The book of Druya and the communities
of Miory, Druysk and Leonpol

Druya, Belarus Miyory, Belarus Druysk, Belarus Leonpol, Belarus
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Translation of
Sefer Druja ve-kehilot Miory, Drujsk, ve Leonpol

Edited by: Mordekhai Neishtat, Druja and Surrounding Region Society

Published in Tel-Aviv, 1973


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Eilat Gordin Levitan


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This is a translation from: Sefer Druja ve-kehilot Miory, Drujsk, ve Leonpol
The book of Druya and the communities of Miory, Druysk and Leonpol
Edited by: Mordekhai Neishtat, Tel Aviv, Druja and Surrounding Region Society, 1973 (H, Y, 255 pages)

Note: The original book can be seen online at the NY Public Library site: Druja (1973). Researchers might also be interested in the documentary film "A Man From Druya" which can be accessed by clicking here.

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Introduction 7
The Community of Druja Before the War:
From the Chronology of the Druya Community - M. Neishtat 11
My Teachers and the Heders (one room schools) - Ester Lubowicz 17
On top of the roof of the great synagogue- Alter Druyanow 25
Druja ( Yiddish) - Tila Druyanow 35
At home and in foreign lands - Chana Bejlin Suchozevsky 40
My Shtetl - Yerachmiel Romik 42
Memories of Childhood and Teenage Days - Batya Eidelman Cohen 45
The Shtetl and its Jews - Bracha Vitman 50
Chalutzim (Zionist pioneers) from Druja - Chaim Deutch 55
The School and Library - Chaia and Leib Liphsitz 57
Substance and Soul in the Jewish Stetl - Shalom Kopetsh 59
The Notebook “ - Drujer Falksshul” 66
A Man of Druja - Safra and Saifa 70
The Community of Miory Before the War:
From The Essence of the Shtetl - Eliyahu Nachmani 74
My fathers' home in Miory - Lyuba Yudin 76
The Unison of the Community of Miory - Yocheved Nazchan Svirsky 79
My Shtetl During Those Days - Yizhak Aron 82
The Community of Druyesk Before the War:
Chapters of Druysk - Yosef Sosnovik 85
Our school “Chorev” - Tuvia Berkman 88
Days of Tranquility Before the Siege - Reuven Budownicz 89
Chapters from the Shoah: Survivors (and one who did not) share their stories
The Last Will and Testament of Fania Barbakow (1923- 1942) 95
A Diary of the Slaughter - Yizhak Aron 101
In the Ghetto - Fruma Einhorn 117
The Annihilation of Leonpol - Ida Felskin Sher 125
A survivor from the pit - Menachem Sheyner 127
The Excruciating Tortures of a Mother Who Lost Her Child - Fania Melishkevitz 129
In the Ghetto and In the Forest - Ychezkel Berkman 134
A Jewish Child Fighting for Survival - Zusman Berkman 138
How I Survived - Baruch Bornstein 146
A Story of a Teenage Partisan - Arie Waif 149
Personal Chapters from the Book of the Shoah - Lyuba Yudin 180
Trials and Tribulations... - Liba Levitanos-Zaidlin (nee Papkin) 201
I Was a Mother of Six Children in 1942...- Shoshana Milevski 213
The Horrors and the Eradication of the Jews of Druysk - Reuven Budownicz 215
Jewish Partisans in the Area of Miori - Gita Aron Simkin 217
Stories from the Shoah - Ytzhak Aron 224
The Power of Kol Nidray - Y. Ben Moshe 232
Memorial For the Perished Martyrs - Bracha Vitman 234
List of the Martyrs
      Druya Martyrs
      Miyory Martyrs
      Druysk Martyrs
      Leonpol Martyrs


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