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The Community of Lenin; Memorial Book
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Translation of
Kehilat Lenin; Sefer Zikaron

Edited by: M. Tamari

Published in Tel Aviv, 1957



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This is a translation of: Kehilat Lenin; Sefer Zikaron (The Community of Lenin; Memorial Book),
Editors: M. Tamari, Tel Aviv, Former Residents of Lenin in Israel and in the USA, 1957 (H,Y, 407 pages).

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The Story of Lenin
    Mordechai Zaitchik and Yitzkhok Slutzky: The beginning of Lenin 11
    Yehoshua Grinberg: The Estate 15
    Mordechai Zaitchik: Sources of Livelihood and Economic Existence 18
Until World War I
    Mordechai Zaitchik: The Appearance of the Town Until the Year 1910 21
    Mordechai Zaitchik: During the Years of the First World War 22
Between the two World Wars
    Mordechai Zaitchik: The Influence of the Border on Life in the Town 27
    Anonymous: Border Changes at the End of the First World War 27
   Sarah Fogelman (Kolpenitzky): My visit to Lenin in 1936 30
    Mordechai Zaitchik: The External View of the Town Before the Holocaust 33
Immigration to Israel
    Yehoshua Greenberg: My Immigration (Aliyah) to the Land of Israel 37
    Chaim Shalev: Our Immigration (Aliyah) to the Land of Israel 37
The Holocaust
    Mordekhai Zaytshik: The town of Lenin during 1939 – 1941 47
    Mordekhai Zaytshik: Escape from the Forced Labor Camp in Hantsavichy 65
    Mordekhai Zaytshik: Among the Partisans 72
    Mordekhai Zaytshik: Standing at the mass grave 92
    Menashe Ben-Yisrael (Yulevitsh): The lonely mound 93
    Yehuda Tsiklik: The partisans' attack on Lenin 94
    Zvi (Herzl) Zukrovitsh: Wandering 98
    Yitzkhok Reingold: Seventy years of sufferings and hardship 101
   Partisans who survived 104
The Sacred Community (Kehilat HaKodesh)
    Mordekhai Zaytshik: Synagogues 109
    A. Golob, A.I. Slutzky, M. Zaytshik: Cantors and ritual slaughterers 110
    Mordekhai Zaytshik: Cantors, Sextons 111
Daily Life
    Mordekhai Zaytshik: The “office” and the farm 117
    Mordekhai Zaytshik: Characters and customs 117
    Mordekhai Migdalovitsh: The village Jews 118
    Mordekhai Zaytshik: The Sluch River 121
    Yocheved Amit: The Lag Baomer Celebration 122
    Michael Rechavi: A winter eve wedding 125
    Sarah Fogelman (Kolpenitzky): In the Counsel of the Poor People 126
    Eliyahu Shalev: Father Johann Popenko – A righteous Gentile 127
    Avrom -Yitskhak Slutzky: Chaim Grune Yente's 129
    Yitskhok Slutzky: Bere'le the Bookseller 131
Educational and Cultural Institutions
     Avrom -Yitskhok Slutzky: Educational, medical and sanitary conditions in Lenin 135
     Mordechai Zaitchik: Cultural life 137
     Avrom -Yitskhok Slutzky: An unsuccessful Purim party 144
     Zelig Yulevitsh: Educational institutions 147
     Khaim Yonai: The “Heder” of Teacher X 150
     Dov Zaytshik: The Lenin branch of “Tarbut” 151
     Zila Zaretzky: My town Lenin 154
Parties and Youth Organizations
     Avrom -Yitskhok Slutzky: The Beginning of the Zionist Movement in Our Town 159
     Herzl Zukrovitsh: The “Hekhalutz” Movement 161
     Ben Shamai: Betar 164
People and Personalities
     Mordechai Zaitchik: HaRav R' Yehudah Turetski Zts”L 167
     Yitzchak Slutsky: HaRav R' Yehudah Turetzki Zts”L 169
     Khaim Shalev: Rabbi Moshe Tomashov 170
     Mordechai Zaitchik: Rabbis R' Nachman Wasserman and R' Moshe Milstein 173
     Avrom –Yitskhok Slutzky : R' Avrom –Yitskhok Chinitz 174
     Eliyahu Shalev: Loyal friends 175
     Chaim Shalev: R' Yisrael Isar HaLevi Nekrycz 177
     Yitskhok Slutsky: Reb Zalman Shmelkin 179
     Tzila Zaritzki: R'Dov-Ber Baruchin 183
     Chaim Shalev: In Memory of our Dear Grandfather and Grandmother 185
     Shlomo Glenson: R'Israel Glenson 187
     Khaim Shalev: Reb Aryeh Greiv 188
     Mordkhai Rubenstein (Migdalovitsh): Reb Yitskhok Dannenberg 189
     Mordkhai Rubenstein (Migdalovitsh): Reb Aron-Leib Zaytshik 191
     Y. Klinov: Dr. Aron Singalowski 192
     Mordechai Zaitchik: Moshe Ben Aron-Leib Zaytshik 195
     Moshe Migdalovitsh: Reb Aron Migdalovitsh 196
     Mordkhai Rubenstein (Migdalovitsh): Reb Elyakim Migdalovitsh 198
     Mordkhai Rubenstein (Migdalovitsh): Aron Milner 198
     Leah and Sarah Kolpenitzky: Eliezer Kolpenitzky 200
     Mordkhai Rubenstein (Migdalovitsh): Yitskhok Kolpenitzky 202
     Meir Booktsin: R' Yosef–Noah Rabinowitz 203
     Mordkhai Rubenstein (Migdalovitsh): Yehudah son of R' Shlomo Rubenstein 206
     Yakov Berger : Moshe Shmelkin 207
     Menashe Ben–Yisroel, Mordkhai Rubenstein (Migdalovitsh): R' Yisroel son of R' Menashe Latukha 209
     Meir Booktsin: The humble of the earth 211
Lenin Countrymen Worldwide
    Mordkhai Rubenstein (Migdalovitsh):     Reb Avrom-Yitskhok Slutzky 217
The Community Register (Lists of victims of the Holocaust and their relatives) 223
The Rise of the Shtetl Lenin
    Eng. Mordechai Zeitchik: Our Shtetl (Village) Lenin: A Yizkor (Memorial) Book 237
    Engineer Mordechai Zaitchik: The Founding of Lenin 243
    Yehoshua Grinberg: The Estate and the “Office Quarter” 247
Culture and Education
    Avraham Yitzhak Slutzki: The Cultural Situation in our Shtetl 253
    Mordechai Zeitchik: The Cultural Life 255
Living Conditions
    Avraham-Yitzhak Slutzki: Education and Sanitary-Medical Situation in Lenin 265
Destruction and Revenge
    Mordechai Zeitchik: The Years 1939 – 1941 271
    Yehuda Tziklik Partisans 272
    I. Biegelman: The Partisans' Operation in Sinkewitz 275
    Masha Slutzki: Bad News 276
Parties and Institutions
    Avraham Yitzhak Slutzki: The Zionist Movement 281
    Henia Schusterman: The “General-Zionist” Hechalutz in Lenin 282
    Mordechai Zaitchik: Once there was a shtetl 287
    Mordechai Zaitchik: Types and customs 291
    Sarah Fogelman (Kulpanitske): My Mother 294
    Yitzhak Slutzki: Berele the Bookseller [Mokher Sefarim] 295
    Avraham Yitzhak Slutzki: Chaim Grone–Yentes 296
    Henia Schusterman: My Parents 299
    Menashe Yulewitz (Latocha): The Lenin Hard Workers 299
    M. Jaffe: A Guest in our Town 301
Synagogues and Religious Personnel
    Mordechai Zeitchik: Synagogues and Religious Personnel 307
   Mordechai Zeitchik: The Rabbi R'Yehuda Turetzki z”l 309
    Avrom-Yitskhok Slutski: HaRov Reb. Yehuda Turetski, z”l 312
    Mordechai Zeitchik: Cantors 313
    Avraham Yitzhak Slutzki: R'Avraham-Yitzhak Chinitz 319
    Aharon (Arke) Chinitz: Uncle R'Moshe 320
    Mordkhai Zaytshik: Autobiography of Avrohom-Yitskhok Slutsky 323
Landslayt (countrymen) in America
    The Activity and Aid of the American Landsmanshaft 329
    Mordechai Rubinstein (Migdalowitz): Itke Khinitch – “the Mother of Lenin” 335
   Mordechai Rubinstein (Migdalowitz): Kalman Temkin 336
    Menashe Yulevitsh: Khishe Cohen 338
    S. Hirszohn: Yakov (Jacob) Yulewitch 344
    Fallen in defense of the Fatherland 345
    Memorial Candles 350
[Note: These last two titles are in Hebrew, so the sections may also be in Hebrew, though they are listed in the Yiddish section.]

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