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Monument On The Field Of Ashes At Treblinka

Translations by Judie Goldstein


kry338.jpg - Monument On The Field Of Ashes At Treblinka
A cemetery
Without any bodies
Rocks for grave stones
No bones.


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Perpetuating And Remembering

kry339.jpg - A symbolic grave stone for the Krynki Martyrs
A symbolic grave stone for the Krynki Martyrs,
at a Yizkor [Memorial] gathering of the Krynkers in Israel

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Krynker Yizkor Committee
that is made up of
Krynker Relief Committee And Krynker Youth Circle


Dear Fellow Krynkers:
We call you to honor the memory of our Krynker Martyrs at the 12th Yahrzeit that is upcoming
Sunday, the 14th November, 2 o'clock P.M.

At Adelphi Hall, 74 5th Avenue, between 13th and 14th Street, New York, Room 10B.

At this year's Yizkor gathering we have a very distinguished Krynker guest, Bendet Nisht (now he calls himself Baruch Niv).

Bendet Nisht came from Israel in order to be at our yearly Yizkor gathering.

Bendet Nisht, besides working for world Jewry became well known by serving the Israeli government as Israeli Consul to Poland and Romania.

As Consul in Poland he had the possibility of going to our shtetl Krynik three times. Bendet Nisht will be at the Yizkor gathering to tell us what he saw and heard in Krynik. He will also bring personal greetings from all the Krynkers in Israel, to the relatives and acquaintances.

kry340.jpg - Bendet Nisht
Bendet Nisht
(Baruch Niv)

At the Yizkor gathering people will speak about the plantation project our memorial in Israel.

This year large Yizkor gatherings have also been organized in Chicago and Los Angeles and Bendet Nisht will also make appearances there.

We urge you to come to the gathering and to honor our Krynker martyrs in a worthy manner.

Be on time! You will be able to see the “movies” from previous years' Yizkor gatherings and from Tursky's banquet. The “movies” of this year's gathering will be shown next year.

Krinker Yizkor Committee, Krynker Relief Committee, Krynker Youth Circle

Krinker Memorial Fund
c/o Nota Koslowksy
41 Union Square, New York 3, N.Y.
Tel. AL5-5787

Lois Shein (Leibke Noske's)
Nota Koslowsky
Itche Novi

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Krynker Yizkor Committee presenting a check to build
A Children's house in Kibbutz Rosh Hanikra, Israel

kry341a.jpg - Yiskor-committee
From right, sitting: Yekutiel Tursky, Lois Shein, Baruch Niv, Israel Stolarsky, Irving Novik, Yitzhak Farber
Standing: Eli Levin, Aba Blok, Florence Friedman, Zaydl Kaplan, Mayer Bloch, Ester Schneiderman, Jankel Kirschner


kry341b.jpg - The Chairwoman of the Union of Krynker Landslayt in Los Angeles, Sophie Berger
The Chairwoman of the Union of Krynker Landslayt in Los Angeles, Sophie Berger, presents a check to the representatives of the “Histadrut Campaign” in America

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Krynker landslayt from America, Argentina, Israel, etc. planting the “Krynker small forest” at the “Martyrs' Forest”


This Is How We Began

Trees - Candles for the departed
In memory of our martyrs

The shocking Second World War came to an end. Individual Krynker survivors arrived in Israel and brought news of our hometown – terrible. Everyone was murdered, exterminated by the Nazi animals and their helpers among the Polish population. We were shaken even though we already knew about the situation of our brothers and sisters.

The Jewish settlement in Israel decided to propose a forest of six million trees in memory of our devoured brothers in Europe. We, Krynkers in Israel, as well as throughout the world, planted in Yaar HaKdoshim [Martyrs' Forest] up to two thousand trees in the “Krynker small forest” in memory and in the names of our annihilated townspeople.

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kry343.jpg - Plaque about the building of the children's house
Plaque about the building of the children's house


A Children's House In The Name Of Our Murdered Community

The Krynker Committeee in Israel had the idea to perpetuate the memory of our community with an institutional monument that would carry its name and at the same time serve as a point of renewal and vibrant life.

After much deliberation, we accepted the proposal of the general workers' organization “Histadrut” [The Jewish Agency] in Israel to build a children's house in a newly settled kibbutz, Rosh Hanikrah, located at the Lebanonese border. The kibbutz was being settled by young immigrant survivors, who had just arrived from refugee camps in Europe. There were already a few children there, but without a specially maintained building for them.

With “Histadrut's” help and the Krynker landsmanshaften in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Israel the children's house was built at the kibbutz and it is now full of happiness and high spirits.

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kry344a.jpg - The children's house building
The children's house building


kry344b.jpg - Cornerstone of the children's house in the name of the Krynki martyrs, in Kibbutz Rosh Hanikra
Cornerstone of the children's house in the name
of the Krynki martyrs, in Kibbutz Rosh Hanikra

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kry345a.jpg In the name of Kryinkers, says B. Niv (Nisht)
kry345b.jpg Mordchai Vilensky, Sheyma Kaplan and Baruch Niv, unveiling the plaque
In the name of Kryinkers, says B. Niv (Nisht)
The opening ceremony speaker
Mordchai Vilensky, Sheyma Kaplan
and Baruch Niv, unveiling the plaque


kry345c.jpg Krynker guests with the Kibbutz children
kry345d.jpg With the work associates
Krynker guests with the Kibbutz children
With the work associates

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Our Written Grave Stone

To perpetuate the memory of our annihilated Jewish community we planted trees in the name of those murdered on “Yaar HaKdoshim” [Martyrs' Mount] and built the children's house in Kibbutz Rosh Hanikra. However we still were not satisfied.

We took on a third task to erect for our Jewish hometown a written memorial that would be sent to every Krynker family and individual Jews wherever they were in the world, to their homes. That is the Yizkor Book that you see before your eyes.

Below is an extract from the “brochure” which was published about three years ago as an indication of the content for the projected “Pinkus Krynki”.


kry346.gif - Table of Contents
Table of Contents of “Pinkus Krynki”

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A Memorial Book about the Destruction of Krynik

Krynik in Khurbn” (Holocaust in Krynik)

A memorial book, by Abraham Soifer a Krynker survivor, was published in 1948 by the Krynker Relief Union of Uruguay and Argentina.

The book, 269 pages, printed in Montevideo is illustrated and contains a map of Krynik on which the ghetto limits are drawn.

The author dedicates the opening chapter to “young memories of a dear time in the past,” describing life in the shtetl until the outbreak of the Second World War. Then he goes on to events in Krynki from the beginning of the war and describes life in the shtetl under the Red Army until the sudden attack by the Germans in June 1941. Then Soifer describes his flight from home to the East, his joining a Russian partisan group and his perilous return during his mission to Krynki.

Here he first describes what he found, saw and lived through in the ghetto and the destruction of the community. Soifer further describes his survival with the remnant in the work camp where the Nazis, after forcing out the Jews from Krynik, “employed” slaves to do the work of Hitler's war machine. These were a couple of hundred Jewish tradesmen and from there they were taken on their last journey to Auschwitz.

In the rest of the book A. Soifer tells what happened and the suffering he saw and endured in the “king of demons” destruction in the extermination camps and what he and other Krynkers experienced. They all displayed valor and were heroic and generously helped to fight these evil men and even took part in the plan to blow up the crematoria.

We have taken excerpts from “Krynik in Khurbn” and put them in our Yizkor Book.

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kry348a.jpg  Memorial plaque in the 'Holocaust Chamber' at 'Har Zion', Jerusalem
kry348b.jpg no title
Memorial plaque in the “Holocaust Chamber”
at “Har Zion”, Jerusalem

Memorial Service
For the Krynker Martyrs

kry348c.jpg  Memorial service at the memorial monument. At the cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina
kry348d.jpg Memorial service in Tel-Aviv
Memorial service at the memorial monument.
At the cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Memorial service in Tel-Aviv

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kry349a.jpg  Chairmanship of the Memorial service, Montevideo, Uruguay

Chairmanship of the Memorial service
Montevideo, Uruguay


kry349b.jpg  Memorial service in Montevideo
Memorial service in Montevideo


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