Olkeniki: a Town that Existed
(Valkininkai, Lithuania)

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Translation of
Ayara shehayta Olkanik

Publisher: Hebrew Reali School in Haifa, 1967



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This is a translation from: Ayara shehayta Olkanik
(Olkeniki: a Town that Existed),
Publisher: Hebrew Reali School in Haifa,
with the participation of the Associations of Olkeniki Jews (H 69 pages)

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Translated by Sara Mages


Title page 1
Introduction 2
Lithuanian Jewry 4
The economic situation of the Jews in Eastern Europe 7
Industry, Craft and Clerical Work in Olkeniki 8
Vocational training for the workers 10
Legend and reality in the town of Olkeniki 12
Opening remarks – Students 14
The town of Olkeniki 15
The Jewish community in the Diaspora 17
Mutual aid in the town 19
The educational systems in the Jewish communities 24
“Beit-Yosef” Yeshiva (Novardok/Navahrudak) 32
Interviews with former town residents 33
Pictures from Olkeniki 42
The role of the synagogue in the life of the Jewish community 43
The Great Synagogue in Olkeniki 45
Talmud–Torah societies 47
The “Simchat–Torah” holiday that was interrupted 48
The Zionist Movement 51
The Jewish Youth Movement 57
The Lithuanian Division 59
Partisans 63
A Torah Scroll – A memorial candle 67
We will remember 68
The memorial ceremony – Book of remembrance 69
Cover photo – Baruch Elihai

Was published by the administration of the Hebrew Reali School of Haifa, with the participation of the Association of Olkeniki Jews.


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