Memorial Book of Kobylnik
(Narach, Belarus)

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Translation of
Sefer Kobylnik

Edited by Yitzhak Siegelman

Published in Haifa, 1967 (H, Y)
Committee of former residents of Kobylnik in Israel

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This is a translation from: Sefer Kobylnik Memorial Book of Kobylnik.
Editor: Yitzhak Siegelman, Haifa, Va'ad Yozei Kobylnik b'Israel,
Committee of former residents of Kolylnik in Israel, 1967 (H, Y).

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Translated by Sara Mages and Yocheved Klausner


Remembrance and Grief
A monument to our town Baruch Axelrod 7
Instead of the Orphan's Kaddish Baruch Axelrods 10
Eulogy Yitzhak Gordon 11
The synagogue of the town and around it Meyer Swirsky 15
Remember Dr. M. Dvorzhesky 20
Life and Folklore
The Grandfather from Kobylnik (poem) (Y) Moshe Kulbak 23
History of our Town Kobylnik Yitzchak Gordon 25
Holidays and Festivals in Town Meir Yavnai (Yavnovich) 30
A wedding in town Dvora Bachman (Gordon) 51
Hechalutz in Kobylnik Yitzchak Gordon 57
With the Actualizers in the hachsharah Movement[1] Aharon Chadash 66
The Education in Our Town, Kobylnik Meir Yavnai (Yavnovich) 70
The economic life of the Jews of Kobylnik Chaim Yavnai 78
Memories from the Old Home [Y] Pinchas Kariv (Kriwitzki) 82
Landscapes and figures in Kobylnik [Y] Yehosua Swidler 89
Blood Libel Meir Yavnai (Yavnovich) 97
The great fire in Kobylnik [Y] Yehosua Swidler 101
Yeshayahu–Yosef the Beadle Meir Yavnai (Yavnovich) 103
Daily life in the town Yafa Persov (Sheinka Janowsky) 107
With the Sense of Farewell Y. Gordon 109
From the Minutes of YIVO in New York   112
Lamentation [Y] Yitzchak Gordon 115
The destruction of Kobylnik Yitzchak Gordon, Chana Dimenshtein, Asher Krukoff, Yosef Blinder 119
Kobylnik and Surroundings during the Holocaust [Y] Yehoshua Swidler 151
Murderes, Murderers of Children [Y] Eng. Meir Swirski 183
On the Day of the Slaughter [Y] Chaya-Lube Swintelsky 187
How did we burn Kobylnik? [Y] Meir Khadash 191
We Have Survived in the Forest [Y] Yosef Blinder 195
My Time with the Partisans [Y] Hertzka Gordon 199
We Lived to See the Liberation [Y] Tzvi Dimenshtein 205
A hiding-place in the pigs and chickens pen Efraim Krobchinsky 208
We Joined the Partisans Meir Chadash 210
Episodes from Hell [Y] Zila Charmetz 213
Wandering in the War [Y] Chaim Gantovnik 218
The Hell that was Ghetto Vilna [Y] Yehosua Swidler 221
The Pain and Grief After the Liberation [Y] Yitzchak Tchernatsky 240
Memorable Days of Kobylnik's Liberation [Y] Meyer Swirsky 244
Memories of By-Gone Days [Y] (poem) Yitzhak Gordon 252
Yosef Tunkievich [Y] Asher Krukoff 257
With the Kobylnik People in Anger and in Pain [Y] Leon Salamon 260
Kobylnik to Bergen–Belsen [Y] Shoshana Pszechodnik (nee Raizel Narotski) 267
Reflections of memory Yitzchak Gordon 271
Remember what the Nazi Amalek did unto thee!   273
List of the martyrs from Kobylnik   274
Addresses of Kobylnikites in Israel   287
Picture of Kobylnikites in Israel   288
Pages to note family events   292
Table of Contents   293
A memorial to our home-town [English]   296

  1. Hakhshara – training in Hebrew – agricultural institutes similar to kibbutzim where Zionist youth would learn their technical skills necessary for their emigration to Israel. Return

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