Slutsk and Vicinity Memorial Book

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Translation of Pinkas Slutsk u-benoteha

Edited by: N. Chinitz, Sh. Nachmani, Yizkor Book Committee

Published in Tel-Aviv, 1962

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This is a translation from: Pinkas Slutsk u-benoteha (Slutsk and vicinity memorial book),
Editors: N. Chinitz, Sh. Nachmani, Tel Aviv, Yizkor-Book Committee, 1962 (H, Y, E, 450 pages).

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The celestial Slutsk / I. D. B.  
On the threshold of the legend / Abraham Epstein 9
The city and its fullness 11
History of the city 15
From historic sources 18
As reflected by periodicals 23
Professions and vocations / Nachum Chinitz 41


The “Lovers of Zion” 47
Letters (from his legacy) / Hillel Dubrow 49
Bygone Days / Dr. Meyer Waxman 54
Vigilantes in Slutsk / Sh. Menachem 57
Three Encounters / Dr. Aaron Domnitz 58
The Zeire Zion party / Nachum Chinitz 59
The Zionist youth in the underground / Zvi Haivati 61
The Communist trial of Zionist youth / Azreal Nekritz 67
What transpired / Feivel Ephron 70


Educational institutions / Nachum Chinitz 76
A fortress of Torah / Rabbi Nissan Waxman 79
The last Rosh Ha'Yeshivah / Rabbi E. Henkin 85
The Yeshiva Slutsk / Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Meltzer 86
The Red trial of the Yeshivah in 1923 / Rabbi O. Sandomirsky 89
The modern Hebrew School / Samson Nachmani 91
Letters / Abraham Epstein 93


Memories of Slutsk / Zev Gluskin 96
The days of my youth / Rev. Zvi Hirsh Masliansky 101
Highlights in the life of Dr. J. N. Simchoni 103
A place of Torah wisdom / Dr. Aaron Domnitz 105
Gleanings / Rabbi Aryah Levin 107
In memory of Dr. Nathan Klotz / Dr. Meyer Waxman 108
Reb Shachno the Sexton / Dr. Moses Higger 108
From the recent past / Dr. Moses J. Goldberg 110
Portraits / Baruch Domnitz 115
The imprisoned Hebrew teacher / Zvi Hazanowitz 119
Personalities 121


Folklore: Reb Mendele Epstein, Reb. Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Reb. Jacob David Willovsky,  
Reb. Meyer Pehmer, Reb. Issar Zalmon Meltzer 128
Les Miserables / Baruch Domnitz 132
Native Authors of Slutsk and Vicinity: S. J. Abramowitz (Mendele Mocher Sforim), Yehuda Grozovsky, Salmon Wendroff, Jacob Kahan, Dr. J. N. Simchoni, Dr. Meyer Waxman,
Dr. Feitel Lipshitz, Dr. Aaron Domnitz, Isaac Dov Berkovitz, Ephraim A. Lissitzky, Baruch Katznelson, Dr. Reuben Wallenrod
Rabbis and authors of rabbinics: Reb. Boruch Shklov, Reb. Eliyahu Zuta, Reb. Abraham Shevelov, Reb. Zvi Masliansky, Reb. Aaron Hyman, Reb. Israel Isserlin, Reb. Jacob of Tomashov, Rev. Isaac Zvi Brodetzky, Reb. Samuel Dov Marshak, Reb. Leib Neumark,
Reb. M. B. Tomashov
Rabbis Born in Slutsk 140
Between Governments 141


Under the Nazi occupation / Daniel Mlodinov (a Partisan) 143
Slutsk after the destruction / Maurice Hindus 144
The war of the Partisans 146


Mendele Mocher Sforim (from his book "In Those Days") 147
Letters of J. L. Gordon 150
A.I. Panirna On Israel Behner  152
Abraham Epstein (from "Rshumot")  154
Isaac Dov Berkowitz (excerpts from his book "the Ancients") 157
Ephraim Lissitzky (Chapters from his Autobiography) 163
Dr.Reuben Wallenrod (Excerpts from his book "the Lost Generation") 169
Baruch Katznelson A Symphony of Generations 170
I.N. Adler On Abraham Epstein 171


Victims of the struggles in Israel 172
War of liberation casualties 174
Departed in Israel 177


Uretche / Nachum Chinitz 185
Hlusk / Rabbi N. Waxman 186
Hrozova / Sh. Alexandroni 188
Vizna / Reuben Wallenrod 193
Verchutin N. Ch. 195
Timkowitz / Rabbi Moses Palayev 197
Timkowitz / Mendele Mocher Sforim from "In Those Days" 199
    My Town That Is No More / Rachel Feigenberg 201
    Rabbi Yaakov Elya / Zalmon Epstein 204
    Rabbi Nechemya Yerushalmi / Zvi Asaf 205
    Rabbi Professor Simcha Asaf (Osovski) 207
    Memoirs / Reb Moshe Gershon Finkelstein 208
    R. Dov Ber Katznelson / Solomon Katznelson 210
    Reb Binjamin Wolfson / Zvia Ostrovsky 211
    Rabbis Who Came From Lyuban 212
    Lyuban As I Remember It / Zvi Assaf 214
    The Library of Lyuban / Joseph Kikoyon 218
    Lyubanites of my Mother's Family / Rachel Feigenberg-Omry 220
     About Starobin / Eliyahu Chaim Chinitz 225
     My town / RabbiNissan Waxman 228
     The three victims / Raphael Rivin 234
     Memories / I. N. Adler 235
     On Starobin / Raphael Rivin 237
     About the town / Ch. N 240
     My town / SaulBernstein 241
Pohost 245
Kapulie 246
     Working the Land in Romanova 251
     My Town, Romanova / Dr. Aaron Domnitz 252
     The Rabbi of Romanova / Baruch Domnitz 253


Slutsk in the light of the newspapers / Rabbi N. Waxman 254
The bereaved family 258
On Baruch Lifshitz / Ch. 259
The Story of this Book / The Editors 260


Introduction – Slutsk in Eternity / I. D. B. 265
From Historic Sources – From the Jewish-Russian Encyclopedia / Brokhauz – Efron 267
Documents 269
Rabbis, Judges and shuln of Slutsk 272
Slutsk / M. L. Gorin 273
Folklore / M. L. Gorin 274
The Cold Shul and Its Courtyard / M. L. Gorin 275
My Memories of Slutsk / Eliyahu Shulman 278
Vigoda / Y. D. B 289
Crumbs of Memory / Moshe Strugatch 292
Nishke Kvasnik's Street / P. Shapiro-Mechanic 296
A fire in Slutsk / M. L. Gorin 297


The Zionist Movement in Slutsk / Sh. Menachem 299
The Rise and Fall of the Bund / Moshe Tulman 301


Refoel Yossel / N. Chinitz 305
Portraits / M. L. Goren 308
Sextons in Slutsk / Rabbi Nissan Waxman 312


My youth in Slutsk / Yakov Patt 319
My Memory of Slutsk / Harry Lang 323
The Yevrehiskaye School / R. Berkavitch 330
Slutsk, my second home / Dr. L. Fogelman 332
Rav Yusele Peimer / Ch. A. Pehmer 336
Summer of 1919 in Slutsk / Nathan Kantrowitz 345
Khasidote in Slutsk 349
Folklore:  Reb. Israel Behmer, Reb. Mendele Epstein 352
R'Yasher-Ber as Slutsker Rav / Khaykil Lunski 353
Assistant Rabbis, Preachers / Khiam Zaydes 359
Two letters from Slutsk / Shin. Lamed. Beker 361
People's Character / Khyam Zeydes 363
Leybe the Blacksmith / Rabbi Moyshe Goldberg 366
Memories of the Old Home / Ikhorit Simval 367


Economic and spiritual decline / M. L. Goren 371
From teaching to shoemaking / N. Ch. 372
Fighters and martyrs / M. L. G. 373
Between the two World Wars 374


Slutsk after the destruction / Maurice Hindus 378
Under the Nazi Occupation / Yad Vashem Archives 381
Letters from the Slutsk ghetto 382


Writers of Slutsk and its Environs 388
Slutsk in Yiddish Literature: (Fragments from their writings):
   Mendele Moykher Sforim
   Beynish Mikhalevitsh
   Abraham Epstein
   I. D. Berkovitsh
J. L. Peretz in Slutsk / Nokhem Khinitsh 406
Slutskers in America / Israel Schwaidelson 409
Slutskers in America 54 Years Ago / Ch. Zaides 418


Uretche / Nakhmen 420
Horki and its Environs / Joseph Nozick 422
Self-Defense in Hlusk / Samuel Liff 426
The Gaon Borekh-Ber Leybovitsh / Kheyn 427
Hrozova / Sh. Frumkin 429
Fifty years ago / B. Epstein 432
My Father / Beinush Epstein 433
Reb Nachum of Hrozova / Mendele Mocher Sforim 434
Hresk / M. L. G. 436
Vizna / Israel Kantor 437
Verchutin / Chanan 440
Timkowitz / Sonia Kashdan-Nachmani 441
Timkowitz / Mendele Mocher Sforim 444
    Rabbi Reb NehemiaYeruzalimsky / Hana Assaf 446
    Slaughter and Murder/ Binyomin Wolfson 448
    Lyuban in a Transitional Period 454
    A letter from Luban / Fanya 456
    Reb Hayim (Rukhover) Katzenelson 458
    Dovid Katzenelson / P.K. 458
    My town / Rabbi N. Waxman 460
    The destruction / Ch. Rubnitz (a partisan) 465
    Folklore / Raphael Rivin 467
Stari-Dorogoi / Ch. N. 468
Pohost / Chaim Kuntser 469
Pohost / Miriam Marshak  472
    Kopyl 473
    Occupations in Kopyl / Mendele Mocher Sforim 473
    Kopyl / A. J. Papirna 476
    From Kapulie to Slutsk / Joseph Morgenstern 484
    Folklore 486
    Partisans 486
Romanova / Ish Yehuda Sfra 488
Shemezeve / Sonia Aizenson 490


In the evening of life / Zalman Wendroff 491
Setting Out from Romanova / Morris J. Meisel 495
My father in Kapulie / Rabbi Dr. H. Raphael Gold 499
Rabbi Jacob Meir Kravchinski / Rabbi Dov Katz 500
Rabbi Wolf Gold / Rabbi Dov Katz 501
Chaim Krivitzki / Raphael Rivin 502
Among our outstanding contributors / N. W. 503
In completion of this book / Rabbi N. Waxman 520
In perpetual memory (Yahrzeit list of departed Landsleit) 522
Index of names and subjects 528


Slutsk: Its glory and its destruction / N.Waxman XI
Slutsk after World War II / Maurice Hindus XV
Early history and memories of Slutsk / Dr. Gregory Razran XVIII
A grandson's reflections on Slutsk / RabbiDr. Emanuel Rackman XXIII
The heritage of Slutsk / Rabbi Dr. MordecaiWaxman XXV
Acknowledgement to benefactors XXVIII

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