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O, Lord who art full of compassion…

 

 

“Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.”
 
The Lamentations of Jeremiah 1:12

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Foreword

The Editorial Board of the Jarosław Memorial Book

Translated by Selwyn Rose

In awe and compassion, we present this Memorial Book of the Jarosław community to the survivors of the town in Israel and abroad.

This Memorial book is about one of the oldest and most magnificent communities in Poland to be annihilated by the Nazi terror.

Generations distant and recent look out at us from the pages of this book; generations of Jews, masters of varied talents: rabbis, great Torah scholars, intellectuals and leaders of the Zionist movements and the wider public whose light shone forth for centuries in the community of Jarosław and beyond.

Jarosław was a dynamic and effervescent town full of life. Within it flourished loyal Jews, scholars, businessmen and simple people who grew up with a deep love for Zion.

Jewish Jarosław! You were our town and mother, a town within which was formed and cast a mode of life and a special way of life out of which burst the desire and ambition to present an example of excellence and a spiritual center of the region. Your citizens shaped your character, injecting western culture and the modern life of those times. You were a city of industry and commerce, Torah and education. A proud generation grew within you, a self–confident generation full of understanding, a generation imbued with ambition towards nationalism and humanitarianism.

That wonderful structure was destroyed and laid to waste.

From within the pages of this book, emerge forgotten images and “yesterday” is resurrected. We have described the life–style of the residents. We tell of the values on which they were educated and have tried to give a picture of prayer–houses, educational establishments, youth movements and political parties. We have tried to erect and recreate chapters from the life of the town, the material, the spiritual, and the creative.

We do not pretend to say that we have succeeded in illustrating the whole canvas of Jewish life in Jarosław, the individual's life–events and deeds. They did not come to full expressions, either because no one could tell about them or because of the scope of the book. At the same time, we ensured that the book would include and illustrate all the layers of Jewish Jarosław – its movements and social streams from the beginnings of the community's existence until its destruction. We also ensured that all documents, lists, registrations and surveys were authenticated to every possible extent.

Nevertheless, in spite of our greatest efforts we failed to find documentation for several personalities and institutions, organizations and societies that had occupied a significant standing within the Jewish community of Jarosław. May the positives atone for the negatives.

In this book, a special place is devoted to extensive articles on special and unforgettable periods in the life of the Jarosław community, as well as short lists of the survivors of the Jarosław community who put on paper their longings for a continuance of their destroyed families and the exterminated community.

May this book be an Eternal Flame of remembrance to the pure martyred souls.

Tel–Aviv 1977

 

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