The Destruction of Czenstokov
(Częstochowa, Poland)

5048' / 1907'

Translation of
Hurbn Tshenstokhov

Edited by: S. Waga

Published: Buenos Aires 1949



Project Coordinator and Translator

Gloria Berkenstat Freund


Thank you to my cousin, David Berkenstat, of Haifa
for making this book available for translation.


This is a translation from: Hurbn Tshenstokhov, The Destruction of Czenstokov, Editor: S. Waga,
Publisher: Tsentral-farband fun Poylishe Yidn in Argentine, 1949 (Y)

Note: The original book can be seen online at the NY Public Library site: Czestochowa (1949)

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[Unnumbered Title page]

Shlomo Waga



Published by
Central Union of Polish Jews in Argentina
Together with
Czenstochower Landsleit Union in Argentina
Buenos Aires 1949

[Unnumbered page]


S. Waga

(Destrucción de Chenstojowa)

Buenos Aires 1949

Hecho el despósito que march la Ley 11.732
Industria Argentina

[Unnumbered dedication page]

This book about the destruction of our birthplace
Czenstochow is dedicated to the sacred memory of:

My father Yakov Zwi Waga
My mother Bajla Gitl Waga
My brother Moshe and his wife Chana Waga
As well as their children Surale and Chawale Waga

Who were annihilated by the Germans.

The Author

Title Page
I The Germans in Czenstochow 9
II Bloody Monday 11
III Under the Nazi Yoke 16
IV Again Fear of Death 26
V Looting and Sadism 30
VI “Aryan” 33
VII The First Edicts 36
VIII Vandalism by the “Folks-Deutschen 39
IX Taxes and Evictions 41
X In the Clutches of the Gestapo 47
XI Persecutions and Robberies 56
XII A Message From Lodz 59
XIII Slavery 63
XIV “Czeczanow” Labor Camp 69
XV The Activity of the Judenrat 75
XVI The “Aryanization” of Jewish Businesses 86
XVII Liquidation of the Jewish Factories 89
XVIII “Care for Culture” 95
XIX Extermination 97
XX Ghetto 101
XXI Lost Souls 109
XXII Jewish Police 116
XXIII Life Goes On 121
XXIV The New War 123
XXV Mass Hunger 125
XXVI Traitors 130
XXVII Harsher Terror 140
XXVIII The Aktsia of the 22nd of September 1942 146
XXIX The Second Aktsia 154
XXX Hunger in the Ghetto 155
XXXI Bunkers 159
XXXII The Third Aktsia 165
XXXIII The Subsequent Aktsias 168
XXXIV The New Ghetto 179
XXXV From “Ghetto” to “Labor Camp” 181
XXXVI In the “Labor Camp” 183
XXXVII Again an Aktsia 197
XXXVIII “Aryans” and “Muslims” 208
XXXXI Third Ghetto 210
XL The End of the Artisans' House 212
XLI The Visit to Palestine 219

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