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Menachem (Menzy) Horwitz

Translated by David Goldman

My father was the most respected person in town. He was a very wise and intelligent man, and knew how to make peace among adversaries. He was happy with his portion in life, and had a good sense of humor. Both the Jews and non-Jews treated him respectfully.

(Photo: Menachem Horwitz)

We had the honor to take him with us to Palestine in 1936 during the difficult days of conflict there. Father was 86, and his grandson, my nephew Feivel, traveled with him (Aharon was then 15). We were thus able to save both of them.

My father arranged his trip to Palestine back in the 1920's. I remember discussions in our home between Father and Moshe Blechman, Avraham Weitz and others. They agreed that one of them would move to Palestine and purchase land for their settlement.

In the meantime there was a change of government and new policies were enacted. Thus they weren't able to carry out their plans. Some of those people died, and the rest were killed by the butchers. None of the family members of the following families survived: Rappaport, Blechman, Pinsker, Manosovitz and others.

Father joyfully and unequivocally accepted the "orders" that we sent him, and got to Palestine as a very old man. Even though conditions in Palestine were not good for a man of his age and health, he never complained or protested. He loved the Land and lovingly accepted his lot and his life there. He demonstrated patience when he encountered things about our life style that he didn't agree with as an Orthodox Jew.

(Photo: Feige, wife of Menachem)

My father had the privilege of living in Palestine until he was 94, and lived among his family who provided him with love and respect. We all missed terribly our brother Feivel and his wife and children who all remained in Horochov. We didn't succeed in bringing them to Palestine, and they were among the martyrs of our town.

Father died in 1944, and was buried in Afula.

Beit Shearim Sarah Horwitz-Chumash

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