Memorial Book of the Community of Sarny
(Sarny, Ukraine)

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Translation of
Sefer yizkor le-kehiat Sarny

Edited by: Y. Kariv

Published in Tel Aviv, 1961



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Esther Gilbert


Translations by Jacob Solomon Berger


This is a translation from: Sefer yizkor le-kehiat Sarny (Memorial book of the Community of Sarny),
Editors: Y. Kariv, Tel Aviv, Former Residents of Sarny and Vicinity in Israel, 1961 (H, Y, 540 pages).

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Foreword The Editorial Committee 5
Introduction Nachman Blumenthal - “Yad Vashem” Administration 9
The Origins and Configuration of Sarny Prof. Ben-Zion Dinor 13
Between Swamps and Forests
Wolhyn Jewry Yitzhak Lamdan 19
The Ambience of Sarny Ber'l Frimer 20
My City, Sarny Yaakov Tzuk (Kottelczuk) 21
That Was the Sarny of the Past Aryeh Avtikhi 22
Memories from the First Days Dr. Jonah Glick 24
Sarny – Its Creation, Existence and Destruction Shlomo Zandweiss 27
Sarny – Its Creation, Existence and Destruction [Y] Shlomo Zandweiss 82
From the Beginning to the End Baruch Raks 155
Pogroms [Y] Moshe Yuz 157
During the Days of Petlura and the Haidamaks Moshe Borko 158
With the Changes in Regime Ari Moor (Moorik) 161
Between One War and the Next Aryeh Attstein 163
An Emissary to Wolhyn in 1930 Ber'l Lukar 166
My Visit to Sarny in 1935 Ber'l Lukar 170
This Is How We Grew Up, This Is How We Matured Levi Bikowsky 171
The Way of Life
What I Will Tell My Son Sarah Turkenitz–Katzman 177
Education and Culture
Teachers & Educators Yaakov Tzuk (Kotelczuk) 179
My Father, Joseph Nyavozhny [Y] Tzvetel Nyavozhny 182
My Rabbi Mordechai Peczenik (Mordechai Edelstein) 183
Education in Polish Wolhyn Shmuel Rosenhack 183
The Educators of the Young Generation in Sarny Abraham-Isaac Murik 186
Integration During the Development of Education Sarah Turkenitz–Katzman 188
The First Hebrew School in Sarny Yitzhak Idan (Zeldin) 191
In the Tarbut School Issachar Bestus 192
The ORT School A. N. Meshorer (Zingerman) 194
Sarny Youth in the Centers of Learning Moshe Yuz 194
Cultural Activities in Sarny Moshe Yuz 195
The First Sarny “Spectacle” Yekhiel Salutsky 198
Movements and Parties
Zionist Sarny Israel Rituv 198
A Clandestine Zionist Assembly in Czarist Times Yekhiel Salutsky 201
Zionist Youth Organizations Ephraim Schneider (Munya) 202
“Hashomer Hatzair” in Sarny Efraim Schneider (Munia) 204
The “Mizrachi” movement in Sarny Baruch Rabinovitz 206
The Revisionist movement in Sarny Asher Miasnik 208
Sarny's Jews and “Keren Kayemet LeYisrael” M. M. Horowitz 209
The Communist movement in Sarny [Y] Mordechai Pecznik 211
Torah and Hassidut
The synagogues in our town Avraham-Ajzik Morik 212
The synagogue of the Stolin-Karlin Hasidim Asher Miasnik 213
The Stolin-Karlin Hassidut Dr. Zev Rabinovitz 216
Hasidic customs in my father's house Shlomo Zandveiss 218
How I earned a place for myself in the world to come [Y] Moshe Borko 220
The dynasty of the Brezne Admorim HaRav Aharon Pecznik 222
The rabbi from Brezne and his Hassidim in Sarny Y. L. Yonatan z”l 223
The Admor R' Yosef Pecznik Mordechai Pecznik 226
The head of the Yeshiva [Y] E. Kast 227
In a margin of a letter Dr. Ester Trasi 230
HaRav R' Nachum-Yehusua HaLevi Pecznik HaRav Aharon Pecznik 231
HaRav R' Chaim-Moshe Hechtman Yafa Hechtman-Brvado 232
HaRav R' Aharon Kunda S. Ben-Zadok 233
During Weekdays and Festivals
The Market Day in Sarny Abraham Murik 234
Czar Nicholas II in Sarny [Y] Shlomo Zandweiss 235
Tragic Encounters Yaakov Tzuk (Kotelczuk) 236
Sarny Comedians [Y] Shlomo Zandweiss 241
Sabbath in the Town Rachel Tarass–Zuckerman 242
The Night of the Seder in the Home of My Parents Yaffa Hechtman–Barbado 242
The Day of Judgment Pua Golomba–Yanait 243
Sarny Youth in France Nehemiah Gildenhoren 246
From the Memories of One of the First Who Made Aliyah Penina Glinansky–Barzilai 246
‘The Concealed [Righteous] One’ Mordechai Peczenik 246
In the Neighboring Settlements
Jews in the Villages of the Sarny Area Meir Walkin 248
From the Way of Life of the Jews in the Villages Nehemiah Gildenhorn 248
Klesów – The Village, Its People and Fate Joseph Zuliar 250
How the Kibbutz Was Established in Klesów Gila Turkowic–Salutsky 251
The Establishment of the Kibbutz in Klesów Sh. Evven–Zohar 252
A Portrait of the Klesów Man Yitzhak Tavenkin 254
The Jews of the Village of Karpylivka [Y] Yentl Burko–Pearlstein 256
The Antonovka Train Station Aharon Shavit (Stern) 259
How It Was Destroyed
  *  *  * Yitzhak Katznelson 263
The Calendar of the War and Holocaust in Sarny   264
The Memorial Day [Y] Joseph Pearlstein 264
From the Beginning of the War to the Nazi Conquest Mordechai Peczenik 266
The Illusion of the Power of Money to Effect Rescue Yitzhak Greenbaum 269
In the Ghetto and in the Extermination
The destruction of the city of Sarny Yitzchak Geller z”l 271
The destruction of the city of Sarny [Y] Yitzchak Geller z”l 285
The Ghetto – the Beginning of the End [Y] Zvi Pearlstein 305
A little girl in the ghetto Yona Burko-Sherman 311
Life in the ghetto [Y] Yosef Wolf 311
The liquidation [Y] Avraham Freilach 312
Destruction [Y] Yisrael Cork 314
In the field of destruction Yosef Wolf 315
The arson that didn't materialize Baruch Krimski 316
I was fifteen years old Arye Turkenich 317
The regional commissar promised Pinchas Neumann 320
Rescued through a German [Y] Feiga Sherman 322
Comments to the story of my sister Feiga'le z”l Yitzchak Schwartz 329
From the ghetto to tha partisans [Y] Berel Bick 331
In the War for Rescue and Life
How I Was Saved from the Killing Valley in Sarny Israel Pinczuk 334
The Extermination and the Rescue Leah Teich–Minkowsky 336
In a Partisan Division [Y] Zalman Perlmutter 347
In the Soviet Army [Y] Issachar Bastus 349
My Revenge Against the Exterminators of Sarny Jewry Meir Walkin 350
Vengeance on the murderers Avraham 352
A Jewish Partisan Esther Zolotow-Ivri 353
Like a Pursued Animal in the Forests Rosa Wachs-Steinberg 354
Rescued Jewish children [Y] Tzvi Alshanski 364
A doctor in the Forest [Y] Dr. Hanan Weinberger 366
The perished and the rescued [Y] Dr. Shimon Tzvayman 368
After the Victory
The Killing Valley in Sarny Meir Walkin 370
The Mass Grave Joseph Wolf 372
An Encounter in Central Asia Raya Kramer–Huberman 373
On the Ruins of Sarny Bruriah Begun–Zilberg 375
The Rescue of Torah Scrolls Joseph Fabrikant 375
How Pictures of the Martyrs Were Obtained from the N.K.V.D. Miriam Bergman 376
From Sarny to the Land of Israel [Y] Yaakov Niemoy 377
From the University to Siberia Moshe F. 388
Through the Ponary Pit and Exile to Kolyma Tzivia Nabozhny–Wildstein 389
Sarny – 1957 Bluma Zweiman 394
From That Inferno [Poem] Chaim Guri 397
The Candles Dedicated to Memory
Those Who Fell in the Holocaust 401
    The Attstein family  
    Benjamin Edelstein  
    Joseph Barzam  
    Pesach & Yehoshua Borko  
    Yaakov Bryk  
    The Family of Shmuel Geifman  
    Esther Goldman  
    Yehoshua Glauberman  
    Chaim Glick  
    Aharon Godel Groszko  
    Shmaryahu Gerszunok  
    Abraham Dichter  
    Chaya Danenberg  
    Shmuel Walkin  
    Pinchas Zandweiss  
    Ahar'l Zandweiss and His Wife Rivka  
    Penina Zandweiss  
    The Jewish Watchman  
    Mindl and Lejzor Zhuk  
    The Family of Zvi Zuliar  
    Velfl Zinger  
    The Family of Itzia Zinger  
    Mendl Zindl  
    Chaim Khaniss  
    Abraham Turkentiz  
    Aharon Miasnik  
    The Nissman Family  
    Alter Pasman  
    Ze'ev Pikman  
    Tirza Peczenik  
    Chaim & Lyuba Pearlstein  
    Benjamin Kantorowicz  
    Israel & Chaya Rosenfeld  
    Aharon Roseberg  
    Yitzchak Reks  
    Zev Shcorr  
    Riva Schpanerplig  
From all the nations [poem] Natan Alterman 432
The martyrs of the Holocaust in Sarny 433
Fell in the illegal immigration, the “Haganah” and the War of Independence 451
Fell in the front and in the partisans' battles 459
In Memory of the Missing
Passed away in Israel and abroad 465
The association of former residents of Sarny and the surrounding area in Israel The committee 508


  • The calendar of the war and the Holocaust in Sarny and the lists were created by Ari Mor.
  • The map of the city was created by the members: Graetz Barzas, Yisrael Brick, Chaim Geipman, Natan Bick, Yosef Wolf and Arye Turkenich who traced the boundaries of the ghetto.
  • The drafting of the map was carried out under the guidance of the member Yakov Kolakowski.


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