Memorial book: the Ritavas Community;
A Tribute to the Memory of our Town

(Rietavas, Lithuania)

55°44' / 21°56'

Capetown, South Africa 2000




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This is the: Memorial book: the Ritavas Community; A Tribute to the Memory of our Town,
Edited by Dr Dina Porat and Ronib Stauber,
and published in 2000 in Cape Town, South Africa, by The Kaplan-Kushlick Foundation.

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Chapter Title Author Page
Foreword (Riteve - A Jewish Shtetl In Lithuania) Dina Porat 8
1 A Background to the Story of Riteve Mendel Kaplan 12
      Part One: Lithuania and its Jewish Community 12
      Part Two: Riteve and Its Jewish Community 19
      Part Three: What Makes a Litvak a Litvak 22
2 The Jewish Shtetl in Lithuania Dina Porat 26
3 The Jews of Lithuania in the Inter–War Period Roni Stauber 29
4 History of Riteve Townsfolk 35
5 Memoirs From Riteve Townsfolk 57
6 Personalities in Riteve Townsfolk 90
7 Public and Zionist Institutions Townsfolk 115
8 The Jewish Sabbath and Holidays Townsfolk 128
9 The Holocaust in Riteve Dina Porat 143
The Holocaust of Lithuanian Jewry Roni Stauber 143
The destruction of the Riteve community Roni Stauber 149
Testimonies 154
Yizkor: List of Victims 165
10 A South African Returns to the Lithuanian Shtetl Mendel Kaplan 168
Appendix 1 184
Ha–Melitz, No. 128, June 24, 1900.
(A list of names of about 100 donors from Riteve,
who collected 26.20 roubles for a fund for the hungry in Bessarabia.)
Appendlx 2
They Died For Israel – Some Obituaries
Glossary of Jewish Terms 189
Footnotes on the Chapters 192
Index 200


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