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Translated by Yocheved Klausner

Khishe Cohen

First vice–president of the Lenin Women's Association


I had the good luck to meet our Khishe Cohen, Welvel Latocha's daughter from our shtetele, when she visited us during the summer.

When I saw her the first time, I thought that she was another tourist from our shtetl, like all those who have visited us. But soon I realized that Khishe Cohen was a hard–working public activist, a daughter of the Jewish people who sacrifices her strength and life in order to help build our State. I listened with joy to every word, which was full with taste and reason. My respect for her increased, when I heard that she has raised a daughter, who also took part in the effort to build our State, following in the steps of her mother. I remember the evening when we all, the Lenin family, sat together: her face shone with joy, and we all were happy with her visit.

We wish her many long years with her family, may she be active for the building of our country.

Menashe Yudelewitz

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Nathan and Masha Rubnitz

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R'Yehuda Shullman z”l

He was devoted wholeheartedly to all Landsleit and relatives; always ready to help the needy. His children are behaving the same way.
He is remembered with respect by all his friends and acquaintances, to this day.


Avraham Smit z”l

R'Akiva Neiman's son-in-law. An important active member of the Lenin Landsmashaft.


David ben-Yehuda Shulman

One of the first 12 founders of the Lenin Aid-Association

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Yehoshua and Hishe Paley

Good people, all heart. Great charity givers. They help the poor and needy with a full hand and also by matan baseter [charity in secret]. They raise their children in the same spirit.

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20th anniversary of the Lenin Landsmanshaft

Sitting from right: Yakov-Zalman Shklyar, Zev Goldberg, Avraham-Yitzhak Slutzki (president), Avraham-Yitzhak Kravetz z”l, Shlomo Chaim HaCohen
Standing from right: Menachem-Mendel Zeitchik, Shmuel Korn, Arie-Leib Cheifetz z”l, Hillel Weiner z”l, Akiva Neiman z”l, Monye Lehrman

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Lenin Landsleit in America

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Yakov (Jacob) Yulewitch

Jacob Yulewitch, the immigrant from a small Belarus Shtetl, Lenin, is one of our great and wonderful heroes on the home-front. A former carpenter, who came to America as a young man of 21 years, he has done for America much more than many locally born important and esteemed people, rich men, who made here their wealth.

Jacob Yulewitch attained, on his own, 12 million dollar worth war-bonds, which – at first himself and later with the help of his family – he collected by going from house to house, waking and encouraging the American population to fulfil their duty to their homeland, to the world, to humanity, which we must free from under the claws of the destroyer Hitler and the imperialistic desires of the Japanese war-mongers.

Soon, the name of the interesting Bonds seller reached Washington, and he was named a “One dollar-a-year man,” that is, he received a salary of one dollar a year, and this meant that he became part of the American administration-machine. His name became very popular, and the way that he succeeded in selling war-bonds for millions of dollars made a great impression in Washington. The Federal Bank issued about him a brochure, “The Story of Jake Yulewitch.” The brochure was distributed in the country in a great number of copies, as an inspiration for others in the area of selling bonds. Later it was reprinted by tens of banks that sold bonds. Several finance newspapers published articles praising the interesting immigrant Jake Yulewitch, the champion seller of war-bonds. Mr. Yulewitch, however, did not rest on his laurel crown. On the eve of Yom Kippur, when all Jews gather in the synagogues and the sentiments are intense – Mr. Yulewitch went from synagogue to synagogue and persuaded the members to fulfil the holy duty of buying bonds; later this custom was adopted by the rabbis and spiritual leaders of the synagogues.

Der Americaner [The American], 11.2. 1944 S. Hirshson

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Fallen in the Defense of the Homeland

Translated by Yocheved Klausner

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Moshe Dolgin


He was born to his parents Mordechai and Fanya Dolgin on 5 Shevat 5690 (1930) and fell by the hands of the Arab Legion on 1 Tevet 5708, as he came to help the people under siege in Ben Shemen. His way shall serve as a model for the youth in our country, for which he fought and sacrificed his young life.

Moshe Dolgin graduated from the elementary school Tel-Nordau. After he graduated “Cum Laude” from the vocational school Max Fein he worked as a locksmith and became independent. He was a member of the Gadna [Youth Unit] and participated in all exercises and training. Since 1946 he participated in guarding and security activities and fulfilled his missions with punctuality and responsibility, until his last day. He was a model soldier, trusting his power. He would calm his mother by the words “Even against a tank I can fight by myself.”

When rushing to the aid of his friends in Ben-Shemen he was killed by the Arab Legion in Bet Naballa. He was buried in the Nahalat Yitzhak cemetery. A page in his memory is found in the book Eikh Naflu Giborim [“How are the Mighty Fallen”].

(From the book “Yizkor” publ. by the Ministry of Defense)

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Avraham Toptchik


Son of Arie and Lea. Was born on 18 Elul 5690 (930) in Poland and made Aliya in 1935. Graduated from the “Takhkemoni” school in Tel Aviv and worked in a weaving factory. He was a devoted member of the “Etzel” Organization in the “underground period” until his parents found out and implored him to leave the Organization. He refused for a long time, but in the end he gave up and joined the “Jewish settlements police force” [Mishteret Hayishuvim Ha'ivrim].

With the outbreak of the War of Independence he participated in the defense of the kibbutz Tirat-Zvi, and in securing the road from Sede-Nachum, as well as in several other battles in the area, managing a machine-gun and encouraging his friends in battle. During the cease-fire he was sent to a course of section-commanders, and as the fights resumed he was sent to the Negev area. When the convoy stopped for a while, he descended from his command car and gathered in his hands a handful of the Negev soil. He took part in the “Assaf” Operation in the Negev, near Kibbutz Nirim. He fell on 7 December 1948 during the enemy counter-attack and was buried on the same day in the Nahalat-Yitzhak cemetery.

(From the book “Yizkor” publ. by the Ministry of Defense)


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