Ostrolenkans in Uruguay
At the end of 1923, the first immigrants arrived in Uruguay. Until 1939, and for a few months later during the war, a number of Jewish refugees from Europe came to Uruguay. They were of different strata: youths without professions from well-to-do families, as well as various professionals.
The number of Ostrolenkans in Uruguay reached ninety souls, among them families saved in Russia, as well as those who remained in Poland and were miraculously saved from the inferno.
The economic situation of our townspeople is not bad. There are among them wealthy people, owners of businesses and homes. Our role in public life is recognized. In all Jewish organizations, the Bund, YIVO and the Zionist parties our representatives can be found. There were among us those who belonged to the extreme left wing. Party leaders left with the wealthy.
We eagerly respond to every call from Israel, as well as other places, especially for financial support to establish a charitable fund for needy Ostrolenkans.
We have established a Committee of the Jewish Community of Ostrolenka here, which meets from time to time to discuss various problems and, primarily, support for our people who require assistance. The Committee was established in 1953, after one of our townsmen, Eliahu Moshe Wajnkranc, of blessed memory, returned from a visit to Israel. Presently, the Committee is composed of the following members: Pinczas Zylbersztejn, Eliezer Segal, Lejbke Jabek, Mosze Gedanken, Icchak Wajnkranc, Alter Zyman, Zundel Zyman and Israel Mosze Lubin.
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