Gorzd book;
A memorial to the Jewish community of Gorzd
(Gargždai, Lithuania)

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Translation of
Sefer Gorzd; ayara be-hayeha u-be-hilyona

Edited by Yitzhak Alperovitz

Published in Tel Aviv, 1980


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This is a translation from: Sefer Gorzd; ayara be-hayeha u-be-hilyona (Gorzd book; a memorial to Jewish community of Gorzd),
ed. Yitzhak Alperovitz, Tel Aviv, the Gorzd Society, 1980 (H, Y, E; 419 pages)

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Table of Contents

Frontispiece Y. Alperovits H 10
From the Organization   H 12
Chapters of the Past
Gordz - from “The Jews of Lithuania”   H 17
Gorzd – A Shtetl in Lithuania Chaim Shoys Y 19
On the History of Jews in Lithuania Dr. Hershl Meyer Y 34
Some Characteristics of Lithuanian Jewry Dr. Hershl Meyer Y 41
Some Memories of our Gordz Home and Town Dr. Hershl Meyer Y 45
My Town Gordz Avraham Orenshteyn H 68
My Shtetl Gordz Avraham Orenshteyn Y 73
A Bit of History Slava Aronovits Y 81
Gordz Yitzkhok Gudman Y 86
Gordz as She Lives in our Memory
Memories of Gordz Yehudis Leshem Y 91
This is how I parted from my home Rivka Naveh (Katz) H 98
The Dream Came True and I Arrived in the Land of Israel Rivka Naveh (Katz) H 100
Father and mother's home that once was Avraham Orenshteyn H 101
Gordz Cultural Institutions Rashel Oysher Y 104
How Can I Forget Yudika Y 115
Jewish Social and Religious Life in Gordz Arye Frak Y 117
Memories of My Town Gordz Ita Arman-Kamil H 128
In Memory of Gordz Sheva bas Meyer Aronovits Y 142
And You Ask Ela Zilberg Y 145
Gordz My Town Khayim Man (Florida) Y 146
I Once Had a Home Orenshteyn Avrohom Y 148
Gordz My Town Haya Geles H 153
I Think of You Yudika Y 157
Memories Moshe Drori-Rupel   159
My Town Gordz Dobke Duks Blank (Canada) Y 165
Dreams in Autumn Yudika Y 168
Memories of My Home Arye Leyb Dikson (Duksas) Y 173
Experiences Rashel Oysher Y 175
On the Threshhold of My House Yudika Y 177
Gordz My Town in Lithuania Ela Zilberg Y 178
Documents Recount   Y 179
Rabbis, Authors and Religious Life
The Gordz Rabbis   Y 191
My Father Rabbi Ya'akov Burshteyn of Blessed Memory Dr. Ben-Tsiyon Inberi-Burshteyn H 192
The Yofe Family Prof. Yosef Gilis H 194
R. Moshe Markovitz, the Shoemaker-Bibliographer Dr. Ben-Tsiyon Inberi-Burshteyn H 198
Khayim Shoys - Scholar and Teacher Avrohom Menes Y 209
The Figure Khayim Shoys Efrayim Oyerbakh Y 214
Father as We Remembered Him Miriam and Amos Shoys Y 222
Shoys Leybe Shoys Dvoyre   233
Yudika the Poetess Shoshana Oysher Y 238
The Synagogue and the Study House Dr. Ben-Tsiyon Inberi-Burshteyn H 240
“A Terrible Happening During the Prayer Service” Abba Zussmanovits H 243
The Study House in the Life of the Community Moshe Katz (Kibbutz Ramat Rahel) H 244
My Shtetele Gordz in Everlasting Memory Yehudis Leshem Y 249
People and Characters
R. Fayvl Melamed Yehudis Leshem   255
Gordz Figures Dr. Hershl Meyer Y 259
Yahmaya Memorial Moshe Katz (Kibbutz Ramat Rahel)   263
Dr. Leyzer Iglshteyn Dr. Ben-Tsiyon Inberi-Burshteyn   269
R. Hirshe Aharon Hertses Dr. Ben-Tsiyon Inberi-Burshteyn   269
R. Aharon Hertz Dr. Ben-Tsiyon Inberi-Burshteyn   271
R. Moshe Korbman Dr. Ben-Tsiyon Inberi-Burshteyn   271
R. Mordechai (Max) Zusman Dr. Ben-Tsiyon Inberi-Burshteyn   273
Itse the Chimney Sweep Rivka Naveh (Katz) Y 274
Hoga-Mira's Itse Rivka Naveh (Katz) Y 275
The Shoys Family Dvoyre Shoys Y 276
In Memory of My Dear Ones Khane Asif-Mendelson / Basya
Y 279
Berl Akerman Aryeh Frok   282
R. Yitzhak Katzin Rut Kark (of the Katzin family)   283
The Zilberg Family Rivka Naveh (Katz) Y 285
R. Yankl Glik Yitzhak Glik Y 286
R. Zusia Zussmanovits Abba Zussmanovits Y 288
Grandmother Tsivya Katzin Shoshana and Dina (from the Maggid Family) H 288
Shmuel Ya'akov and Zise Platus Chasya Shif-Platus H 291
Memorial Tablet Hana Asif-Mendelson / Batya Matalon-Mendelson H 293
Gordz in Rhymes Ben-Tsiyon Gloyn Y 297
Shlomo Milner Aryeh Frok   299
Nachum Manat Ida Kamil   300
Sarah the Baker Yudika Y 302
The Song of the Murdered Jewish People Yitzkhok Katsenelson Y 309
In Memory of My Town Gordz which was Destroyed in the Holocaust Rivka Naveh-Katz H 313
On the Entry of the Nazis into Gordz   H 318
Who Erased My Town from the Map   Y 323
The Destruction of Our Town Gordz Rashel Oysher Y 325
Softly, Softly Lets be Silent Sh. Katsherginsky Y 332
The Bloody Roads Eliyohu Akerman Y 334
Our Town is Burning Mordekhai Gebirtig H 339
Our Town is Burning Mordkhe Gebirtig Y 340
A Letter from Leyb Shoys Yeshayahu Zandberg Y 342
Remember     347
A Memorial to my Town Gordz Yudika Y 348
I Light the Candles for You Yudika Y 349
List of the Residents of Gordz who were killed in the Kovno Ghetto and in Concentration Camps   H 351
The Gordz Jewish Youth who Fought in the Lines of the Lithuanian Division   Y 352
A Great Day for the Survivors of Gordz Rivka Naveh (Katz) H 353
Of the Works of the Emigrants of Gordz in Israel   H 355
A Great Day for the Survivors of Gordz Rivka Naveh (Katz) Y 359
List of Names   Y 413
English Section
Preface Yitzhak Alperowitz E 3
From the Gorzd Townspeople Association Committee of the Gorzd Townspeople in Israel E 5
Some Reminiscences Dr. Hershel Meyer E 9
Lithuanian Jewry and its Extermination Dr. Hershel Meyer E 33
Memories of Gorzd Yehudit Leshem E 41
Dr. George (Hirsh) Oxman Yehudit Leshem E 46
Gorzd Rivka Naveh E 47
Personalities Rivka Naveh E 49
Once I Had a Home… Avraham Arenstein E 54
Gorzd Ruth Kaplan Smith E 57
My Shtetl Gorzd Haim Mann E 62
Shloshim for Max Sussman G.M. Cohen E 64
The Impact of Gorzd Carmela (Furman) Katz E 72
On the Invasion of Gorzd and the Massacre of its Jews   E 75


See also:

“Gorzd” - Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Lithuania
“Gorzd” - Volume I: Lite (Lithuania)
“The Destruction of Gorzd” - Volume I: Lite (Lithuania)
“Gorzd” - Jewish Cities, Towns and Villages in Lithuania until 1918

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