hundred years of Suvalk and surroundings – Berl Cohen*
   1. How old is Suvalk? 11-19
   2. History of the Jewish settlement 19-29
   3. The economic situation 29-39
   4. Jews in agricultural settlements 39-45
   5. Emigration from Suwalk 45-60
   6. Education and culture (haskalah) 60-76
   7. Hibat Tsiyon (Love of Zion) 77-98
   8. Jewish Labor movement 97-102
   9. Institutions, societies, & community leaders 101-122
   10. Rabbis 123-196
   11. Writers 197-218
   12. Publishers 219-232
   13. Pioneers of the Yiddish & Hebrew press 232-238
   14. Press correspondents 239-240
   15. Cantors 240-243
   16. Artists 243-244
   17. Folksongs of the Suvalk region 244-250
   18. Jews and Christians once upon a time 250-251
   19. Episodes and odd occurrences 251-252
   20. Subscribers to books 252-266
   21. Bibliography 267-280
From an old diary – Eliezer Mordehai Altschuler 280-286
 
B.     Before and between the two World Wars
 
The last 40 years – Yekhezkel Berlzon 291-316
A city of active social involvement – Shmuel David Bernshteyn 315-324
In the days of the First World War – A.M. Altshuler 323-328
The progrom in Suvalk in 1914 327-332
Germans in the Talmud Torah – Eliezer Oranovsky 333-336
After the First World War – Shlomo Stutsinski 337-340
The Lithuanian Occupation – M. Shlomi-Firdman 339-342
The pogrom in 1936 – Mordekhay Zlotnitski-Zahavi 343-344
Episodes from my youth – Shmuel Sinanski-Siman 345-346
The shtetl of Ratsk – Avraham Moshe Kliman 347-348
The shtetl of Punsk – Leib Shperling, Albert Kirsh 348-350
My shtetl Baklerove – Shlomo Borowski 349-352
The shtetl Filipove – Mordekhay Pivovarski, Moshe Oshinski351-354
 
C.   Institutions, Societies, Parties
 
Suwalk – a nest of Torah – Moshe Raziel (Rozntal) 359-362
Suwalk, city of compromise – Shmuel Shori (Shvarts) 363-366
The torah–youth in Suvalk – Rabbi Yehoash Zawoznitski 365-372
The revolution years – Haim Zeligson 371-380
Suvalk institutions – Yakov Arieh Trop 379-386
Hadarim and schools – Caleb Khanowitch 387-388
Lovers of Zion in our city – Haim Zeligson 387-390
Poalei Zion in Suvalk – Leybl Hen 391-400
Zionist activities – Gedaliah Simhoni 399-403
Reminiscences of Suwalk Jews – Hannah Altshuler 403-406
Beitar – Shlomoh Riman 405-407
Suwalk “Toz” – Eliezer Sherer 407-411
Makabi – Shlomo Riman 411-420
 
D.    Characters
 
R'Binyamin and R'Mordekhay Magentsa 427-430
Portraits of scholars, community leaders, and benefactors – Rabbi Yehoash Zavoznitski 431-474
Haim Mendl Fridman – Rabbi Ahron Reuven Tsharni 473-476
Barukh Roznberg – Eliezer Perlshteyn 477-480
My family – Moshe Shlomi–Fridman 481-485
Mordekhay Shpindlman – Eliezer Perlshtyen 485-488
Hayim Koyfman – Yehudah Leyb Blekhman 487-490
Avraham Shemuel Lizshevski 489-492
Aharon Sinenski – Hava Glatshtein 491-492
Once there was… – L. Shimoni 493-504
Melamdim (Teachers) – Moshe Shelomi–Fridman 503-506
Features and episodes – Yehoshua Bachrach 505-510
Rabbi Mordehai Tzvi Halevi Waisman – A. Suvalker 509-512
Suvalk characters – Reuben Boiarski 511-514
Odd events in Suvalk – Ben Israel 513-518
The secret saint (tzaddik) – Rabbi Avraham Magentza 517-518
Suvalk nicknames – Zalman David Rozenblum 519-524
 
E.     People from Suvalk in the wide world
 
Suvalk Relief Committee – Haim Zeligson 531-566
The first people from Suvalk in New York – Haim Zeligson 567-580
Suwalk Landsmanshaft in Israel – Avraham Koyfman 579-580
 
F.     Holocaust
 
Destruction of Suwalk – Yehezkel Berlzan 595-628
On the bloody road – Hanah Levitan-Ribald 629-632
Suwalk Jews in the Slonim Ghetto – Dr. Katriel Aylender 633-636
In the Camps of Estonia – Dr. Aharon Kreshkovski (Ker) 635-636
With Jews from Suwalk in the Death Camps – Yaakov Fraymark 637-638
Perished in Lithuania – Avraham Leyb Vays 639-640
From Arkhangelsk and Back – Shlomo Gutman 639-642
Suvalk in 1957 – Hana Altschuler 643-649
Destruction of Ratzk – Mordekhay Mishel 649-650
Suwalk is No More – Kalman Abramavits 651-654
Photographs of victims from Suwalk and environs 655-672
On the fresh grave of friend, Lazar Pearlstein – Hayim Seligson 673-674
 
* * *
 
Mourning announcements 675-788
Index 789-820
TOC of the English section 821-826
 
* Berl Kagan, editor of the Suwalki yizker bukh, also wrote some articles under the Hebrew name, Berl Cohen


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