The Dereczyn Memorial Book
(Derechin, Belarus)

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Translation of Sefer Dereczyn

Published in Tel Aviv, 1966


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This is a translation from: Sefer Dereczyn The Dereczyn Memorial Book:
A Book of Remembrance Honoring the Communities of Dereczyn, Halinka, Kolonia--Sinaiska.
Tel Aviv: Deretchiners Societies in Israel and the USA. 1966

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Translated by Kevin Hanit

The Dereczyn Memorial Book

Publication Committee 4
Our Memorial Book by Yekhezkiel Raban [E & Y] 5
A Silent Kaddish for Our Dearest by Abraham-Kadish Feder [Y] 10
Deretchiner Yiskor Book Committee Letter by Abraham Feder, Sara Slotnick, Rose Siskind [E & Y] 11
Picture of the Deretchiner Yiskor Book Committee 12
To Our Dereczyn Brothers & Sisters in The U.S. by Malka Alper [Y] 13
On the Occasion of the Publication of the Book by David Rabinovich [Y] 14
Map of the Dereczyn Area 16
Once there was a Town… 17
        Dereczyn of the Past by Chaim Rabinovich [Y] 19
        They Exalted the Name of Dereczyn by Chaim Zvi Miller-Sinai [H] 42
        My Grandfather Occupying the Rabbinical Seat of Dereczyn by Eliyahu Herenson [H] 45
        The Dereczyn of My Youth by Shlomo Yudson [Y] 47
        Three Tales from Dereczyn of Yore by Shlomo Yudson  
                1. Fear [Y] 52
                2. An Eclipse of the Sun [Y] 55
                3. To the Hakafot [Y] 58
        The Sinai Colony by Chaim Zvi Miller-Sinai [H] 65
        From the Mouth of My Mother, of Blessed Memory by Yaffa Prozbol [Y] 68
At the Dawn of the Twentieth Century 69
        In the Days of Change and Transformation by Jacob Kobrinsky [H] 71
        A Torah Scroll by Fanny Boyerman-Feder [Y] 73
        Rabbis, Scholars and Teachers by Malka Alper [Y] 77
        Our Town at the Beginning of the [Twentieth] Century by Naftali Ben-Dov (Dykhovsky) [H] 80
        Haskalah, the Bund, Self-Defense by Chaim Rabinovich [Y] 81
        Sent Off to Dereczyn by Ray Raskin [Y] 91
        Stormy Years by Joe Silkovich [Y] 93
        Once Upon A Time… by Feiga-Leah Abramovich [Y] 96
        Memories from My Father's Tavern by Dvora (Dvosha) Kress-Beckenstein [Y] 97
        Bitter and Sweet Memories by Nahum Bliss-Blizniansky [Y] 99
        Jewish to the Last Breath by Moshe Kwiat [Y] 99
        Those Pious, Upstanding Jews by Esther Nissenbaum-Bricker [Y] 102
        A Night Ride on the Coach by Malka Alper [Y] 103
        A Teacher in Dereczyn by Hannah Novick [Y] 104
        From the Last Will and Testament of Simkheh the Storekeeper [Y] 106
In the First World War 107
        The Years of War & Occupation by Chaim Rabinovich [Y] 109
        In the Vise of the War by Malka Alper [Y] 115
        Under the Yoke of the German Occupation by Jacob Rabinovich [H] 118
        The Food Committee by Mattityahu (Mottel) Abelovich [Y] 120
        A Charity Soup Kitchen for the Needy by Malka Alper [H] 121
        War Chitchat by Malka Alper [Y] 122
Personalities & Their Achievements 123
        David Alper  
                My Brother, David by Malka Alper [Y] 125
                Our Unforgettable Teacher by Liza Katz-Bialosotsky [H] 126
                The Alper Family by David Rabinovich [H] 127
                David Alper, Our Teacher and Principal by Asher Shofet (Negbah) [H] 128
                He Who Is Not Forgotten Is Not Dead by Naftali Ben-Dov (Dykhovsky) [H] 129
        Rabbi Chaim Zvi Sinai-Miller  
                Our Father's Way by Khemda & Israel Artzi [H] 130
                A Figure of Shining Light by Malka Alper [H] 131
                My Mentor and Teacher by Kalman Abramovich [H] 132
                I Was Proud to Call Him 'Uncle' by Gustav Sharon (Johannesburg) [H] 132
        Chaim Lansky  
                A Difficult Childhood, A Hard Life by Jacob Rabinovich [H] 133
                Lansky In His Town by Malka Alper [H] 135
                A Poet Under Duress by Joshua Gilboa [Y] 139
                My Friend Chaim, The Dreamer by David Rabinovich [H] 141
                The Role of Home in Lansky's Poetry by Abraham Kariv [H] 142
                Poetry by Chaim Lansky [Y] 144
The Last Generation 149
        I See Her, Dereczyn by M. Izaakovich [H] 151
        Our Synagogues by Jacob Rabinovich [H] 151
        Dereczyn In No-Man's Land by Chaim Rabinovich [Y] 152
        During the Stormy Days by Malka Alper [H] 156
        Memories From Those Days by Jacob Rabinovich [H] 158
        A Jewish-Polish Kitchen by Malka Alper [H] 162
        Planting and the Harvest by Schraga-Fyvel Einstein (Chicago) [H] 163
        Between Zion and Revolution by Malka Alper [Y] 166
        Following Upheavals and Pogroms by Moshe Sedletsky [H] 169
        The Tarbut School As Told By a Group of Students [H] 174
        My Father, The Last Rabbi of Dereczyn by Meir Bakalchuk [Y] 178
        The Holy Rabbi, Gaon of Dereczyn, Bakalchuk zts”l by Rabbi Chaim-Chaikel Grinberg [H] 182
        The Yavneh School by Nekha Petrukhovich [Y] 184
        Betar & Tzahar In Our Town by M. Bakalchuk, A. Beckenstein, K. Abramovich [H] 187
        In the Service of the Dereczyn Community by Eliyahu Herenson [H] 193
        Visiting the Sick & Overnight Sick Watch by Nekha Petrukhovich [Y] 198
        Our Town in the Thirties by Isser Lev [H] 199
        Hatred of the Jews on the Eve of Destruction by Malka Alper [Y] 199
Memories 201
        This Is How We Lived in Our Town by Haya Kreslansky [Y] 203
        My Grandfather, z”l ts by Tzirel Kamenetsky [Y] 206
        Under the Bolsheviks by Mattityahu Abelovich [Y] 209
        The Budding of Zionist Socialism in Dereczyn by Naftali Ben-Dov [H] 209
        The Origins of the HeHalutz Branch by David Rabinovich [H] 211
        My Grandfather & Grandmother, z”l by Dov Gorinovsky [H] 212
        The Holy Sabbath in My Father's House by Sarah Basevitz-Slonimsky [H] 212
        Festivals and the High Holy Days by Malka Alper [Y] 213
        How Could One Possibly Forget!? By Dvora Smith-Shelovich [Y] 215
        My Birthplace, Dereczyn by Shayndl Wilenczyk [Y] 216
        My Grandmother & Grandfather by Sarah Teichman-Levinger [Y] 217
        Hiemise Lider by Moshe Kahan (Minkvich) [Y] 218
        Festival Time in Town by Chaya Beckenstein-Pilzer [Y] 220
        My Husband's Family by Nekhama Petrukhovich [Y] 221
        My Scholarly and Enterprising Father by Shimon Abramovich [H] 222
        How I Took Leave of My Home by Miriam Pechersky-Slonimsky [H] 223
        And This Is How We Emigrated to The Holy Land by Esther Dlugolansky [H] 224
        My Last Sabbath in Dereczyn by Saul Gorinovsky [Y] 225
        My Little Town, Halinka by Mina Liebreider [Y] 226
        Enlivenment in Town – An Autobus by Chaya Beckenstein-Pilzer [Y] 228
        A Comical Event by Shayndl Kamenitzer [Y] 228
        A Master of the Tanach by Meir Ziskind [Y] 230
        A Fire in Town by Leah Eliovich-Yatvitsky [Y] 232
        I Met With My Very First Teacher by Rachel Alper [H] 233
        My Family That Was Wiped Out by Shoshana Shapiro-Nozhnitsky [H] 234
        Dereczyn No Longer Exists by Dora Birnbaum-Rothstein [Y] 235
        A Visit to My Hometown by Rukhamah Ziskind-Abelovich [Y] 237
        I Was a Witness to a False Accusation by Leah Shlechter-Shapiro [H] 239
        My Brother Leibeh by Leah Elyovich-Yatwitsker [Y] 240
        My Father's House on the Schulhof by Liza Katz-Bialosotsky [H] 241
        The Pain of Memories by Rivkah Saglowitz-Dykhovsky [H] 242
The Destruction 243
        My Town Dereczyn by Katya Klebnik-Bialosotsky [Y] 245
        This Is How the Jewish Community of Dereczyn Was Destroyed by Masha & Abraham-Hirsch Kulakowski [H] 246
        The Fate of the Feldman Family by Rachel Efrat-Feldman [Y] 256
        The Germans Have Arrived by Sara Wachler-Ogulnick [Y] 258
        From the Hideaway into the Forest by Yehudit Yankelevich-Lantzevitzky [Y] 259
        Barely Escaping With Our Lives to the Forest by Pesha Feinsilber [Y] 260
        We Were Slaves… by Y. Reich [H] 266
        How Tzippel Beckenstein Committed Suicide by Pesha Feinsilber [Y] 267
        I Was A Refugee in Oppressed Dereczyn by Shmuel Bernstein [H] 268
        Escaped from the Slaughter by Gutka Boyarsky-Salutsky [Y] 283
        Out of the Mass Grave by Musha Novitsky-Grachuk [Y] 284
        The Destruction of the Dereczyn Jewish Community by Sh. Nieger [Y] 287
        The Bloody Tenth Day of Ab by Tsirel Kaminetsky-Friedman [Y] 288
        From the Memories of a Refugee by Y. Krimolovsky [H] 290
        The Fate of My Family by Chaya Levin-Glicksfeld [Y] 292
        During the Days of Slaughter by Katya Bialosotsky-Khlebnik [Y] 295
        This Is How I Was Saved On the Day of Slaughter by Sarah Wachler-Ogulnick [H] 298
        Remaining the Only One by Avraham-Yitzhak Medvetzky [Y] 300
        The End of Halinka by Mina Liebreider [Y] 301
        Tribulation, Torture and Death by Jekuthiel Khmelnitsky [Y] 302
        Only I Remained from My Entire Family by Chaya Einstein-Osterovitz [H] 307
        I Saw All This With My Own Eyes by Nekha Petrukhovich [Y] 308
        To the Entire World by Regina Rabinovich [Y] 310
        Al Tival and Money by Regina Rabinovich [H] 312
In the Forests 315
        Two Years in the Partisan Forces by Masha & Abraham-Hirsch Kulakowski [Y] 317
        The Only Imperative - Take Revenge by Jekuthiel Khmelnitsky [Y] 326
        Hunger and Death in the Forest by Tsirel Kaminetsky-Friedman [Y] 333
        Dr. Yekhezkiel Atlas – The Partisan Doctor by Dr. Y. Rockover [H] 336
        With the Dereczyn Fighters in the Forest by Shmuel Borenstein [H] 340
        The Whole Family Lost in the Forest by Gutka Boyarsky-Salutsky [Y] 349
        I Saved Myself Along With My Children by Kayla Azaf [Y] 352
        In the Partisan Camp by Yehudit Yankelevich-Lantzevitzky [Y] 356
        Two Out of the Entire Family by Moshe Kwiat [Y] 357
        We Were Saved from a Terrifying Trap by Masha Kulakowski [H] 359
        My Life in the Forests by Haya Beckenstein-Pilzer [Y] 361
        In the Forest With My Brother by Musha Novitsky-Grachuk [Y] 366
        Anti-Semitism in the Forest by Moshe Kwiat [Y] 369
        With the Partisans by Abraham-Yitzhak Medvetsky [Y] 370
        My Sister Ruzha Falls in the Forest by Katya Khlebnik-Bialosotsky [Y] 371
        The Zionist Dream in the Thickness of the Forest by Masha Kulakowski [H] 373
They Fell With Their Guns In Their Hands [H] 374
Wandering 381
        Uprooted with the Maelstrom by Meir Bakalchuk [Y] 383
        From The Foreign Land to the Homeland by Rivkah Becker [H] 392
        Torn Out of the Pulpit at Sinaiska by Rabbi Israel ben Ch. M. Kaplinsky [H] 394
On the Ruins 397
        Back in Dereczyn by Sarah Wachler-Ogulnick [Y] 399
        No Where to Return by Chaya Beckenstein-Pilzer [Y] 402
        On the Ruins of the Dreams of My Youth by Masha Kulakowski [H] 403
        From Forest Bunkers to Mass Graves by Malka Bulkovstein [Y] 404
        Orphaned, Abandoned, and Hopeless by Moshe & Israel Kwiat [H] 404
        A Kosher Passover Among the Ruins by Mekhama Petrukhovich [Y] 405
        Among Ruined Streets and Lanes by Meir Bakalchuk [H] 405
Derecziners in America 409
        The Founding of the “Deretchiners Society” by Joe (Jonah) Silkovich [Y] 411
        The Dereczyn Relief Committee in New York by Abraham Kadish Feder [Y] 414
        In Memory of Our Friend, Nathan Bliss by Jonah Silkovich [Y] 418
        Deretchiners in America by David Rabinovich [Y] 420
        Sarah Slotnick-Yanofsky, z”l by Malka Alper [Y] 423
        Her Son, Meir, z”l [Y] 424
Dereczyn Kinfolk in Israel 425
        Relief-Work of the Dereczyn Kinfolk in Israel by Malka Alper [Y] 427
        From Sinaiska – To the Land of Israel by Esther Dlugolansky (Petakh-Tikvah) [H] 430
        Yaakov Izaakovich, A Chess Fanatic Among the Blind by Moshe Guter [H] 431
        What I Learned from the Mouth of My Mother by Yitzhak Wachler [H] 432
In Memory of Deceased Dereczyn Landsleit 433
        Remarks in Memory of David Rabinovich z”l by Kalman Lichtenstein [H] 433
        My Father, of Blessed Memory by Ilan Rabinovich [H] 434
        Elkeh Lichtenstein by Malka Alper [H] 435
        At the End of the First Year by Miriam Musikant [H] 436
        Elkeh Lichtenstein of the Dykhovsky Family z”l by David Rabinovich [H] 436
        A Portrait of the Late Chava Sharar z”l of the Salutsky Family by Menahem Rahat [H] 437
        A Portrait of My Mother, Bluma, z”l by Khemda Artzim of the Sinai-Miller Family [H] 438
        In Memory of my Mother Shoshana Gutman z”l by Israel Gil-Or (Gutman) [H] 438
        A Portrait of My Mother Dina Levitin of the Sinai Family by Naomi Mizrahi [H] 439
        Israel Dror-Dereczinksy z”l , – The Man of Shfai'im by Malka Alper [H] 440
        In Honor of His Person by David Gutsfurkht [H] 441
        Hanan Abelovich z”l by Malka Alper [H] 442
        To the Memory of Yerakhmiel Edelstein z”l by Dov Gorinovsky [H] 442
        Yerakhmiel Edelstein z”l by Malka Alper [H] 443
        Isser Lev z”l by Meir Bakalchuk [Y] 444
        Rachel Eichenbaum-Walansky z”l by A. [Y] 444
        Shimon Lusky z”l by Malka Alper [Y] 445
        In Memory of Reb Mordechai Zolotkovsky by Abraham Baysman [H] 445
        Ze'ev Ogulnick z”l by M.B. [H] 446
        Moshe Izaakovich z”l [H] 446
        My Sister Shoshana z”l by Y. Izaakovich [H] 446
        Lazar Rosenberg z”l [Y] 447
        Beba, (Nekhama) Wife of Reb Yoshe Rabinovich z”l [Y] 447
        Eliyahu, son of Reb Yoshe (Joseph) Rabinovich z”l [H] 447
        Ethel (Esther) daughter of Joseph & Beba Herenson-Rabinovich z”l [H] 447
        Our Sister Rachel Alper z”l by Malka Alper [Y] 448
        Rachel had Many Facets by Amiram [H] 449
        With the Memory of Rachel Alper z”l by Meir Bakalchuk [H] 449
        Rachel Daughter of Dereczyn by Y. Raban [H] 450
        Liova (Aryeh) Greenwald z”l [Y] 451
        Nachman (Nakheh) Goldenberg z”l [Y] 451
        Alter Lobzovsky z”l [Y] 451
Memorial Pages [Y] 453
Necrology: Martyrs of the Community of Dereczyn [Y] 489

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