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[Page 7, Volume 2]


by Editorial board

Translated by David Avraba

In the memorial (yizkur–Lbukh) book: arnow– The Life and Destruction of a Jewish Town that was published in 1954, the life of the Jews of Tarnow of the past was broadly drawn (described). Not everything that was in Jewish Tarnow found its expression in this memorial book. In particular the chapters on the destruction of our past community are few, in which are recorded the travails and the terrible tortures that the Jews of Tarnow suffered in the ghetto and the death camps.

This lack we decided to fill by bringing further testimonies of Jews of our town who were miraculously saved from the Nazi hell and by information and facts relating to the life, the travails and the joys of the Tarnow's Jewish community.

Besides this, we thought it necessary to use materials that were left over from earlier (before) and this we have brought afresh, thereby giving the possibility to describe more clearly the nature of Tarnow Jewry of the past.

We have also taken account of the fact that our holy martyrs were not brought to Jewish burial and they do not have matzeivot [gravestones], for in mass graves and gas chambers their dear souls departed aloft and it is this that was one of the significant factors that brought us to the decision to prepare this second volume of the memorial book Tarnow, and thereby to provide the few remnants of Tarnow Jewry left alive the opportunity to memorialise in a second Memorial volume their relatives, who perished in the holocaust. And finally we also set out– according to our possibilities and limited knowledge– a partial list of Tarnow Jews who perished (al Kiddush haShem) a martyr's death in the terrible holocaust, at the hands of the Nazi murderers.

There is no doubt that this list is not a full one– it contains only a small portion of the Jewish community of Tarnow that numbered before the destruction, twenty five thousand souls.

We have taken upon ourselves a heavy burden and a great responsibility and if we have been able to carry out this work successfully, this goal was achieved due to the great assistance received from the Tarnow associations in Montreal, Toronto and New York, and in particular due to the efforts and help of those public figures, our townsmen, in those places: Aaron Shporn, Abraham, Singer, Abraham Wenger and Leon Gottleib.

We see as a duty also to mention here our young townsman Jerzy Bergman, who lives till today in Tarnow.. He helped us in obtaining documents and pictures of the past Jewish community of Tarnow.

To all– many thanks and 'sh'koiach [Heb–Yid: yishar koach– congratulations]


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