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Translations by Yocheved Klausner

[Page 6]

How does the City sit solitary,
that was full of people!
(Lamentations 1:1)

 

The ruins of the Tlomacke synagogue in 1943

 

[Page 7]

 

The Tlomacke Street synagogue in 1878,
when Warsaw numbered one hundred thousand Jewish souls

 

That was full of people - - -
That was great among the nations - - -
(Lamentations 1:1)

[Page 8]

Executive, Board of Directors of the Farband
of Warsaw and the Book Committee:

Executive:

Avraham Schwarzman – honor chairman
Abe Igelfeld – chairman
Benzion Holzman – vice-chairman
David Zysman – secretary
Berish Halperin – technical organizer
Yoel Schneiderman – treasurer
Bella Altenberg – chairwoman of the Women's division
Anna Bortchuk
Hennie Goldstep
Tzipora Gornek
Fele Gorny
Sheindl Grushka
Shimon Greitzer
Gedalia Greshman
Moshe Salzstein
Gitel Zhemyeniak
Sarah Slovner
Nehemia Furman
Rena Figlash z"l
Helle Kobritz
Chava Kalich
Tobshe Krolich
Lola Rosenfeld

Book committee

David Igelfeld
Abe Igelfeld
Shimon Greitzer
Berish Halperin
Benzion Holzman
Avraham Volowtchik
David Zysman
Gitel Zhemyeniak
Yosef Slavner
Yehuda Elberg
Paul Trepman
Israel Falk
Nehemia Furman
Herz Keiles
Avraham Schwitzman
Yoel Schneiderman

Melech Ravitch – Editor
Rachel Eisenberg – Secretary of the Editorial Board

 

[Page 9]

Our Anthology,
compiled from the
writings of 139 authors,
will bring to life
the Jewish Warsaw
of long ago,
which was,
during the last hundred years,
the greatest and most
active Jewish community in Europe.
Warsaw – the capital of Poland,
a great Jewish city.

* * *

This Anthology will be a
Yizkor-Book [a memorial book]
as well,
containing the forever
living names of the
holy martyrs of Warsaw
and other communities
in Poland,
murdered in the years
of the Third Destruction.

* * *

The Yizkor pages begin after page 832.
After the memorial pages
follows the chronicle
of 525 years of
Jewish settlement in Warsaw.

 

[Page 10]

Warsaw has not suffered, in general, from big and bloody pogroms. Attacks, killings, robberies – yes, but not the big pogroms resembling the Ukrainian-Russian model. The first and only robbery-pogrom happened in December 1881. After this event, a folk-poet wrote a mourning poem “The Song of Rabonik.” On pages 11 and 12 we reproduce the cover page and the introduction of this folk lamentation.

Several generations later – 60 years later – we are witnessing a dialogue between “The Song of Rabonik” and Yitzhak Katzenelson's – may God revenge his blood – lamentation “The Song of the Murdered Jewish People”…

 

[Page 18]

 

Jewish young boys on the Krashinski Square in Warsaw

 

[Page 25]

 

Jews outside the Warsaw Jewish Community building, on 26 Djibowska Street

 

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