AVRAHAM CHAIM GOLDBERG
The tailor Avraham Chaim Goldberg lived not far from my grandmother, Rivka
Moshkeles, of blessed memory. Anyone who can remember Olyka from those days
during the First World War will certainly recall quiet hardworking Avraham
Chaim, who calmly and modestly lived from his tailoring business. He was also
active in community affairs with no thought of monetary compensation for his
activities. He was always the manager [gabbai] of the Chevra Kadisha [Burial
Society]. Every year, on the sabbath morning of the reading of the first Torah
portion [Bereshis], he sponsored a kiddush in synagogue. He would keep in touch
with neighboring shtetls and would tell them that if there were any fugitives
from the front who wanted to hide, he would hide them in his cellar. He was
able to take in 14 Jews, arrange a "bunker" for them in his cellar
and provide them with food, drink and clothing almost until the very end of the
Someone reported him to the authorities and one of his fugitives was captured.
Avraham Chaim was given a death sentence, and the entire town together with the
Rebbe interceded on his behalf. Thanks to their mediation, he was spared.
May these few words serve as a testimony to the illustrious image of Avraham
Chaim the tailor from our town, Olyka.
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