Memorial book of Kolomey
and its surroundings

(Kolomyya, Ukraine)

48°32' / 25°02'

Translation of
Sefer zikaron le-kehilat Kolomey ve ha-sevivah

Edited by: D. Noy, M. Schutzman, former residents of Kolomey and surroundings in Israel

Published in Tel Aviv, 1972


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Claire Hisler Shefftz z”l


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This is a translation from: Sefer zikaron le-kehilat Kolomey ve ha-sevivah,
Memorial book of Kolomey and its surroundings. Eds, D. Noy, M. Schutzman
Tel Aviv, former residents of Kolomey and surroundings in Israel, 1972 (H)

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Translated by Tova Gita Rosenheck Kraus

To Be Remembered for Eternity / The Book Committee  7
Kolomea the Capital of Pokucie /  Dr. A. Y. Braver 11
History of the Jews of Kolomea / Dr. N. M. Gelber  22
Kolomea a Mother Town for Chasidim / Mordechai Schutzman 49
Chapter: At the Turn of the 20th Century

The Elections for the Austrian Parliament / Dr. A.Y. Braver  59
The First Strike at the Talesim Factory / D. Y. Zilberbush 63
Kolomea- A Zionist Center in Galicia 
The Beginning of the Zionist Movemment / A. Scheuerman 70
The Momentum of Zionist Action / Michal Hazelkorn 73
The First Zionists in Kolomea / Menachem Meiran-Lazar 76
The First Zionist Materialization / Yehuda Khorin 78
The Zionist Camp Had a Majority / Dr. Marc Schwaber 82
The Orthodox Jews
Orthodox Jews in Kolomea / Moshe Rath  84
The Great Synagogue / Meir Feder  91
Very Old Synagogues / D. Davidowitz 94
The Rabbis of the Community / Moshe Rath  98
Schools ("Cheders") and Teachers / Y. A. Zeidman 103
My Schools ("Cheders") / Dr. A. Y. Braver 105
Hirsch Rath / Shlomo Bickel  106
Wowik Rosenkrantz the Teacher (Kugel) / S. Bickel   (S. Meltzer)  108
Yekheskel Melamed / L.G. 109
Popular Vote On a Railroad Extension / L.G.  110
Population Census in 1910 / A. Scheuerman  111
Help for the Refugees from the Kishinev Pogroms  112
Revenge on Yedlee Ben Shabtai / S. Bickel  112
May 1st Falls on the Sabbath / G. Levi  113
List of Banks Up Until World War One  114
Marshall Pilsudski in Kolomea / G. Levi  115
The Jewish Delegation to Poland's Premier / G. Levi  115
The First Election for the Polish Parliament  116
The Pogrom in Zablotov / M. Heinisch  117
The Martyrs of Slobodka-Leshna  118
The Outbreak of the First World War / Y. Scheuerman 119
The Last Part of the First World War / Y. A. Zeidman  121
Chapter: Economy and Community

Jewish Livelihoods / Dr. A. Y. Braver 125
Doctors and Lawyers in Kolomea  135
The Horowitz Factory / Natan Meisler 136
Parties and Political Movements
Zionist Activity / Dr. Zvi Heller  138
The Jewish Workers Movement / David Landman  143
Zionist Youth Groups / Joseph Stern  146
The Way of Life in the "Zionist Youth" Movement /   Dr. JosephWeiser 150 
"Akiva" Youth Organization / Y. Brickner 152 
Beitar Movement / Y. B. 152 
"Hechalutz" Movement / Itzchak Teitelbaum 155 
"Hashomer Hatsair" in Kolomea / Shmuel Maran (Pomerantz) Meir Amidan (Lederfeind) 160 
"Gordonia" Movement / Moshe Singer 163 
Zionist Workers Left / David Landman 165 
"Hamizrachi" Organization / Hanoch Schechter 169 
Mizrachi Youth / Meir Feder  171 
"Agudath Yisrael" / M. Schein  173 
Communist Jews in Kolomea / Natan Meisler 176 
Organization Members in the Period Between the Two Wars  177 
Chapter: Images, Personalities and Characters

Rabbi Hillel Lichtenstein / Dr. N. Gelber  183 
Rabbi Gedalyahu Schmalkis / Moshe Rath  185 
Rabbi Israel Joseph Lau / Zeev Fisher Shein  187 
Dr. Shlomo Rosenheck / P. K.  190 
Sixtieth Jubilee Party for Dr. Rosenheck / Michal Hazelkorn  191 
The Preacher Rabbi Itzchak Weber / W. H.  193 
Dr. Fishel Rottenshtreich / W. H.  194 
Chaim Ringelblum / P.K.  195 
Laibel Toibsh / Meir Henisch  197 
Yosef Herer / W. H 198. 
Dr. Meir Herm Gelbart / Y.H.  199 
Jacob Bitter / Y. S. 200 
Rabbi Efraim Kellerman / Dr. M. A. Nahir  201 
Moshe Shmuel Grossbach / Jacob Scheuerman  202 
Dr. S. L. Schorr / L. G.  203 
Itzchak Shlomo Shmois / Y. M. Markscheid 204 
Alexander Granach / S. B.  206 
The Bachelor Rabbi / D. S.  207 
Meir Leifer Redlich / S. Munio  209 
Menachem Mendel Grunwerg / L. G. 210 
Meir Zacher / W. H. 211 
Moshe Dalfon / L. G.  212 
Mottel Tropp / Y. Scheuerman  212 
The Blind Chone / M. S. 213 
Shebtil the Drunkard / W. H.  214 
Shmuel Vancia Tutai / L. G.  214 
Chapter: Life and Folklore

Water Carriers and Coachmen / L. G. 219 
Games Jokes Puzzles / A. Y. Braver 220
My Streets / A. S. Yuris  223 
The Man from "Glazier Street" / Dr. Shlomo Bickel  225
Sabbath in the City / Dr. Abraham Klein 227
How the Jewish Holidays Were Celebrated / M. Shein 228
Leisure and Entertainment / M. S.  231
Chapter: Culture and Education

"Halevi" Association / W. H.  239
In Manger's Company / Dr. Abraham Klein  243
At the Railroad Station (poem) / Itzik Manger [in original Yiddish and in Hebrew translation] 244
The Y. L. Peretz Library / Leib Weitz  245
Josef Toftsirer and Itzik Manger / Dr. A. Klein  247
Schpirovka / Donya Zeichner-Krinitz 248
Jews in State High Schools / Dr. Josef Weiser  252
Sports in Kolomea / Joseph Rares  257
Chapter: Destruction and Annihilation

Annihilation of the Jews of Kolomea and Its Surroundings /  Dr. Joseph Karmish  267
Mordechai Shipraver the Daring Hero / Eliyahu Ben Shmuel 319
With Empty Hands Against the Angel of Death /   Blanca Rosenberg 320
The Rabbi Who Uprooted the Gravestones / A. S. Rina 321
The Hospital in the Ghetto / Dr. Max Wollenstein  322
Echoes from the Valley of Death / Tzvi Schnitzer  325
The Labor of His Hands / Yaakov Heger  331
True to Their Faith to Their Last Days / Yehuda Arye Bretfeld 332
A Sole Survivor From the Action / Mendel Schauder 332
The Action Against the Intellectuals / Chana Weinhaber-Hacker  334
On the Threshhold of Death / Anzia Lederfeind  336
Between the Jaws of Destiny / Yeshayahu & Shoshana Feder 337
Children in the Kolomea Ghetto / Miriam P. Karsevski-Kaufman 346
In Memory of Those Who Perished in the Holocaust
List of Martyrs in Alef Bet order  (names listed as written in Yiddish) 349
Kolomeyer Organizations / Yitzchak Teitelbaum  367
Kolomey in the Year 1970 / M. Schutzman  372
In Memory of the Departed (list of those from our city who died after the war; in alef bet order) [376]
Dr. Shlomo Bickel / D. L.  378
Rabbi Michael Braver / A. Y. Ber  379
Milcha Zeidman (Syrkin) / K. Y.  380
"Shchor Sachar" - a Rare Person / Ori Kaysari  381
Itzchak Zacher-Sachar / A. Y. Bror 382
Moshe Rath / Yechezkel Korn  384
Moshe Felsenstein / Y. G. 384
Moshe Konig / Levi Grebler  385
Dr. Itzchak Braver / Y. R. 386
Jacob Mendel Markscheid / Dr. Ephraim Stern  386
Dr. Eliyahu Mroz Rosenbaum 389
Dr. Henrik Kramer / Dr. M Schauber  389
Shalom Lachs / M. L. 390
Dr. Abraham Shmuel Yuris  391
Meir Henisch  392
Levi Grebler (Schmucher) 392
Dr. Moshe Eliyhau Nahir  393
Yitzchak Menachem Bergman / L. B. 393
In Memory of the Fallen
Matityahu Birnbaum  394
Meir Mor  394
Arye Landwehr  395
Moshe Dabster  395
Eitan Meir Braver  395
Sgan Gazit z"l 395
End Notes  396-397
Table of Contents  398-400

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