Commemoration Book Chelm

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Translation of Yisker-bukh Chelm

Edited by: M. Bakalczuk

Published in Johannesburg, 1954

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This is from Yisker-bukh Chelm (Commemoration book Chelm)
Editors: M. Bakalczuk-Felin, Johannesburg, Former Residents of Chelm, 1954 (Y, 731 pages).

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Mellech Bakalczuk-Felin Preface           I
Dr. P. Friedman The Beginning and the History of a Yiddish Community     13-36
Dr. S. Milner The History of the Jews of Chelm     39-40
I. Janasowicz The Myth of Chelm in Jewish Literature     45-52
Joseph Gotfarsztajn The Chelm Stories Are Not So Foolish     53-60
S. Wasserman Chelm     61-62
Hersh Sziszler My Home Town   99-100
K. Winik “Bund” and its Social Revolutionistic Work 129-130
S. Winer How Chelm Was Saved From a Pogrom in 1905 149-152
Shmuel Szargel The History of the Jewish Workers Party Poalei-Zion (Left) in Chelm 153-178
K. Winik Jewish Life and Work in Chelm 179-202
Chava Biderman-Biale Chelmer Jewish Gymnasie 203-204
J. Floimenbolm The Fate of the Chelm “Tarbut” School 207-208
S. Beker Concerning the “Zeirei-Zion” Party 209-210
J. Zilber The Revisionist Party 213-214
B. Aminodov Chelm Help Zbonsziner Refugees 215-216
W. Gotlib The Scouts Association 217-218
B. Binsztok Chelm, An Old Beautiful Jewish Town 221-222
I. Achtman How the Peretz Library was established in Chelm 225-226
I. Achtman Jewish Theatre 229-230
Berl Naturman About Posters in Yiddish at the First Anniversary of the Death of Sholem Aleichem 233-234
J. Beker The Poalei Zion Party in in the Chelm City Council 235-248
H. Handelsman The Artisans Union 249-250
D. Goldreich Chelemer Cultural Life 255-256
Yisroel Aszendorf Skhus Oves un Skhus Katoves [Ancestral Merits and in the Merit of a Jest] 259-260
J. Milner Men of Fame and Personalities 265-286
R. Henes Shmuel Mordekhai (Arthur) Zigelboim 287-294
R. Zygielboim Al Kiddush HaShem [In the sanctification of God's name] 295-302
K. Winik Dr. Yitzhak Sziper – Deputy from Chelm in the Polish Sejm 303-310
Yakov Frydman A Poem About a Chelemer Malamed, a Customs House and Shabbos Shire 309-310
A. Ajzen Moshe Lerer 311-316
S. Kaczergyynski About Moshe Lerer: Extracts of the “Lexicon of Yiddish Literature”
“Yivo Bleter”. Vol 26. No.6 Destruction of Vilna
Moshe Lerer A Jewish Wedding in Chelm in the Old Days 317-318
N. Gris About Joseph Milner 319-320
H. Herz The Sixty Years of Joseph Milner 321-322
Ch. Wilner-Winer Samuel Winer 321-324
H. Shishler Personalities and Types Who Are No More 325-326
M. Unger The Rebbe, Reb Note 337-338
J. Kornblit Famous Rabbis 341-342
R. Richtszrajber Shlomo Samet 345-346
K. Wasserman The Fighting Girl of Chelm – Chava Szafran 347-348
J. Nunison Sholom Goldhar 349-350
S. Winner Captain S. Winer – A Brave Fighter against the Enemies of our people 351-352
Baliar (Stoler) Motel Baliar 357-358
Ben-Aaron Teachers of Chelm 359-360 
J. Linherz Motl Tovya's; Moshe Zamler 361-362
H. Sh. Feiwl Fryd, K. Waserman and A. Y. Dubelman 363-365
M. Tenenboim Leibele Stol, Mendl Stam, and Dr. Yisroel Oks 365-366
Y. Ceber Yisroel Yitzhak Nankin 368
Sh. Tenenboim The Uncle from Chelm 369-370
Alkwit-Blum Moonlit Nights 371-372
Hilel Szargel Chelm A Poem 377-378
Pinye Lerer Those I Remember 381-382
Shmuel Winer Why Y.L. Peretz Did Not Deliver his Lecture in Chelm, Shavous, 1912 389-390
Hilel Szagel Spring in the Old Country 405-406
I.Milner Kalayev, the Great Russian Revolutionary – A Chelemer… 407-408
Shloyme Wasserman Hrubiewszower Street 421-422
Moyshe Grinberg The Shtibl of the Belzer Hasidim 439-440
Chelm A Poem 443-444
B.Binshtok A Page of Memories 445-446
B. Orensztajn Chelm and its Environs 457-458
Khaim Furman Apolin 465-466
Chaim Worzoger Chelm in the Years 1924 to 1931 469-470
Zygielboim Chelm As I Remember It 477-482
B. Alkvit Some Memories 483-484
Y. Kelner Woislowicz 485-486
T. Ayzen Reminiscences 487-488
R. Szrojt Jews of My Town 489-492
R. Tseber Light and Shadow 493-494
E. Shindler A Day in Chelm 495-496
Y. T. Shargel Mayn Shvester Perl 497-500
L. Kahan The Slaughter of the Jews in Chelm 505-506
B. Bruker The Death March – Chelm-Hrubieshow-Sokal 513-514
J. Herz The Death March 523-524
Schneur Wasserman Lipa the Butcher from Chelm (Poem) / Whose Am I, Who Is Left for Me? / My Heart Is Rising with Thorns 533-536
J.Groskop Chelm ar the Time of the Hitler Occupation 537-538
J. Grinszpan About the Two Last Actions in Chelm 545-546
I. Iser Zilber Eyewitness Testimony 547-554
G. Libhober Eye Witness Account 555-556
G. Libhober Not a City, but a True Cemetery 559-560
Yoel Ponsczak Eye Witness Account 561-562
Manis Zitrin Eye Witness Accounts 563-564
Shloime Brustman Eye Witness Accounts 567-568
H. Akhtman Between Life and Death 569-570
Yoshe Akhtman In the Chelm Work Camp 581-582
  Revenge! Revenge! 585-586
J. G. In Those Days 587-588
  Habeit Mishamayim U'Reeh 589-590
M. Hochman Eyewitness Tesimony of Moshe Hochman 591-600
Avrohom Lew A Bottle of Ashes 599-600
  A Conference on Social Self Help 601-602
Khaim Sobol During the Days of the Destruction 621-622
Shlomo Wahrzorger Chelm 623-624
M. Milchteich-Lorber The Last Action 625-626
K. Binsztok Jewish Heroism 629-630
Y. Fainsztok A Gruesome Summation 631-632
A.Y. Kornblit The Avenger, Esther Terner 633-634
  Jewish Avengers 635-636
Y. Yoykenen On the Tenth Yortsayt of the Slaughter in Chelm 637-638
B. Mitzfliker The Miracle of the Last Jews in Chelm 639-640
A. Goldman The Suffering, Death and Heroism of Chelemer Landslayt 643-644
S. Brayer The Great Catastrophe 647-648
B. Alkwit Chelm during the Ghetto Rising 649-650
Moishe Gantz Chelm After the Liberation 653-656
  That Which I Lost Will Never Return 655-656
Yankev Tsvi Szargel When Chelm Fell 657-658
Bela Szargel Eyewitness Account 661-662
I.I. Sigal Chelm 663-664
R. Engiender Witness Testimony 665-666
Sholem Shtern Poems 667-668
H. Sziszler The End of a Jewish City 669-670
H. J. Monty The Chelemer Landsmanschaften in South Africa 677-678
B. Binsztok Chelm in America 694-702
S. Winer The First 26 Years of the Chelemer Branch of the Workman's Circle in New York 703-794
B. Alkwit A Chelemer Story in an American Way 705-708
Dr. B. Orlean The Chelemer Landsmanschaften in Paris 709-710
J. Eplboim Chelm and Surrounding Areas Society for Mutual Aid in Argentina 715-718
R. Zeber Chelm Landsmanschaften in Australia 719-720
I. Achtman Chelmer Jews in Montreal, Canada 723-724
I. Achtman Chelemer Jews in Cuba 725-726
M. Jakobowicz Chelemer Jews in Brazil 727-728
L. R. Chelemer Relief in Mexico 728
  We Plant Trees in the Forest of the Martyrs 729-732
  Memorial dedications Gimel
  Necrology (based on memorial dedications) Gimel


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