He told me about a group of Krynkers, of which he was one, that meets periodically to gather memories of the hometown and jot them down as possible material for a projected Yizkor Book, and they correct each other in order to be as factual as possible. I encouraged Bendet and thought that that this was a good way in which to gather material for a memorial book.
Bendet asked me if I would agree to join them in preparing the book that the Krynkers planned to publish. I answered that I was prepared to discuss the matter further, but the main point was that the Krynkers would have to create this book on their own. I might be interested if this were a fitting memorial and dealt specifically with the Krynker community, according to my concept and the research material that I had gathered during a previous search (in the Spring of 1920 to organize a first Pioneer aliyah to Israel). In the meantime they should gather necessary documents and other material, especially about the Holocaust.
Two lovely years passed and I was invited to interpret meanings with the initiators of the Pinkus. These meetings convinced me that these people were serious and they had the right material to publish a book. We thoroughly discussed the situation and in good faith and mutual understanding resolved the following points.
It is on this basis that the soul of the book, Pinkus Krynki, that lies before you, was built, even though we could not obtain all the information we wanted.
For instance, we were short on historical facts and even statistics (about the Krynki population, for example). The Krynker Landslayt organization in Israel turned to the Krynki municipal government and to the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw and begged for help in finding these facts and to have them sent to us. But it did not help.
We had to make do with the material that was readily available and set up, for instance, only sporadic historic chapters and thinly spread bits and pieces. But we brought the substance to the Pinkus - which you can read for yourself and which we already wrote about in the introduction.
The Pinkus was produced entirely by Krynker landslayt, through their brotherly cooperation and warm response in writing for the book, several due to their memories and cleverness, others by gathering material together, including photographs, etc.
In the end, I feel it is necessary - my duty to mention and praise all those dear volunteers who organized the Pinkus in general, from the book committee and my editorial colleagues and especially the man who spear-headed the project Bendet Nisht-Nib. Despite the obstacles, he persevered through the years and being a man who does what he says and who completes his projects he brought the Pinkus Krynki to press.
He deserves our heartfelt thanks!
Jerusalem, 15 Shevat [January] 5730 
And a special thanks to the artist Mrs. Nuta Kozlowsky (Chicago) who furnished the sketches of the Holocaust for the Pinkus.
Praise all of them.
1. Lev Mashal, son of Tuvia and Feyga, Born 1911 in Krynki, lived and worked in Bialystok, a member of the Underground, fell during the uprising, August 1943. Details supplied by Geler.
2. Kolia and wife, from Krynki, belong to the Underground in Bialystok ghetto, perished August 1943.
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