Memorial Book of the Community
of Radomsk and Vicinity

(Radomsko, Poland)

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Translation of
Sefer Yizkor le-Kehilat Radomsk ve-ha-seviva

Edited by: L. Losh

Published in Tel Aviv, Former residents of Radomsk, 1967



Acknowledgments

Project Coordinator

Gloria Berkenstat Freund

 

Yiddish translations by Gloria Berkenstat Freund
and Hebrew translations by Jerrold Landau

 

Our sincere appreciation to Chana Asch and the Nowo-Radomsker Society in Israel
for their permission to place the contents of the Radomsko Yizkor Book on the JewishGen
web site and to Pessach Fiszman, a master Yiddish teacher, for his guidance with the translations.

Our sincere appreciation to Stefanie Holzman for extracting the pictures from the original book,
enabling their addition to the project.

This is a translation from: Sefer yizkor le-kehilat Radomsk ve-ha-seviva;
(Memorial book of the community of Radomsk and vicinity),
Editors: L. Losh, Tel Aviv, Former residents of Radomsk, 1967 (H,Y, 603 pages).

Note: The original book can be seen online at the NY Public Library site: Radomsko


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Irgun Yotzei Radomsko b'Yisroel
(Organization of Radomskers in Israel)

Tel Aviv, Hulda Street 9

Israel, Tevet 5729– January 1968

Distinguished Landsman and Dear Friends,

We have the honor herewith to deliver to you

 

The Yizkor Book in Memory

of Our Annihilated Radomsk Kehile

 

This book appears after 20 years of effort and difficulties, carried out by a small group of devoted landsleit volunteers in Israel, New York, Los Angeles and Argentina.

With the conclusion of this important work of commemoration, we have lit an eternal light to the memory of our Kehile and our martyrs and will ensure that this flame of light will not be extinguished.

We will cherish this book with honor and awe – read and breathe in its contents and sadness.

 
  With esteem and blessings
The one responsible for the publication
Y. Liberman
Sirkin Street 43, Givataim, Israel




8 Introduction
 
Chapter One – This is the History
 
43 The History of Radomsk
52 Remembrances of the Past
59 Personalities and figures
66 The Beginning of the Jewish Workers' Movement
 
Chapter Two – The Mystery of Hasidim
 
110 From the tales of the Hasidim
111 Rabbi Shlomoh'le Radomsker
112 The Radomsker Dynasty
114 Hasidim – “Shtiblekh” – Minyonim (minions)
124 Reb Abraham'l Kalisz (“The Amszinower”)
 
Chapter Three – The Past Days
 
131 An Interview with the Oldest “Landsleit” in America
131 I Bid Farewell to My Hometown
133 Avoiding a Pogrom
134 Sholem Aleichem Visits the City
135 Victims of the First World War
136 Community (Social Life) Activities in 1914/15
137 Jewish Self-Defense (Organization) in 1919
138 A Proclamation from the German Army During the First World War
 
Chapter Four – The Way of Life
 
144 The “Tiferes” Shlomoh off “Kest”
145 Lives and Images
151 Encounters with Noworadomskers
154 A Wedding on the Jewish Cemetery
156 Three Generations of Water Carriers
157 On Our Heimish Stage
159 The Eternal Light of the Great Synagogue
 
Chapter Five – Economic Life
 
163 Sources of Livelihood and Employment
167 The Activity of the Artisans Federation
168 The Association of the Retailers
169 The Professional Worker's Union
 
Chapter Six – The Political-Social Life
 
200 Zionism and Socialism in 1906
200 “Tzeire Zion” in 1917-1920
201 The Workers Party, “Fareinikte”
202 The “Paole Zion” in 1916-1922
207 The Leftist Party “Poale Zion”
209 The Radomsker Bund
210 The Zionist Worker's Party – “Histadrut”
211 The Activities of “Keren Kayemet Le Yisroel”
214 The “Agudas Israel”
217 The General Zionists of “Hashomer Hatzair”
218 The Division of “Hashomer Hatzair”
219 The Youth Organization – “Freiheit”
222 “Halutzim” Make “Aliyah” to “Eretz Yizroel”
222 The Noworadomsker “Patronet” in New York
224 Arlozorov Work Committee in Radomsk
 
The material in the above chapter was arranged in the following order: movements and political parties; associations and organizations of the young; general descriptions.
 
Chapter Seven – The Social Institutions
 
229 The Jewish “Kehile”
232 In the General City Managing Committee
235 The Khevra Kadisha and Its Workers
237 Institutions for Social Assistance
240 “Beis-Lekhem” – Bread for the Needy
240 Philanthropic-Construction Aid Activities
 
Chapter Eight – Culture and Education
 
251 Educational and Cultural Institutions
257 The Song of “Hazamir”
259 “Kultura” – Its Goals and Active Workers
263 “Malemedim” – Teachers – Educators
265 “Beis Yakov” School
266 The Sholom-Aleichem Library
268 The Jewish Sports Clubs
270 The Children's Home Named After Dr. Mitelman
 
Writers and Artists
 
274 H. D. Numberg – The Child Prodigy of Radomsk
275 Two Songs
283 The Cantata of Y. Zaks to the Poem, “Mul Hayeshimoon” of A. Szlonski
284 The Art Circle of Prof. Yitzhak Zaks
285 The Painter Natan Szpigel
286 Yakov Cytronowicz
286 A. B. Cerata – Intimate Portrait
288 Old-fashioned Singing
 
Chapter Nine – Holocaust and Revenge
 
346 The “Megillah” of Suffering
363 The Last Jews in Radomsk
372 In the Ghetto and in “HASAG”
376 The “Aryan”
379 Herszl Grynszpan
380 Monjek Rayngewirc
381 Mendl Fiszelewicz
 
Chapter Ten -- Salvaged Tales
 
395 During the Opening of the Treblinka Mausoleum
395 Scattered and Spread Across the Whole of Europe
398 The First Month of Nazi Rule
400 In the Nightmare of the Bunkers
401 Radomsker Jews in Skarzysker 'Hasag'
405 On the Burning Ruin
406 A Letter to a Friend in “Eretz-Yisroel”
407 The Escape to Russia
407 The Roads and Detours to a New Life
409 How I Survived
410 From Cold Siberia to the Sunny Homeland
413 In the City of our Tragedy
415 A Visit to Radomsk in 1960
 
Chapter Eleven – Images and Portraits
 
420 Radomsker “Landsleit” in Israel and in the Diaspora Memorialize the Memory of Our Victims
430 Family Photographs and Appreciations
455 Community Personalities and Concerns
467 Religious Figures and Clergy
472 Party Workers
 
The above chapter was assembled from material that was received from “landsleit” in Israel and the Diaspora, in response to a general solicitation by the Book Committee to immortalize the memory of family members, relatives, friends and acquaintances in this special chapter. All appreciations and notes were placed here in alphabetical order according to family names, using the language of the source and without changes in the submitted material.
 
Chapter Twelve – Radomsk Region
 
485 Brzeźnica (Hebrew)
486 Włoszczowa (Hebrew)
486 Sulmierzyce (Hebrew)
486 Pławno-Gidle (Gidzel) (Hebrew)
488 Przedbórz (Hebrew)
490 The Przedbórzer Dynasty
492 Kleszczów (Hebrew)
492 Kaminsk (Hebrew)
494 Rozprza (Hebrew)
495 Szczulkow-Podszwierk (Hebrew)
495 Rabbi Dovidl Lelewer
496 Gidzel (Gidle)
 
Chapter Thirteen – Radomsk in the World
 
499 The Nowo-Radomsker Society in the United States of America
517 The Aid Organization in Los Angeles
519 Radomskers in Argentina
521 The United “Landsmanschaft” in France
524 Nowo-Radomsker Center in Melbourne
 
The English segments in the first essays [in the above chapter] were assembled by Harry Rudnitsky in New York during his visit to Israel in the month of May 1967.
 
Chapter Fourteen – Radomsk in Israel
 
538 The History of Radomsker Immigration to Palestine and Landsmanschaft Activities in Israel
550 Radomskers Who Passed Away in Israel
551 In Memory of the Dead in Israel (Hebrew)
 
Chapter Fifteen – Supplemental Material
 
578 Mr. Yitzhak-Szmul Rozenblat, of Blessed Memory (Hebrew)
580 Dovid Kunitspuler, of Blessed Memory (Hebrew)
581 Index of the Photographs
585 Index of Names
601 Contents
604 The Last Photograph of May 1967
 
In each chapter the material first appears in Hebrew and then in Yiddish. The table of contents of each chapter [appears on] its title page (from the second chapter). [The contents] of all its chapters also appear at the end of the book.



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