Voronovo: Memorial Book to the
Martyrs of Voronovo

(Voranava, Belarus)

54°09' / 25°20'

Translation of
Voronova; sefer zikaron le-kedoshei Voronova
she-nispu be-shoat ha-natsim

Edited by: H. Rabin, Voronova Societies in Israel and the United States

Published in Israel, 1971


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Acknowledgments

Project Coordinator

Adam Cherson

 

Jack Gottleib (emeritus)

 

This is a translation from: Voronova; sefer zikaron le-kedoshei Voronova she-nispu be-shoat ha-natsim
(Voronova; memorial book to the martyrs of Voronova who died during the Nazi Holocaust),
Editors: H. Rabin, Israel, Voronova Societies in Israel and the United States, 1971 (H,Y, 440 pages).


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Hebrew translated by Sara Mages
Yiddish translated by Yocheved Klausner

 

Town Map   Unnumbered
Words from the Editorial Board   5
Additional words and appreciation   10
 
Voronovo – History and Value
 
Voronova in the Sources and in the Voronova Book H. Rabin 13
Image of Voronova, My Town Shlomo Aviel Shmerkovitsh 20
Profile of a Town Shlomo Paikovski 25
 
Holocaust and Heroism
 
From Bad to Worse Meir Shamir 31
My Holocaust Experience Khenye Konopke 46
Thanks to our child Moshe and Chaya Kaplan 57
Final Days of Our Town Keileh Grodzenchik (Shamir) 70
Ghettos and the Forest Keileh Grodzenchik (Shamir) 74
With the Bielski battalion M. Shamir 89
A child in the suffering of the Holocaust K. Lisorskie 108
Heroism and revenge of a Voronovo son Zalman Dokshtolski, 111
The story of an avenging youth Yekutiel (Koshka) Boeisky 119
I Left for the Forest at Age 15 Ze'ev Kaplan 123
Under an evil regime Yitzchak Ben-Ami 127
A 15 year old boy in the hand of fate Yakov Olkenitzky 137
Miserable days in Russia Bat-Sheva Kalamanovitz-Podesiuk 143
Long is the Road to Zion Isaac Olkenitzky 146
A small addition of revenge Shmuel Koplovitz 149
My revenge against the liquidator of the Jews in our region M. Kaplan 155
After the Underground Y. Dvilinski 160
My Father is Summoning Me [Poem] Shlomo Aviel (Shmerkovitsh) 163
 
Our Town – Memoirs, Images, Short stories
 
Voronova: A Town of Blue and White Yekhezkel Poz-Puziriski 169
A Town with a Marketplace and Neighborhoods Shimon Levin 173
A Town of Unsettled Youth Aharon Konikhovski (Krani) 177
“Chayei Adam”[1] Society and “Mishniyot” Society[2] S. Levine 179
The Boulevards of Voronove [Poem] Shlomo Aviel–Shmerkovitsh 182
The Rabbis and The Rabbinical Dispute S. Levin 186
Yakov “Yankel” Kaminetski M.S.V. 188
Illustrative Curiosities Khaye Levine (Rothbart) 190
Women of Our Town Aharon Karni (Konikhovski) 194
A Tale About a Telephone Y. Poz (Puziriski) 195
A Tale About a Handshake Y. Poz (Puziriski) 195
 
The Route to Redemption – Community, Movements and Organizations
 
Hashomer HaTsair[3] Nest in Voronova Abrashka Moltsadski (Sharid) 199
The Zionist and HeKhaluts[4] Movement in Voronova mov M. Kuznets, of Blessed Memory 202
From the Memories of an Emissary Yosef Bankover 205
Betar[5] in Voronova A.A. Olkenitski, Khenyeh Konopke and Khaye Levine (Rothbart) 207
‘Supplement’ to the Image of Betar[5] Shlomo Paikovski 210
Restless Youth (A Guide to Our Perplexed Town) S. Levine 213
Impressions of a Teacher in Voronova Tova Shomroni 216
Educators, Education, Educational Establishments, Educational Conditions, and melameds Shimon Levine 219
The Building and its Contents Shimon Levine 222
 
Persons of Quality
 
A veteran Zionist, R' Nehemiah Shapira Yehoshua Shomroni 227
Mr. Yosef Shmerkovitsh M.S.V. 229
Reyzl Moltsadski M.S.V. 233
The New Synagogue Shimon Levine 235
 
Died in Israel
 
List of Voronovo's people who died in Israel   238
For this I will lament S. Aviel 239
In memory of Yehoshua, Of Blessed Memory Aharon Karni 249
My Father Matetyahu, Of Blessed Memory Prof. Moshe Kuznets 250
Reb Gottlieb Konikhovski, Of Blessed Memory S. Aviel 251
 
The Yiddish Book
 
Our Shete'le
 
I See You, My Little Town V. Shomroni 259
Tsimes, Psalms and Medicine M. Kuznets 261
Little Memories Y. Shomroni 264
To the First Minyan with the Cows M. Kuznitz 267
Voronove, the Concept of Hospitalty A. Ginsburg 270
Let Us Recall A. Konopka 271
The Zionist Veteran Nekhemye Shapira Y. Shomroni 273
Memories, Types, and Victims R. Goll 275
Direct and Indeirect Paths to Zionism Ruven Gol 279
The Society of Voronova in America and about Izzy Dikson   284
 
Heroism and Destruction
 
Thanks to our child Moshe and Chaia Kaplan 289
The last days of Voronovo K. Gradzentchik 302
In My Own “Partizanka” Y. Konikhovski 307
An Involuntary Hero Z. Dukshtulski 319
Our Child Saved Us K. Lisorski 332
Exactly When It Rained M. Konopke (Mutshnik) 337
A Child Partisan Yekutiel (Kushke) Boyarski 346
Under Gentile Regimes I. Ben–Ami 352
Death Before Our Eyes R. Konopke–Mayortshik 367
Taking Some More Vengeance S. Kopelovitsh 369
My Miserable Russian Days Bat Sheba Podisiuk-Kalmanovitsh 375
In Memory of the Slaughtered Voronove Jews H. Solodukha 379
This is How My Shtetl Marched to Death M. Kaplan 382
 
These are the names of the Voronovo martyrs   385
List of Voronovo immigrants to Israel   390
 
The Soletchnik (Šalčininkai) Book   393
 
Table of Contents   395
The tiny town - “Great Soletchnik” H. Kaplan 397
Soletchnik is big despite her small size H. Goldanski 401
Soletchnik on the eve of Shoah Chaim Kalai (Streletsky) 405
A home in Soletchnik Y. Karom 407
Velvele in Soletchnik Chava Levine (Lieberman) 409
This is how my mother blessed me H. Levin 409
How I Made Aliyah Yosef Krum 411
Because of Wagner's Tractors Chaim Kalai 412
List of people from Soletchnik living in the Diaspora and in Israel   414
 
The Great Soletchnik [Y]
 
The Great Soletchnik [Y] T. Krum 417
Generosity in My shtetl [Y] Esther Katz (Taibel) 422
Yakov Katz – Soletchnik's Poet [Y] A.G. [Glikman] 426
A Silent Soul [Y] A. Glikman 428
To live I want – to live! [Y] Yakov Katz 428
Flowers [Y]   428
Soletchnik and Soletchniker in death [Y] Tzemah Krum 430
Names of the martyrs from Soletchnik   439
List of Soletchnik residents who died in Israel   440

  1. The Life of Man Return
  2. The first part of the Talmud, containing traditional oral interpretations of scriptural ordinances (Halakhot), compiled by the rabbis about 200. http://www.yourdictionary.com/mishnayot Return
  3. The Pioneer - association of Jewish youth whose aim was to train its members to settle in Israel Return
  4. Literally: Paths of Pleasantness Return
  5. The initials of Brit Yosef Trumpeldor- The Covenant of Joseph Trumpeldor, the educational youth movement of the Revisionist Zionist Organization Return


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