Now, after the Satanic Hitler massacres of Jews in Eastern Europe, in which the local populations participated, it is worth looking at the Jewish-Christian relationship in Suwalk, 80 or 90 years ago as reflected in the correspondence in the Hebrew press of that time. It is especially appropriate to do so in a book which is a memorial for the unknown graves of our holy and pure martyrs in a part of that Hitler hell.
It should be understood that such correspondence reflects the very good deeds of the Christian neighbours their very bad actions - - and omits the daily activities. Nevertheless, it does shed some light on Jewish- Christian relationships in countries which, years later, became the graveyards of millions of Jews. It is less correspondence about Christian wickedness in the Suwalk area than correspondence about peaceful and often friendly relationships between Jewish and Christian Neighbours. us cite here three instances of the former from a survey of fifty years of Hebrew press. In 1895 a Christian killed a Jew
in Saini in the middle of a market day. In 1899, a Jewish baker and his wife murdered in the middle of the night. In 1881, Lithuanian army recruits attacked and robbed Jewish shops in Suwalk. The correspondence of the second kind is, as we have said, much greater quantity. Polish Count Moyshinski, from the village of Motel, donated 3,000 rubbles for the Jewish and non- Jewish families affected by the fire in Lazdey in 1879. Polish Count B. Narbut left money for the Jewish poor in his will in 1865: for the poor Jews of Suwalk 150 rubbles; for the poor Jews in Psherosle 60 rubbles; in Filipwe 60 rubbles and also a certain Amount for the poor Jews in Ratzk.
General Ganetski, Commander of the Vilna District, gave 110 rubbles in 1892 for Jewish and non-Jewish poor in Suwalk.
At the time of the appeal for funds in Baklerowa in 1872 for the suffering Jews of Persia, Captain Nadziratl Tshermishov gave a fine donation.
In 1864, when it was necessary to expand the Jewish cemetery in Suwalk,
Major Lubrov donated a piece of his land which bordered the cemetery.
In the town of Shtabin near Suwalk, the Polish Count Bzshastavski left all of his property to the local Jews and non-Jews after his death in 1881.
The Pole, Zigmunt Gut (252) got along so well with Jews that after he died in 1881 at his estate Zigmuntova, Jews came from Kalverie to eulogize him.
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