Memorial Book of the Community
of Radomsk and Vicinity

(Radomsko, Poland)

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Translation of Sefer Yizkor le-Kehilat Radomsk ve-ha-seviva

Edited by: L. Losh

Published in Tel Aviv, Former residents of Radomsk, 1967


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Acknowledgments

Project Coordinator and Translator

Gloria Berkenstat Freund

 

Our sincere appreciation to Chana Asch and the Nowo-Radomsker Society in Israel
for their permission to place the contents of the Radomsko Yizkor Book on the JewishGen
web site and to Pessach Fiszman, a master Yiddish teacher, for his guidance with the translations.

This is a translation from: Sefer yizkor le-kehilat Radomsk ve-ha-seviva ;
(Memorial book of the community of Radomsk and vicinity),
Editors: L. Losh, Tel Aviv, Former residents of Radomsk, 1967 (H,Y, 603 pages).


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Irgun Yotzei Radomsko b'Yisroel

(Organization of Radomskers in Israel)

Tel Aviv, Hulda Street 9

Israel, Tevet 5729– January 1968

Distinguished Landsman and Dear Friends,
We have the honor herewith to deliver to you

The Yizkor Book in Memory

of Our Annihilated Radomsk Kehile .

        This book appears after 20 years of effort and difficulties, carried out by a small group of devoted landsleit -volunteers in Israel, New York, Los Angeles and Argentina.

        With the conclusion of this important work of commemoration, we have lit an eternal light to the memory of our Kehile and our martyrs and will ensure that this flame of light will not be extinguished.

        We will cherish this book with honor and awe – read and breathe in its contents and sadness.

With esteem and blessings
The one responsible for the publication
Y. Liberman
Sirkin Street 43, Givataim, Israel


(For your information, the Radomsko Yizkor Book was written in Yiddish, Hebrew and English. The following Table of Contents lists only the Yiddish and English sections, except for several sections in Chapter 12 which were written in Hebrew, as indicated.)

8 Introduction

Chapter One – This is the History

43 The History of Radomsk
52 Memories of the Past
66 The Beginning of the Jewish Workers' Movement

Chapter Two – The Mystery of Hasidim

110 From the tales of the Hasidim
111 Rabbi Solomon Radomsker
112 The Radomsker Dynasty
114 Hasidim – Shtiblech – Minions
124 Rebbe Abraham Kalish ('The Amshinower')

Chapter Three – The Past Days

131 An Interview with the Oldest Landsleit in America
131 I Bid Farewell to My Hometown
133 Avoiding a Pogrom
134 Sholem Aleichem Visits the City
135 Victims of the First World War
136 Community (Social Life) Activities in 1914/15
137 Jewish Self-Defense (Organization) in 1919
138 A Proclamation from the German Army During the First World War

Chapter Four – The Way of Life

144 The Tiferes Solomon - Finished with Kest
145 Lives and Personalities
151 Encounters with Noworadomskers
154 A Wedding on the Jewish Cemetery
156 Three Generations of Water Carriers
157 On Our Heimish Stage
159 The Eternal Light of the Great Synagogue

Chapter Five – Economic Life

163 Sources of Livelihood and Employment
167 The Activity of the Artisans Federation
168 The Association of the Retailers
169 The Professional Worker's Union

Chapter Six – The Political-Social Life

200 Zionism and Socialism in 1906
200 Zeiri Zion in 1917-1920
201 The Workers Party - Fareinikte
202 The Paole Zion in 1916-1922
207 The Leftist Party Paole Zion
209 The Radomsker Bund
210 The Zionist Worker's Party – Histadrut
211 The Activities of Keren Kayemet Le Yisroael
214 Agudas Israel
217 The General Zionists of Hashomer Hatzair
218 The Division of Hashomer Hatzair
219 The Youth Organization - Freiheit
222 Halutzim Make Aliyah to Eretz Yizroel
222 The Noworadomsker Patronet in New York
224 Arlozorov Work Committee in Radomsk
 
The material in the above chapter was arranged in the following order: movements and political parties; associations and organizations of the young; general descriptions.

Chapter Seven – The Social Institutions

229 The Jewish Kehile
232 In the General City Managing Committee
235 The Khevra Kadisha and Its Workers
237 Institutions for Social Assistance
240 Beis-Lekhem – Bread for the Needy
240 Philanthropic-Construction Aid Activities

Chapter Eight – Culture and Education

251 Educational and Cultural Institutions
257 The Song of Hazamir
259 Kultura – Its Goals and Active Workers
263 Malemedim – Teachers – Educators
265 'Beis Yakob' School
266 The Sholem Aleichem Library
269 The Jewish Sports Clubs
270 The Children's Home Named After Dr. Mitelman
   

Writers and Artists

274 H. D. Numberg – The Child Prodigy of Radomsk
275 Two Songs
283 The Cantata of Y. Zaks to the Poem, "Mul Hayeshimoon" of A. Szlanski
284 The Art Circle of Prof Yitzhak Zaks
285 The Painter Natan Szpigel
286 Yakov Cytronowicz
286 A. B. Cerata - Intimate Portrait
288 H. Leiwik - Old Fashioned Singing

Chapter Nine – Holocaust and Revenge

346 The Scroll of Pain
363 The Last Jews in Radomsk
372 In the Ghetto and on the 'Hasag'
376 The 'Aryan'
379 Herszl Grynszpan
380 Manjek Rayngiewerc
381 Mendl Fiszelewicz

Chapter Ten -- Salvaged Tales

395 During the Opening of the Treblinka Mausoleum
395 Scattered and Spread Across the Whole of Europe
398 The First Month of Nazi Rule
400 In the Nightmare of the Bunkers
401 Radomsker Jews in Skarzysker 'Hasag'
405 On the Burning Ruin
406 A Letter to a Friend in Eretz-Yisroel
407 The Escape to Russia
407 The Roads and Detours to a New Life
409 How I Survived
410 From Cold Siberia to the Sunny Homeland
413 In the City of our Tragedy
415 A Visit to Radomsk in 1960

Chapter Eleven – Images and Portraits

420 Radomsker Landsleit in Israel and in the Diaspora Memorialize the Memory of Our Victims
430 Family Photographs and Appreciations
455 Community Personalities and Concerns
467 Religious Figures and Clergy
472 Party Workers
 
The above chapter was assembled from material that was received from landsleit in Israel and the Diaspora, in response to a general solicitation by the Book Committee to immortalize the memory of family members, relatives, friends and acquaintances in this special chapter. All appreciations and notes were placed here in alphabetical order according to family names, using the language of the source and without changes in the submitted material.

Chapter Twelve – Radomsk Region

485 Brzeznica (Hebrew)
486 Wloszczowa (Hebrew)
486 Sulmierzyce (Hebrew)
486 Plawno-Gidle (Gidzel) (Hebrew)
488 Przedborz (Hebrew)
490 The Przedborzer Dynasty
492 Kleszczow (Hebrew)
492 Kaminsk (Hebrew)
494 Rozprza (Hebrew)
495 Szczulkow-Podszwierk (Hebrew)
495 Rabbi Dovidl Lelewer
496 Gidzel (Gidle)

Chapter Thirteen – Radomsk in the World

499 The Nowo-Radomsker Society in the United States of America
517 The Aid Organization in Los Angeles
519 Radomskers in Argentina
521 The United Landsmanschaft in France
524 Nowo-Radomsker Center in Melbourne
 
The English segments in the first essays [in the above chapter] were assembled by Harry Rudnitsky in New York during his visit to Israel in the month of May 1967.

Chapter Fourteen – Radomsk in Israel

538 The History of Radomsker Immigration to Palestine and Landsmanschaft Activities in Israel
550 Radomskers Who Passed Away in Israel
551 In Memory of the Dead in Israel(Hebrew)

Chapter Fifteen – Supplemental Material

578 Mr. Yitzhak-Szmul Rozenblat, of Blessed Memory (Hebrew)
580 Dovid Kunitspuler, of Blessed Memory (Hebrew)
581 Index of the Photographs
585 Index of Names
601 Contents
604 The Last Photograph of May 1967
 
In each chapter the material first appears in Hebrew and then in Yiddish. The table of contents of each chapter [appears on] its title page (from the second chapter). [The contents] of all its chapters also appear at the end of the book.


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