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Associations of Former Staszowers
in Israel and the World

 

[Page 687]

For The Publication of This Book

by Yoel Fishof, Hadera

Translated by Maya Haiman, third generation of Staszow descendants

I address these words to you my friends, Staszow descendants! Do not blame me for over emotion. I am convinced that you, like me, will be moved when reading this book.

The idea of a memorial book that will unfold the long history of our Staszow community has been raised since the arrival of the first emigrants - the holocaust survivors. But then it was only a far-away dream, even its beginning unclear. And now that the time has come and the dream is coming true – we are overflowed with joy. This joy however, is mixed with sorrow and pain for the fact that there is a need for such books, and for the cruel destiny of all those that their story they tell.

Poverty, hardship and sorrow were not the only things we experienced in our old burnt home. Out of this home also burst the flames of light, spirituality, humanity and Judaism that helped create institutions for education, culture and charity that this book commemorates.

This book is also a strong accusation document, which points the finger towards all those whom with their blood stained hands cut down the branches of this tree and destroyed it from its roots.

On behalf of you the reader, and myself, I would like to express my appreciation and affection to all those who contributed to the holly job of creating this book: to the members of the book community and the editor, who with their never ending dedication and patience throughout the many years, collected piece by piece until they could join them together to become this wonderful creation.

And even if one may find mistakes or faults in the book – they will be accepted with love, as proof of our admiration of all those who took this holly duty upon themselves and fulfilled it with dignity.

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