Rokitno-Wolyn and Surroundings;
Memorial Book and Testimony

(Ukraine)

51°17' / 27°13'

Translation of
Rokitno (Volin) ve-ha-seviva; sefer edut ve-zikaron

Edited by: E. Leoni

Published in Tel Aviv, 1967




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Project Coordinator

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Our sincere appreciation to Yissachar Trossman, of the Rokitno Landmanshaften,
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This is a translation from: Rokitno (Volin) ve-ha-seviva; sefer edut ve-zikaron; Rokitno-Wolyn and Surroundings;
Memorial Book and Testimony, ed. E. Leoni, Tel Aviv, Former residents of Rokitno in Israel, 1967 (H,Y)


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Table of Contents

Map of Rokitno

3-4

Comments from the Editorial Board

5-7

Regional map

8

Rokitno Shall Survive - Eliezer Leoni

9-11

   
HISTORY OF ROKITNO
On the History of the Jews in Rokitno - Eliezer Leoni

 15-21

The Beginnings of Rokitno - Pinchas Kliger

21-22

The Old Cemetery - Yosef Segal

23-24

The Village of Rokitno - Dov Ben Yehoshua (Vorona)

25-28

Rokitno During World War I - Aryeh Geipman and Yosef Segal

29-31

   
ECONOMY AND INSTITUTIONS
The Community - Shlomo Zandweis

35-37

The Economy of Rokitno - Nathan Gendelman

38-41

The Lumber Trade and the Lumber Yard - Zvi Persitz

41-44

Charitable Institutions in Rokitno - Haim Shteinman

45-46

   
THE ZIONIST MOVEMENT
The Origins of the Zionist Movement in Rokitno - Avraham Ben Dor (Binder)

49-52

Zionist Activity During the Balfour Declaration - Yakov Lifshitz and Aharon Heruti

52-54

National Funds in Rokitno - Haim Shteinman

55-57

The Origins of the “Hechalutz” in Rokitno - Dov Ben Yehoshua (Vorona)

58-62

The “Hechalutz” Branch and Its Activities Prior to the Holocaust - Haim Shteinman

62-64

“Hashomer Hatzair” - A Group of Members

65-76

The Jabotinsky Movement in Rokitno - Itzhak (Isia) Golod

77-80

From “Hashomer Hatzair” to Betar - Israel Michaeli (Kek)

80-81

The Second Generation of Betar - Shimon (Syoma) Klorfein

81-83

The Activities of the Wizo Branch in Rokitno - Fanya Freiman

83-84

   
CULTURE AND EDUCATION
History of the Tarbut School in Rokitno - Eliezer Leoni

87-110

A Teacher of the Tarbut School in Rokitno Remembers - Itzhak Dichter

111-118

The Tarbut Library - Yakov Schwartz

119-120

The Drama Club in Rokitno - Itzhak Golod

120-123

   
VILLAGES IN THE VICINITY
The Village of Ostoki - Hinda Bleishtein (Volfin)

127-128

The Village of Osnitzek - David Shuster

128-130

The Village of Borovey - Zillah Razgovitch (Gampel)

130-133

The Village of Bilovizh - Shmaryahu Kravi (Korobochka)

134-137

The Village of Blizhov - Aharon Blizhovsky

138-140

The Village of Berezov - Ruhama Oliker (Gelfand)

140-143

The Village of Glinna - Pinchuk Family

143-145

The Village of Drozdin - Ruhama Chetcko (Polsky)

145-146

The Village of Vitkovich - Reuven Ory

146

The Village of Zolovey - Sarah Fuchsman

147-148

The Jewish Settlement of Toupik - Itzhak Meir Chechik

149-150

The Village of Snovidovich - Avraham Shafir (Shvindelman)

151-153

The Village of Kisorich - Liza Polishuk (Shapira)

154-157

   
ROKITNO AS SHE LIVES IN OUR MEMORIES
There was a “River” in Rokitno - Yakov Schwartz

161-163

The Jews of Rokitno - Haim Shteinman

163-167

Memories, Impressions and Happenings - Yeshayahu Meiri (Meirson)

168-172

The Rabbi From Stolin And His Followers In Rokitno - Shlomo Zandweis

172-176

The Rabbi Comes To Town - Bat Sheva Fishman (Shohet)

177-178

The Choosing of a Rabbi in Rokitno - Aharon Lifshitz

178

The Old Shul - Yechiel Shohet

179-181

Rokitno At the End of the Nineteen Twenties - Rachel Konopiata

181-182

A Pioneer Makes Aliyah - Dov Ben Yehoshua (Vorona)

183-185

The Rioters of Petlura In Our Town - Aharon Lifshitz

185-186

The Hill Behind the Bridge - Shmaryahu Kravi (Korobuchka)

187-190

Eight Oaks Grew In Our Yard - Hagai Baum

190-191

Memories of a Rokitno Communist - Yosef Gendelman

191-192

The Torture Cellar In The Palace - Yosef Segal

192-194

I Made Aliyah On The Eve of The Holocaust - Sarah Yasmin (Shwartzblat)

195-196

   
PERSONALITIES
Rabbi Aharon Joseph Shames - Rabbi Yakov Pinchas Shir

199-200

Rabbi And Shohet: Rabbi Feivish Halevi Levin - Haim Shteinman

201-202

My Father The Shohet Isachar Trigun - Hanan Hatzuvi

202-203

The Shohet Rev. Yoel Shwartzberg - Dov Harari

204

Asher Zelig Baratz - Aharon Heruti (Freierman)

205

Remembering Moshe Lifshitz - Aryeh Geipman

206-207

Moshe Hirsch Linn - Linn Family

207

My Brother, Noah Soltzman - Yakov Soltzman

208-210

My Father, Betzalel Kokel - Nehama Kokel

211

Haim David Weiner - Yakov Soltzman

212

My Father, Aharon Levin - Yakov Levin

213

Yakov Persitz - Aryeh Geipman

214

My Father, Avraham Golod - Isia Golod

215-216

Herschel Shteinman - Aharon Lifshitz

216-217

My Father, Berel Shwartzblat - Baruch Shehori (Shwartzblat)

217-218

A Monument To The Soul Of Gedalya Lifshitz - Yeshayahu Meiri (Meirson)

218-219

Baruch (Buzia) Levin - Haim Shteinman

220-221

The Teacher Rev. Efraim Tozman and The Teacher Israel Tozman - Aharon Lifshitz and Yosef Segal

221-222

Interesting Jewish Personalities in the Town of Rokitno - Efraim Vorona

223-226

Personalities of Rokitno - Yosef Segal

227-231

Candles of Remembrance - The Editorial Board

232-234

   
DURING THE SOVIET OCCUPATION
The Soviets Occupy Our Town - Baruch Shehori (Shwartzblat)

237-242

The Beginnings Of The Soviet Occupation of Rokitno - Yakov Schwartz

243-245

Rokitno In the Years 1939-1941 - Bat Sheva Fishman (Shohet)

246

Missed Opportunities For Rescue - Avraham Kek

247-248

Aliyah To Eretz Israel During The Soviet Occupation - Dvorah Ferkel (Goluboy)

248-249

A Frightening Episode From the Soviet Occupation - Eliahu Preger

249-250

Leaving Rokitno In 1941 - Yakov Schwartz

251-253

Mushka Shuster - The Committee Representative - Yosef Segal

253-254

The “Bulbovtzi” in Rokitno - Yakov Soltzman

254-256

   
THE HOLOCAUST
I Call Upon Mourning (Poem) - Rabbi Yehudah Kolonimus

259

The Destruction of Rokitno - Baruch Shehori (Shwartzblat)

260-274

Lamentation On The Destruction - Nathan Gendelman

275-281

Tearful Events - Israel Greenberg

282-287

Pages From The Holocaust - Israel Pinchuk

287-290

Self Sacrifice Of A Mother - Yosef Segal

291

The Destruction of Topik - Eliahu Preger

291-293

Blizhov During The Holocaust Years - Aharon Blizhovsky

293-295

A Child’s Memories Of The Destruction Of Rokitno - Haim Bar Or (Svetchnik)

295-297

The Yearly Memorial (Poem) - Haim Shteinman

298

   
THE ROAD OF SUFFERING
Wanderings And Hardships During The Holocaust - Haya Volkon (Pinchuk)

301-308

The Road Of Suffering - Bronia Lifshitz (Kagan)

308-310

My Experiences In The Years 1942-45 - Asher Rosenstein

311-314

The Struggle With the Horrors of Life - Ita Trossman (Pinchuk)

314-317

Miracles Which Happened And Miracles Which Did Not Happen - Rachel Wasserman (Reznik)

317-321

The Great Rescue - Baruch Goldman

321-323

I Was A Mother Of Unfortunate Children - Esther Naiberg

323-324

Preserving The Jewish Image In The Ghetto And In The Forest - Isachar Trossman

325-326

In The Shadow Of The Gallows - Shmuel Levinson (Levin)

327-329

The Struggle For Life - Aharon Lifshitz

329-334

About The Righteous Of The World - Yosef Segal

334-335

   
VENEGEANCE AND REPRISAL
From Sheep To Slaughter- Punishment To Our Killers - Asher Binder

339-341

In The Forests And Reprisal Activities - Avraham Eisenberg

342-346

My Participation In The Partisan Activities - David Borod

347-348

A Partisan In The Kobpak Regiment - Todres Linn

348-349

The Hour Of Reprisal Has Come - Moshe Marshalek

349-350

The “Kol Nidrei” Prayer of Haim Kek - Gad Rosenblat

351-352

Our Brothers- We Shall Remember (Poem) - Hannah Segal

353

Dates Of The Holocaust In Rokitno - Haim Shteinman

354

   
IN THE TOWN OF SLAUGHTER
My Heart, My Heart Is Yours Rokitno! - Haim Shteinman

357-358

After The Destruction - Baruch Shehori (Shwartzblat)

358-364

Regards From A Destroyed Home - Henya Gendelman

364-365

In The Destroyed Town - Isachar Trossman

366-367

The Fortunes Of A Jewish Orphan After The Liberation - Yakov Israeli (Rosenstein)

368-370

Over A Glass Of Tea With Nikita Khrushchev - Baruch Shehori (Shwartzblat)

370-372

With Our Stick And Our Backpack - Yosef Segal

372-375

Portions Of Letters - Nusia Kokel

376-377

A Letter Sent From Russia - Nunek Gendelman

378-380

Two Stones - Hannah Segal

381-382

We Will Remember - Haim Shteinman

383-384

Remember - Marek Dvorzhetzky

385

Partisans And Fighters From Rokitno And Its Vicinity Who Fell During The War With The Nazis

386-392

Yizkor

393

Kadish

395

Remember (Names of Our Kedoshim and Their Pictures)

396-448

Picture Of Gravestone Of Our Kedoshim

449

Poem - A. Shlonsky

450

History Of The Organization And Its Activities

453-471

Rokitno Members Who Died While Serving In The Israel Defense Forces

473-476

Rokitno And Vicinity Members Who Died In Israel

477-489

Poem - Haim Guri

490

Table of Contents

491-495


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