The Cieszanow Memorial Book
(Cieszanów, Poland)

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Translation of
Sefer zikaron le-kehila kedosha Cieszanow

Editor: Dr. David Ravid (Shmukler),

Published in Tel Aviv 1970

English Translation Prepared and Published by

Jacob Solomon Berger

Mahwah, New Jersey, USA 2006




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This is a translation of: Sefer zikaron le-kehila kedosha Cieszanow
(The Cieszanow Memorial Book),
Editor: Dr. David Ravid (Shmukler), Former residents of Cieszanow in Israel, Published: Tel Aviv 1970 (H, Y 331 pages)


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Dedication to Morris Kleinberg, MD
Supporters Honor Roll
Translator's Foreword
Organization Section
“To Enter into the Inner Sanctum” Dr. David Ravid 1
A Foreword to the Publication of the Memorial Book Dr. David Ravid 3
And This Is How It Began… 4
To the Editor of the Cieszanow ‘Memorial Book!’ Dr. David Ravid 9
History Section By Dr. David Ravid
The Life of the Jews in Cieszanow Up to the First World War 13
The Sacred Congregation of Cieszanow 14
The Community of Cieszanow By Dr. David Ravid 19
     The Cieszanow of Three Centuries 20
     From Cieszanow in Modern Times 20
     The Trial of the Scourge Eichmann in Jerusalem 22
     The Miracle on the Collective Farm 24
Personalities & Pictures 27
     Rabbi Yekhezkiel Schraga Halberstam ז”ל 27
     Rabbi R' Aryeh Rubin ז”ל 28
     Rabbi Sholom Yekhezkiel Schraga 28
     Rivka Shmukler, Her Son Shimon, & Daughter Chana, ע”ה 29
     Reizl Koenigsberg, Two Daughters, & Brother Mordechai 30
R' Baruch Bessekhs & His Wife Tzivia Koenigsberg 30
R' Mordechai Glanzer, ע”ה & the Members of His Family 30
R' Asher Dieler ז”ל, His Wife Dwora and their Son 31
R' Abraham Shmukler and His Family 31
Reizl Schmid ע”ה 31
R' Abraham Goetz, ע”ה 31
The Lady, Rachel Lieberman from Lubliniec near Cieszanow 32
A Handiwork of Shmelka Lieberman 32
In the Takhkemoni School 33
HaTzofim’ in Cieszanow 33
R' Eliezer Taubenblatt and His Wife 34
The Tzigler Family 34
The Wife of R' Yehoshua – Miriam Yehudis ע”ה 34
R' Yitzhak Kaufman, שליט”א 34
R' Leibli Sternlicht, ז”ל 34
The Kaufman Family 35
R' Nahum Furman, ע”ה 35
Rachil Neshi Furman, ע”ה 35
An Israeli Hero - I 36
An Israeli Hero - II 36
The Rapaport Family – The Kohanim 36
R' Baruch Aryeh Kalechman ז”ל 37
The Goetz Sisters 37
R' Joseph Tanenbaum ז”ל 37
Reizl Shmukler, ע”ה (Right) Chaya Weber ע”ה (Left) 37
R' Abraham Ber Starkman, His Wife and Grandchildren ע”ה 38
The Najman Family 38
R' Moshe Lempel and Family 38
R' Yerucham Fishl Zeuerman 38
R' Simcha Schweber ז”ל 39
R' Mordechai Schrieber 'יח & His Wife, ז”ל 39
The Schneider Family 40
A Repentant 40
From the People of Our City 41
Cieszanow Children 41
In the Hebrew School 41
From the Intellectual Youth of Cieszanow 41
R' Mordechai Schreiber,'יח, and His Wife, Eidel ז”ל 41
The Rabfogel Family 42
R' Joseph Eichler, Chana Eichler 42
The Rabfogel Daughters 42
David Ravid and His Wife 42
A Memorial Candle for Our Mothers 43
My Little Town, Cieszanow By Dr. David Ravid 44
The Evil Spirit, ‘HiSta-Khrumika’ Dominates the World 44
The Rebbe Speaks The Law 44
On This Day, I Recall My Transgressions 69
In the City of Killing By Chaim Nachman Bialik 119
Good Advice from a Friend By Dr. David Ravid 120
The First Explosion! By Dr. David Ravid 121
A Poem of Mourning to the Memory of Our Brothers and Sisters By Dr. David Ravid 122
A Hymnal of Praise for the Members of the Committee of the Organization By Dr. David Ravid 123
A Birthday Celebration for Cieszanow Children in Danzig 124
The Jewish Youth Organization of Lubliniec, near Cieszanow, directed by Mr. Simcha Segal 124
R' David Michael Zurman ז”ל, a scion of Cieszanow – with his wife. 124
From Lieutenant Colonel Rabbi Moshe Avital, Tel-Aviv 127
Polish Jewry By Rabbi Mordechai Fogelman 129
Cieszanow By Dr. Lev Fishelzohn 130
The Holocaust By Michal Ravid, Age 10 131
From the Pinkas of the Shtetl By Melekh Ravitch 132
R' Menachem Mendl Yaroslavitz, ז”ל, 133
The High Holy Days of the Past By Shmuel Lieberman 134
Memories of the Outbreak of the War in 1939 134
My Shtetl Cieszanow By Shmuel Lieberman 135
A Memorial to R' Aharon Paluh ז”ל By Shmuel Lieberman 136
To Everlasting Memory 136
A Few Words Dedicated to the Holocaust By Shmuel Lieberman 137
The Accounting of Our Work to Publish the Yizkor Book By Shmuel Z. Tepper 138
Now to the Issue! 139
The Extinguished Star By Shmuel Zeinvil Tepper 140
Yizkor! The Grandchildren 142
Yizkor! By Shmuel Zeinvil Tepper 142
Yizkor! 143
Mrs. Dwora Lempel ע”ה 143
R' Zelig Wartzel and His Wife Nechi ע”ה 144
R' Menachem Wartzel and His Wife ע”ה 144
R' Baruch Aryeh Kalechman, הי”'ד By Shlomo Zinger 144
Memories By Moshe Mikhl Tepper, נ”י 146
From the Older Generation – To the Younger Generation By Dr. David Ravid 147
Chaya Angerst-Berger 148
R' Schraga Feivel Lehrer 149
Chapters of Memories By Schraga-Feivel Lehrer 151
Epilogue 164
In the Cieszanow Ghetto By Tuvia Friedman 167
Cieszanow, A Bastion of the Belz Hasidim By Ben Zion Friedman 170
The ‘Bayt Yaakov’ School in Cieszanow By Ben Zion Friedman 172
The Simple Cieszanow Jews 172
R' Leib Ber Geller By Mina Yaroslavitz-Tanenbaum 175
Memories of Parents and Family By Yaffa Weinstein-Berger 176
General Section
A Memorial for All Time ! 180
R' Aryeh Leibusz Koenig ז”ל 181
Memories from the Last War By Schraga Feivel Lehrer 182
Yisgadal VeYiskadash Shmay Raboh… By Schraga Feivel Lehrer 183
Our Cieszanow Community Is Adopted in Haifa By Schraga Feivel Lehrer 184
A Memorial Prayer By Shlomo Zalman Baumel and his son, Jonah 186
Children on the ‘Aryan’ Side Together With Their Families By Ala Mahler 187
     1. A General Overview of Life on the Aryan Side
     2. A Life of Wandering
     3. Life in the More Permanent Refuges
Cieszanow – My Second Home By Mordechai Kaufman 195
     Eastern Galician Jewry – A Pillar of the Jewish People 195
     Memories of Zionist Activities in Cieszanow 197
     Memories-Episodes 199
     Education and Study in Cieszanow 199
     I Am Arrested by the Cieszanow Police 200
     A Regional Get-Together of ‘Hitakhdut’ in Cieszanow 201
     A Petit-Journal, ‘Der Baginen’ in Cieszanow 202
How Many Traitors Does The Jewish Land Require? By Mordechai Kaufman 204
Words to Remember… By Frieda Starkman-Kaufman 206
Scions of Cieszanow Are Tied to the State of Israel By Mordechai Kaufman 207
Our Revered Women By Dr. David Ravid 209
May A Righteous Man Be Remembered for All Times! By Dr. David Ravid 211
My Grandfather מוהר”ר Yitzhak HaKohen Glanzer, ז”ל By Zvi Elimelekh Glanzer 212
Names of the Holy and Pure Souls Most of Whom Were Killed in Sanctification of The Name 213
The Murdered Families Who Gave Their Lives in Sanctification of the Name 221


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