Translated by Jerrold Landau
We first find Jews in Danilif in 1768. In the census of Jews of that year, a Jew named Moshe is mentioned, whose family consisted of seven individuals. He was required to pay 15 florin annually in lease fees to the master of the village. Of course, he came from Galicia and worked in liquor distilling and peddling. From that time and onward, we have no information of the Jews of that village.
The Census of 1830 (with number of individuals in parentheses):
Fakush Wolvovitch (6), Izik Hoffman (3), Chaim Wad (5), Moshko Zelia (8), Kopel Zelia (9), Sobo Shmilovitch (3), Yosef Abrahamovitch (3), Nathan Hoffman (6), Kopel Unger (5), Moshlik Friedman (2), Kopel Unger (3), Moshko Shmilovitch (2).
Reb Shimon Koplovitch, a native of Danilif, served for many years as the president of the Federation of Maramures Jews in the United States. He was a diligent and dedicated activist, who invested a great deal of effort in establishing Beit Maramures. In the book Mishnat Beit Abba published by Rabbi Yehuda Yoel Deutsch in the United States, Reb Shimon Koplovitch relates the following:
I left my native village of Danilif at the age of 17, and arrived in America in the year 5681 (1921). The people of the village of Danilif worked in business, and earned their livelihoods from the toil of their hands, agricultural work, and trades for the most part. There was a synagogue and mikva in the settlement. The shochet Reb Yisrael Yaakov was a great scholar, who had ten children. There were salt water wells in the village, which served as a source of livelihood for many residents. Reb Shimon Koplovitch's father and many of his family members perished in Auschwitz.
The Jews of Danilif were transported to the ghetto in nearby Sokyrnytsya, seven kilometers away, from where they were deported to Auschwitz.
Today, there are apparently no Jews in Danilif.
Testimony from Yad Vashem: 015/771, 015/1851.
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