The Kalish Book
(Kalisz, Poland)

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Translation of
Sefer Kalish

Published by the Israel-American Book Committee

Tel Aviv 1964-1968


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This is a translation of: Sefer Kalish (The Kalish book),
Published by the Israel-American Book Committee; Tel Aviv 1964-1968 (2 volumes, H,Y 1222 pages)

Note: The original book can be seen online at the NY Public Library site: Kalisz (1964)


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Translated by Yocheved Klausner

 

Hebrew Volume
 
The Town and its Inhabitants
 
Memorial Stones Baruch Tal 5
A Town of Blessed Memory Dr. Shaul Zalod 8
The Jews - Harbingers of Industry and Commerce in Kalisz   23
The Manufacturing of Lace and Embroidery   26
The Professional Movement Yitzhak Kaltcevski 28
The Sound of Machines Shimon Horontchik 32
1904-1920 Peretz Walter 36
Our Town Leon Solnik 39
Institutions and Associations Alim 41
The Odzjalobi Bank Dov Zilonka 44
Five Years of Community Work Y. M. Haber 45
The Hospital A. Even-Tov 46
“Linat Tzedek” [charity sleeping quarters for the needy]   49
30 Years of the “Linat Tzedek” Activity M. Warshawski 50
The 30th Anniversary of “Linat Tzedek”   51
The Opening of the Pharmacy   52
A visit at the Home for the Aged A. R. 54
Do not Forsake Me in the Time of Old Age M. Davidovitch 55
A Jewish Kindergarten   56
The Committee for the Aid of Jewish Refugees from Germany Eng. S. Sintchevski 57
Belaszki   60
Belaszki 1920-1957 A. E. Kafeman 63
Stawiszin Shraga Engel 64
The Religious Life in Town Rav Dr. Meir Schwarzman 65
The Press in Kalisz   65
The Sons of Kalisz and the Bearers of its Name Yosef Milner 66
“Magen Avraham” [Avraham Gombiner] Moshe Feinkind 67
Notes on the History of “Magen Avraham” Shmuel Zvi Weltsman 69
The Great Torah Scholar R'Abele Charif Mordechai Weiss 69
A Living Soul M. Kalishay 71
The Rav Yehezkel Lifshitz A.K. 72
Torah and Prayer Arie Bornstein 74
Kalisz's Cantors A. Kratijenski 75
I Remember them Y. D. Wagensberg 77
In the Yeshiva Shlomo Yehiel Nobel 79
The Anniversary of the “Eruv” in Kalisz M. Ben-Menachem 79
The Pogrom in Kalisz 5638 [1878] M. Menachemay 80
The Blood Libel in Kalisz Chenski 81
 
The Social and Cultural Life
 
The “Hibat Zion” Movement in Kalisz 50 Years ago S.Z. Weltsman  
The Young Men of Zion Eliezer Birnbaum 85
The “Poalei Zion Left” Movement L. K. 86
The “Jugend” [Youth] Organization L. Makowski 86
My Work with “Poalei Zion” in Kalisz Chaim Brand 87
The United Party S. Bejzvinski 89
The “Hashomer Hatza'ir” Movement Shaul Zalod 89
The Bund Y. Kaltchevski 92
The “Zionim Klaliyim” [General Zionists] Organization Z. B. 92
“Poalei Agudat Israel” P. A. 95
The “Poalei Zion” Party Yissachar Kot 97
The Time I was a Member of “Poalei Zion” Yakov Bienstock 97
The Youth of “Zionim Klaliyim” Gershon Wrotzlavski 98
“Hechalutz” S. R. 99
The “Lamif'al” Kibbutz in Kalisz Adzja 99
Beitar H. B. 101
“Hehalutz Hamizrahi” and “Hashomer Hadati” Movements Binyamin Zvieli 102
In the Spanish War 1936-1939   102
Seeking the Right Road Chaim Stein 103
Jewish Cultural Life Meir Pakntreger 104
Cultural Activities and Institutions 1918-1939 S. Baum 105
The Borochov School Lea Chmilewski 107
The High-School Micia Yedwab-Katzir 109
The Jewish Theater and the Group of Amateur Fans Z. K. 110
YIVO and the Geographical Society Zalman Kaplan 112
The Gymnastics and Sports Organization Yitzhak Kalcewski 113
The Sailing Club K.W. 30 S. Pincewski 116
 
Reports of a Decade
 
Kalisz in 5687 [1927]   119
1928   121
1929   124
1930   126
1931   128
1932   130
1933   132
1934   134
1935   135
1936   136
 
The Last Years
 
Results of the Elections to the City Council in 1927   142
Teach your Children a craft A Rubin 142
The Competition M. Warshawski 143
Livelihoods Ben-Gershon 144
It is a Sin M. Warshawski 144
The Ruins of a Town M. Warshawski 145
“Hanuka Money”   146
The “Budget Meeting” of the Community Council 1930   146
Results of the Community Council Elections 1936   149
The Jewish Hospital Dr. P. Beatus 150
Help, while there is still Time!! Y. K. 152
The Cry for Help of the Small Businesses K. H. 152
The Bloody Assault on the Merchants at the Fair K.W. Bagrodzisk 153
The Terrible Fate of the Visitors at the Fair A. Avnevicz 154
The Desperate Situation of the Merchants and Peddlers in Kalisz P. Weisskal 155
“That your Brother may Live with You” A Resident of Kalisz 156
There is Just One Way Out Yedidya 157
Let us Continue on our Way Litay 158
Images of Kalisz Ba'al Davar 159
My Town S. Rubin 160
On the Bridge in Kalisz An Observer 161
I am not at Home B. Ch. 162
Until When Shall we Wait? Yakov Litman 163
The Etrogim [Citrus Fruits] from Israel Rav Yehezkel Livschitz 163
The Herzl Commemoration Assembly in the “Shomer” Camp Bar-Saba 164
The Lag Ba'omer Outing M. B. 165
The Lag Ba'omer Outings The Note-Taker 167
Our Community - to the Contrary Shabtay Buki 167
Rosh Hashana [the New Year] 5692 [1931] S. K. 168
The Donation Collectors S. B. 169
At A Jewish Wedding R'Yakov Meshulam 170
A Visit at the Halutzim [pioneers] Ch. M. 171
Memories B. K. 171
The last Sounds Y. Kaltchevski 173
At the Beginning of the Century Moris Walter 176
The Days of the First World War Katriel Stein 178
Fears and Livelihood Wolf Tzibusch 179
The “Herem” [excommunication] of the Benei Brit organization   180
On the Island L. Sorek Halevy 181
Rosh Hashana [the New Year] M. Packentreger 183
“Tish'a BeAv” in those days H. Solnik 185
Tales from those Days Dr. Y. Klinger 186
A Funeral is Passing S. B. 187
Coffee Houses and their Guests Y. Holtz 187
My Eyes are Seeing You Meir Packentreger 189
Experiences of the Way of Life G. Wroclawski 189
Venice in Kalisz Yoshe"r 190
The Old Bridge in Kalisz Y. Sheradzki 191
Nova Street 3 Bluma Wroclawski 193
Tziasna Street 19 Y. Holtz 194
The Old Woman S. Z. 195
The Oppenheim House B. Zvieli 196
A Kitchen for the Soldiers   197
How we Began Acting A. Poznanski 198
Language and Folklore Z. Kaplan 199
Malke'le Y. M. 199
The Town in Solitude B. Tal 201
The Organization of Former Residents of Kalisz & Surroundings   203
The Activity of the Kalisz Olim Committee in Jerusalem   208
The Organization of Former Residents of Kalisz in Haifa   210
A Mission to Poland 1946 Y. Arnold 211
General Relief - Organization of Former Kalisz Residents in USA Kalman Aronowitz 219
Former Kalisz Residents in Australia    
 
Figures From The Past 226-246
 
To the memory of the Fallen in Israel's Wars 247-250
 
Errata

First volume, article “The end of the Town” by Moshe Gros (Zeligovski), Hebrew translation, the following errors:

  1. The name of the head of the Gestapo is Schenrogen.
  2. Those murdered in the deportations in the “gas trucks” were buried in the Winjary Forest, and not as written.
  3. In the last stage, after the deportations, in the labor camp in Kalisz 150 Jews remained, not 50.
Second volume, p. 86, the author of the article “Poalei Zion Left” is Chava Sorek.
p. 102, the author of the article “The Spanish War 1936-1939 is P. K.
 
Yiddish Volume
 
The Town and its Inhabitants
 
The memory of the Town Dr. S. Zalow 258
The main industry A, Sticker 283
The professional movement in Kalisz Yitzhak Kletchewski 285
The sound of the machines Shimon Horontchik 291
1904-1920 Peretz Walter 297
Our town Leon Solnik 303
Institutions and Associations Alim 305
The Odjalowi Bank Dov Zjelonka 309
Five years of community work Y. M. Heber 310
The Jewish Hospital A. Even-Tov 312
“ Linat Tzedek” [charity sleeping quarters for the needy] Alim 316
30 Years of the “Linat Tzedek” Activity M. Warshawski 317
A visit at the Home for the Aged A. R. 322
Do not Forsake Me in the Time of Old Age M. Davidovitch 323
Children's home “Bet Yaakov“   324
The Committee for the Aid of Jewish Refugees from Germany Eng. S. Sintchevski 326
Belaszki Y. B. 329
Belaszki 1920-1957 A. E. Kafeman 334
Stawiszin Shraga Engel 335
The Religious Life in Town Rav Dr. Meir Schwarzman 336
The Jewish Press in Kalisz   337
Personalities with the name Kalisz Yosef Milner 338
The “Magen Avraham” [Avraham Gombiner] Moshe Feinkind 342
Notes on the biography of “Magen Avraham“ Shmuel Zvi Weltsman 344
The Great Torah Scholar R'Abele Charif Mordechai Weiss 345
“ A Living Soul“ M. Kalishay 347
Notes on the figure of the Rav R'Yehezkel Lifshitz A.K. 349
Torah and Prayer Arie Bornstein 351
Things that I remember Y. D. Wagensberg 355
In the Yeshiva S. Y. Nobel 357
The Pogrom in Kalisz 5638 [1878] M. Menachemay 359
The Blood Libel in Kalisz M. Chenski 360
 
The Social and Cultural Life
 
The “Hibat Zion” Movement in Kalisz 50 Years ago Shmuel Zvi Weltsman 364
The Young Men of Zion Eliezer Birnbaum 365
The “Poalei Zion Left” Movement Chava Sorek 366
The “Jugend” [Youth] Organization L. Makowski 367
My Work with “Poalei Zion” in Kalisz Chaim Brand 369
The United Party S. Bejzvinski 372
The “Hashomer Hatza'ir” Movement Shaul Zalod 372
The “Zionim Klaliyim” [General Zionists] Organization Z. B. 376
The Bund Y. Kaltchevski 377
“ Poalei Agudat Israel“ P. A. 381
The “Poalei Zion” Party Y. Kot 382
The Time I was a Member of “Poalei Zion” Yakov Bienstock 383
The Youth of “Zionim Klaliyim” G. Wrotzlavski 384
“ Hechalutz“ S. R. 385
The “Lamif'al” Kibbutz in Kalisz Adzja 386
Beitar H. B. 387
“ Hehalutz Hamizrahi” and “Hashomer Hadati” Movements B. Zvieli 389
Kalisz people in the battle against Fascism in Spain Y. Keltchevski 389
Seeking the Right Road Chaim Stein 391
The Jewish Cultural Life in Kalisz Meir Pakntreger 392
Cultural Activities 1918-1939 S. Baum 395
The Borochov School Lea Chmilewski 396
The High-School M. Yedwab-Katzir 399
The Jewish Theater and Amateur groups Z. K. 401
The drama section in the “Hapoel” Sports Club Y. Tziwasz 403
YIVO and Geography Zalman Kaplan 403
The Gymnastics and Sports Association Yitzhak Kalcewski 404
The Gymnastics March   406
The Sailing Club in 1930 Eng. S. Pincewski 407
“ Hakoah” sports group N. B. 408
The Kalisz Statute Moshe Silberberg 409
 
Ten Years
 
Kalisz in 5687 [1927]   414
Kalisz in 1928   417
Kalisz in 1929   421
Kalisz in 1930   423
Kalisz in 1931   426
Kalisz in 1932   428
Kalisz in 1933   431
Kalisz in 1934   433
Kalisz in 1935   436
Kalisz in 1936   437
 
The Last Years
 
Results of the Elections to the City Council in 1927   445
Teach your Children a craft A Rubin 446
The Competition M. Warshawski 447
Livelihoods Ben-Gershon 448
It is a Sin M. Warshawski 448
The Ruins of Kalisz M. Warshawski 449
“ Hanuka Money” K. L. 450
At the gates of Jerusalem Rosa Yakobovitz 451
A “Budget Meeting” of the Community Council M. M. 452
Results of the Community Council Elections 1936   456
The Jewish Hospital Dr. P. Beatus 457
Help, while there is still time!! Y. K. 459
The Cry for Help of the Small Businesses K. H. 460
The Bloody Assault on the Jewish Small Businesses K.W. 461
The Terrible Fate of the Visitors at the Fair A. Avnevicz 462
The Desperate Situation of the Merchants and Peddlers in Kalisz P. Weisskal 463
“ That your Brother may Live with You” A Resident of Kalisz 464
There is Just One Way Out Yedidya 466
Let us go on Litay 468
A mirror of Kalish Ba'al Davar 469
My Town S. Rubin 471
I am not at Home B. Ch. 473
Until When Shall we Wait? Y. Litman 474
The Etrogim [Citrus Fruits] from Eretz Israel Rav Yehezkel Livschitz 475
The Herzl Commemoration Assembly in the “Shomer” Camp Bar-Saba 476
The Lag Ba'omer Outing M. B. 477
The Lag Ba'omer Outings The Note-Taker 479
To the Contrary S. Buki 480
At A Jewish Wedding R'Yakov Meshulam 483
A Visit at the Halutzim [pioneers] Ch. M. 485
Memories B. K. 486
The Last accord Y. Kaltchevski 488
At the Beginning of the Century M. Walter 492
The First World War Katriel Stein 494
Fears and Livelihood Wolf Tzibusch 496
The boycott at home   497
On the Island L. Sorek Halevy 498
Rosh Hashana [the New Year] M. Packentreger 501
“ Tish'a BeAv” 1914 H. Solnik 503
Tales from Kalisz of bygone days Dr. Y. Klinger 505
A Funeral is Passing S. B. 506
Coffee Houses and their Guests Y. Holtz 507
In front of my eyes Meir Packentreger 509
The Kalisz way of life G. Wroclawski 510
Venice in Kalisz Yoshe“ r 512
The Old Bridge in Kalisz Y. Sheradzki 514
Nova Street 3 Bluma Wroclawska 516
Tziasna Street 19 Y. Holtz 517
The Old Woman A group of friends 518
The Oppenheim House B. Zvieli 519
The problem of the Kitchen for the Soldiers in Kalisz   520
How we Began Acting A. Poznanski 521
On the eve of the Shavuot holiday in 1949 N. Menachamay 523
Regional Yiddish Zalman Kaplan 524
Malke'le   525
A list of Kalisz institutions in 1939, arranged by streets   526
The map of the town   528
The Town in Solitude B. Tal 529
Organization of former residents of Kalisz & Surroundings in Israel   531
The Activity of the Kalisz Olim Committee in Jerusalem   538
The Organization of Former Residents of Kalisz in Haifa   540
A Mission to Poland 1946 Y. Arnold 541
General Relief for Kalisz   544
Associations of Former Kalisz Residents in USA Aronowitz 550
Former Kalisz Residents in Australia   557
Yizkor   558
 
Figures From The Past 560-589
 
To the memory of the Fallen in Israel's Wars 590-597
 
Errata

Yiddish volume, article “The end of the Town” by Moshe Gros (Zeligovski), Hebrew translation, the following errors:

  1. The name of the head of the Gestapo is Schenrogen.
  2. Those murdered in the deportations in the “gas trucks” were buried in the Winjary Forest, and not as written.
  3. The deportation of old people took place on 27, 28, 29 October 1940, and not as written. The number of the murdered was 290.
  4. The date of the liquidation of the ghetto was 8 July 1942.


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