On the Ruins of My Home;
The Destruction of Siedlce
(Siedlce, Poland)

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Translation of
Oyf di khurves fun mayn heym (khurbn Shedlets)

Editor: Melech Fainzilber

Published in Tel Aviv, 1952



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This is a translation of: Oyf di khurves fun mayn heym (khurbn Shedlets)
(On the ruins of my home; the destruction of Siedlce),
Editor: Melech Fainzilber, Tel Aviv, 1952 (Y 260 pages).

Note: The original book can be seen online at the NY Public Library site: Siedlce (1952)

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TOC translated by Yocheved Klausner


A Few Words by Yoel Mastboym 4
A word from the author 5
1. Returning Home 7
2. In the Ruins 12
3. Pienke Street 16
4. Kilinske Street 23
5. On the Sacred Area 26
6. At the Old Cemetery 32
7. The Last Hours in the Large Ghetto 34
8. At the Umschlagplatz 38
9. Bloody Statistics 50
10. The Large Ghetto 52
11. The Ghetto Hospital 72
12. Asher Orszel and his Heritage 80
13. The Old City 85
14. “Children for Children” in the Ghetto 98
15. At the Ruins of the Butchers' Beis-Medresh 100
16. In the Former Mikveh 106
17. The Small Ghetto 111
    A. Labor Camps 118
    B. Life and Death in the Small Ghetto 121
    C. The New Jewish Council 124
    D. The Last Days of the Small Ghetto 126
18. Gensze-Barki 129
19. The Final Road 137
Survivors Tell their Story 140
Gentiles Tell the Story 167
Sadism, Ferocity and Brutality 171
Gentiles who Saved Jews, and Gentiles who Murdered Jews 182
At the Graves of our Fathers (a memorial to the Jewish institutions) 213
The Talmud Torah [Hebrew School] 214
B. “Ezrat Yetomim” [Orphans' Aid] 217
“Hazamir” (lit. “the nightingale,” a library and a collection of musical instruments) 223
The Cultural Life 227
Yitzhak Nachum Weintraub 232
The Lawyer Yosef Landau 236
Dr. Henrik Loebel 237
Hershl Tennenbaum 239
Once there were in Siedlce Three Jewish Cemeteries 241
Dates of the Jewish Martyrdom in Siedlice 250
Index of Names 255


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