Czyzewo Memorial Book
(Czyżew-Osada, Poland)

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Translation of Sefer Zikaron Czyzewo

Edited by Szymon Kanc

Published in Tel Aviv, former residents of Czyzewo in Israel and the USA, 1961


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Acknowledgments

Project Coordinator

Jennifer L. Mohr

 

Donated Translations

Translated by Dr. Jerry Sepinwall;
donated by Dr. Harriet Sepinwall and Family

Prawda family articles donated by Jane Prawda;
translated by Chana Pollack and Myra Mniewski

 

This is a translation from: Sefer Zikaron Czyzewo, Czyzewo Memorial Book,
Ed. Szymon Kanc, Tel Aviv, former residents of Czyzewo in Israel and the USA, 1961

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


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Project Notes

If you have not seen the original book, you might be interested to know that this treasure of writings, photos and artwork fills a total of 603 pages in all. Each page is divided into two columns, each column with it's own number. When the Table of Contents indicates that an article begins, for example, on page 1000, it is actually found on page 500, column 1000.

Also, the Table of Contents in the original book does not list all the articles. I have taken the liberty of adding the missing ones.

Transliterations of Yiddish and Hebrew words remain scattered throughout the writings. The first time each of those words is used, the English translation appears after the word in parentheses. We have used Polish spelling for proper names of people and towns.

Though the town name is currently Czyzew-Osada, we have kept the same spelling used in Sefer Zikaron Czyzewo to honor the Czyzewo our families knew.

Please feel free to contact me for any reason.

Jennifer L. Mohr
Project Coordinator


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Article Title Author Page
Title Pages   5
Preface to the Book   17
Song Of The Murdered Jewish People Icchok Kacenelson 21
Introduction Szymon Kanc 29
Let Us Remember!   37
Remember What Amalek Did To You The Editorial Board 45
So We Started Czyzewer landsmanschaft 49
 
The History of the Town
Once, Once…   69
A Tear For A Generous Friend I. Dawidowicz 74
An Overview of the Development and Growth of the Jewish Community in Czyzewo Dow Gorzalczany 76
A Small Detail Arthur Szrajer 107
The Development and Growth of Czyzewo Dow Gorzalczany 109
 
Community Life
The Jewish Kehila Dow Gorzalczany 129
The Cooperative Bank Dow Gorzalczany 143
Gmiles Khsodim (loans without interest) Dow Gorzalczany 149
Linat Hazedek, Bikur Holim, Hakhnasas Orhim Dow Brucarz 153
“Centos” – The Organization That Helped Jewish Children Dow Abu Szmuel 157
 
Hasidim
Hasidic Shtiblach (prayer houses) Dow Brucarz 181
My Great Father Fradl Lewinson 193
The Ger Shtibl Gerszon Gora 215
My Aleksander Shtibl Berl Szajes 225
The Amszynower Congreation in Shtetl Pinchus Frydman 237
The Fire Brigade Icchok Bursztyn 241
The Daf-Yomi Ended Icchok Bursztyn 243
A Day in Czyzewo Shmuel Abarbanel 245
A Maskil (enlightened man) Among Hasidim Gad Zaklilowski 253
The Great Quarrel Hyman (Anshel) Kowadlo 259
The Great Peace A. Wiewiurka 265
Hassidim in the Town Aron Jablonka 273
The Gaon Reb Szmuel Dawid of Holy Blessed Memory Rabbi Lewinson 281
Rabbi Szmuel Dawid Zabludower of Holy Blessed Memory Gerszon Gora 285
The Rabbinate of Czyzewo Gerszon Gora 293
My Grandfather Gerszon Gora 303
One of the Five Gerszon Gora 307
Reb Zebulon Grosbard Aron Tapuchy 313
The Admor Rabbi Boruch of Czyzewo Rabbi Tankhum Rubinsztejn 317
 
Youth Movements and Political Parties
Youth Organizations and the Zionist Movement Icchok Szlaski 329
The Mizrachi Organization in Czyzewo Eliahu Gora 355
Memories from the Hachsharah Kibbutz in Czyzewo Aryeh Porat 361
The Zionist Organziations Icchok Szlaski 367
The Movement “For A Working Eretz Israel” Malka Szejman 371
Freedom Leja Dymentman 379
My Father's Agony and Ecstasy When Organizing the Mizrakhi Matisyahu Prawda 383
Agudas Israel Gerszon Gora 387
I Say Goodbye to the Shtetl Gerszon Gora 395
The First Buds of Communism Icchok Gora 400
Communits Dow Gorzalczany 405
Bundists Dow Gorzalczany 411
 
Theater
The First Flash of the Yiddish Theater in Czyzewo Dow Brukarz 421
Days and Nights on the Magic Stage Symcha Gromadzyn 425
Third and Last Period Dow Gorzalczany 433
The Library “Beit Am” Dow Gorzalczany 437
 
Way of Life
Jewish Towns in Polnad Chaim Grade 457
Our Guards, They Come and Collect Aron Jablonka 461
I Remember the First Strike Dow Brukarz 469
Hederim, Schools, Teachers and Melamdim Dow Brukarz 473
A Ray of Light from Past Years Dow Brukarz 477
New Winds Dow Brukarz 483
A Regular Market Day Dow Brukarz 489
My Melamdim Dow Brukarz 503
Types in the Shtetl Dow Brukarz 511
Czyzewo's Tzitzis Maker Dow Brukarz 517
Reb Benjamin the Tailor Dow Brukarz 531
Icchok Aron Dow Brukarz 535
The Purim Shpiler Dow Brukarz 537
A Visit to the Shtetl After Thirteen Years Dow Brukarz 539
The Days of the Polish-Bolshevik War Dwojra Brukarz 545
How the Cossacks arrested me Symcha Galina (New York) 553
My Good Father Symcha Prawda 559
My Homily Symcha Prawda 567
The Holy Billy Goat Symcha Prawda 571
Klezmorim (musicians) A. Ritholc 579
Gentle Souls and Kind Hearts of My Little Town Czyzewo Chaikeh Cikrovich (Prawda) 587
Hevra Mishnayes Sz. Gromadzyn 593
The Bridge Eliahu Gora 597
Bright and Dark Days M. Szczupakiewicz 599
My Shtetl Arja Gorzalczany 611
Chaim Judel Troc Arja Gorzalczany 613
Judel Wapniak Arja Gorzalczany 615
Bunim's Icchok Arja Gorzalczany 623
Lejzor Josel's Testatment Arja Gorzalczany 629
The Nightmare Malka Lubelczyk 633
My Grandfather Tells a Story Malka Lubelczyk 636
Nuske Szejman Icchok Szlaski 637
My Mother Icchok Szlaski 641
The Light From Our Home Berl and Chana 649
The Pogrom   667
The Scroll of Blood Gerszon Gur 695
Once Upon A Time There Was A Shtetl Icchok Bursztyn 699
A Walk Through Czyzewo's Streets Gerszon Góra 713
Water-Carrier Dow Brukarz 751
Water-Carrier Aron Jablonka 755
 
People and Personalities
Mejer Richter Yisrael Weintraub 763
Reb Jechiel Oszer Prawda D. Gorzalczany 765
Alter Hasofer I. Szlaski 769
The Shofar (ram's horn) Blower G. Gora 776
Reb Alter Walmer Dow Gorzalczany 781
Reb Szmuel Zeev and Lea Kandel Kandel sons 785
The Lithuanian G. Gora 786
The Waker G. Gora 789
The Cantor of the Town G. Gora 795
Sukes at Reb Icl's G. Gora 798
Prayer Leader G. Gora 804
The Walker G. Gora 809
Flocks of Holy Ones G. Gora 812
My Parents Isachar Okon 817
Our Parents Ch. Kirszenbojm 821
Israel-Szlama's, Mendel D. Gorzalczany 825
Fiszel Lubelczyk Bat-Szewa and Szlama 829
 
Memories
The Jewish Shtetl Jeruchem Halewi 833
Czyzewo – One Among Many P. Frydman 836
The Shtetl During Holidays A. Jablonka 837
The Bridge Eliahu Gora 845
The Footsteps of Our Ancestors Jerachmiel Eliasz 847
My Small Shtetl Dalia Sznajderman 849
Father! Rochel Wengosz 852
 
Destruction and Holocaust
The Death of the Jewish Population in Czyzewo Shimon Kanc 855
During the “Quiet” Days Yitzhak Wrona 859
Desolate Days and Nights Jentl Kitaj 863
The Walk Through Every Hell M. Kitaj 891
The Road of Suffering I. Nowinsztern 913
In the Valley of Lament and Fear E. Cukerman 967
How I Smuggled Food I. Wyprawnik 977
In the Circle of Death's Agony Sz. Monczarz 979
On The Way to Auschwitz Sz. Ben-Zahabi 989
I Escaped from Auschwitz Sara Ben–Ari 995
In the Abyss of the Appalling Holocaust M. Rejczyk 999
Across Rivers of Tears and Seas of Blood I. Fencter 1017
The First Days of Burning Hate A. Kandel & Ch. Belfer 1021
My Experiences during the Years of the Second World War Mirl Walmer-Biderman 1029
Through Flames and Smoke B. Bolender 1039
Czyzewo – Siberia – Canada M. Blajwajs 1049
Propelled by Fear of the Swastika F. Lewinson 1063
Years of Banishment Sz. Lubelczyk 1079
Blind Destiny D. Saba 1089
Majdanek Gerszone 1095
 
After the Deluge
A Look at My Destroyed Shtetl Ch. Gromadzyn 1099
In The Ruins of Czyzewo D. Daba 1103
In The Footprints of a Disappeared Jewish Life I. Dawidowicz 1121
Czyzewo Jews – Where Are They? I. Dawidowicz 1135
We Will Guard Your Sacred Memory D. Gorzalczany 1141
Acitivites of the Czyzewo Landsmanschaftn in America and Israel   1147
Dedicated to the Anonymous Donor Editorial Board 1155
Memorial Candles   1157


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