The Growth and Destruction
of the Community of Uscilug
(Ustilug, Ukraine)

50°52' / 24°09'

Translation of
Kehilat Ustila be-vinyana u-ve-hurbana

Editor: Aryeh Avinadav

Published in Israel 1961




Project Coordinator

Mitch Fahrer


This is a translation of: Kehilat Ustila be-vinyana u-ve-hurbana (The growth and destruction of the community of Uscilug)
Editor: Aryeh Avinadav, Former Residents of Uscilug in Israel, Published: Israel 1961 (H, Y 334 pages)

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

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The region where Ustilug is located has changed hands many times throughout history. Sometimes part of Poland, sometimes Russia, and presently as part of Ukraine, the name of the town has equally changed about as many times.

To help future generations searching for information about their ancestors, we provide the following list of names that has been given to the town of Ustilug. In the Ustilug Yizkor Book translation from Yiddish, the spelling by the original authors has not been modified.

Austile; Austiller; Ostila, Ostilla; Uscilug; Ustile; Ustilug: Ustiluh; Ustyluh

Mitch Fahrer



Translated by Yocheved Klausner

In Memory of Our Town (Foreword) A. A. 5
Generations and Eras
Ustila (Ustlig) Rav Dov Takatch 11
On the banks of rivers Arie Avinadav 16
In the light of memories Eliyahu Schlechter 57
Personalities and activities
Kindness of youth (a bundle of memories) Tzila Fleischer 71
Tora Va'avoda movement in Ustila A. Ben-Dov 78
Hechalutz branch in Ustila Yitzhak Farber 81
Hashomer Hatzair and other youth movements in Ustila Zvi Hadari 85
The Cultural Center in Ustila Sima Rutenberg 90
Figures E. Schlechter 93
In memory of Moshe Shpirer Yakov Biterman 99
Leibale Helfman Yehudit Sapir-Chen 101
Two figures - two destinies A. Ben-Dov 103
Three who dared to protest Moshe Semmel 108
Concealed lights Mina Scheineman 111
Grandfather's home Menashe Secharbrot 113
Institutions and Organizations M. K. A. 115
In Fire and in Blood
On the ruins of our town Yeshayahu Meltzman 125
The tale of two sisters Arie Avinadav 139
Confession (an elegy) A. Achi-Frida 144
The fate of one family Bezalel Halperin 147
The last greetings Yitzhak Farber 149
From the claws of death Esther Goldman 151
Flowers and Tears
Ustila - its rich past Rav Dr. Aharon Wertheim 167
My shtetele Ustila Dr. Aharon Rosmarin 170
Schools and child-education in Ustila Baruch Goldberg 177
The teacher and his circles Yakov Ziffer 180
The phenomenal matmid [dilligent Yeshiva student] Baruch Goldberg 195
Nachman Borlyant Tzila Fleischer 199
An honest, God-fearing man Malka Chametzki 201
Avraham (Avrom'ke) Reis Tzila 203
Like a disappearing dream Eliezer Reis 207
The Ustila youth Chaim Weinshel 210
Links in a chain Bernard Ginsburg 215
The tear that was not shed Bella Terner 230
The ruin of Ustila Nachman Burlyant 239
The massacre in Pitidin (poem) Kehat Kliger 243
A walk Yossl Burlyant 246
Ustila in the old days… (a poem) Tzirl 249
The “revenge” battalion Shmuel Diamant 251
May God Remember 278
A Scroll of Remembrance (Necrology) 280
Fallen for the homeland 308
Yakov Cohen; Yehuda Fleischer; Aharon Blender; Avraham Kornfrecht - may God avenge their blood
Passed Away 313
R'Moshe and Breindl Rosmarin; Feige Eichenboim, Yosef Idelstein; Aharon Dror; Reuven Rutenberg; Yenta Gurewitz; Zahava Idelstein; Rivka Reiter; Ben-Zion Goldhaber; Pinchas Sapir-Chen; Rivka Ingbar; Rivka nee Wasserman; Yossl and Nachman Burlyant - of blessed memory
The Vision of the Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37) 326
The Surviving Remnant 331
List of former Ustila residents in Israel 332
Ninety (90) photographs: landscapes, society, family, people etc.


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