Ostrowiec;
A Monument on the Ruins
of an Annihilated Jewish Community
(Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland)

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Translation of
Sefer Ostrovtsah: le-zikaron ule-'edut

Editor: Gershon Silberberg, Meir Shimon Geshuri

Tel Aviv 1971


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This is a translation of: Sefer Ostrovtsah: le-zikaron ule-'edut (Ostrowiec; a monument on the ruins of an annihilated Jewish community),
Editors: Gershon Silberberg, Meir Shimon Geshuri, Society of Ostrovtser Jews in Israel,
with the cooperation of the Ostrovtser Soc. in NY and Toronto, Tel Aviv 1971 (H, Y, E 800 pages)

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Translated by Yocheved Klausner

Introduction Yehezkel Arieli 13
Foreword [Y] Yehezkel Arieli 15
 
History of the Town and the Jewish Community
On the Rivers of Ostroweic M. S. Geshuri 17
On the Rivers of Ostroweic [Y] M. S. Geshuri 37
Rabbis and ADMORs in Ostrowiec M. S. Geshuri 59
 
The Rav and ADMOR R'Meir Yechiel Halevi Halstock
 
Rabbi Yechiel Meir Halevi Rav Yitzhak Yedidya Frenkel 70
The poor people's ADMOR, standing firm against the powerful Yehoshua Altman 71
Hassidim telling stories about their rabbi Yehuda Leib Zuker 72
Lover of people Yoske Apter 74
The man who has become a legend Yakov Hocherman 79
Meetings with the rabbi A. Halevi 80
Din Tora [trial in a religious court] at the Ostrowiec Gaon Yehoshua Altman 81
The Ostrowiec method of study Rav Isser Frenkel 83
The greatness of the ADMOR Yechezkel Ereli (Ehrlich) 85
The Ostrowiec rabbi (poem) [Y] A. N. Stentzel 86
The Ostrowiec rabbi and his environment Leizer Kuperman 87
The Ostrowiec rabbi [Y] Y. Opatoshu 93
The Ostrowiec rabbi foresaw the Holocaust [Y] Dr. Chaim Shoshkes 95
The Ostrowiec Gaon [Y] S. Petrushka 97
Good words from the rabbi [Y] Ben-Zion Ratler 98
The great holy man from Ostrowiec Hillel Zeitlin 100
A forty-year struggle against the body [Y] S. Palmoni 102
The last minutes of the Ostrowiec Gaon I. Bronstein 103
Bibliography on the Ostrowiec Gaon M. S. Geshuri 106
 
The Rav ADMOR Rabbi Yechezkel'e, May God avenge his blood
 
The Last of the Ostrowiec Rabbis Chaim S. Palmon 108
Rabbi Yechezkel in the days of fury and destruction A. R. 110
The last hours before he was executed Moshe Friedensohn 112
A lament for the Rav Rabbi Yechezkel S. Almoni 113
The martyrdom of the last Ostrowiec Rabbi [Y] Aharon Zeitlin 116
The death of a martyr, the last ADMOR of Ostrowiec   118
 
There Once was a Jewish Town…
 
Ostrowiec, the town where I grew up Simcha Mintzberg 122
Ostrowiec in the eyes of a visitor Yosef Wishnograd 127
Two worlds in one town Yakov Bildreich 128
My Ostrowiec [Y] Yehoshua Altman 130
A town between two rivers [Y] Eliezer Kuperman 133
Pastime of the Jewish youth [Y] Yechiel Magid-Rosenberg z”l 141
The town of my childhood [Y] Max Grossman 143
The Shil-Hoif [Synagogues Yard], the center of Jewish life [Y] Efraim Wattman 145
A vanished world of the past [Y] Miriam Wattman-Rosenberg 146
Streets and People in Ostrowiec [Y] Shmuel Streissman 148
From my childhood years [Y] Aharon Urbass 149
A story [Y] Yehoshua Altman 152
 
“Sabbath and Holyday Jews”
 
Deep-rooted Jews with an original way-of-life Pinchas Soroka 155
An incident caused by the “Blessing after meal” [Birkat Hamazon] I. Birnzweig 156
Sabbath at my home [Y] Feigush Weintraub-Fertzig 158
My father on Sabbath [Y] Aharon Urbass 158
A mute prayer [Y] Chaim Goldsatz 159
High Holidays in town [Y] Mendel Hartstein 163
Sabbath and Holyday in Ostrowiec [Y] Yechiel Magid-Rosenberg 165
Kol Nidrei [Y] Chaim Goldsatz 169
All the people escorting a Torah Scroll to the synagogue [Y] Yechiel Magid-Rosenberg 170
My grandmother's prayer Chaim Goldsatz 174
 
Figures and Types
 
R'Meir Ehrlich, may God avenge his blood Arie Liebman 175
The Community activist and Public worker Moshe Lederman z”l Yechezkel Arieli 176
R'Chaim Aharon Silberberg Arie Zhavner 177
R'Aizik Mendel Shochet (slaughterer) Pinchas Soroka 178
R'Mordechai Shimonowitz Pinchas Soroka 179
R'Mordechai Shimonowitz Rav Dov Zeid from Zwiehl (Berl Zwiehler) 179
Esther, the modest and humble widow Moshe Rosenberg 180
The Rav R'Blankman, may God avenge his blood Rav R'Avraham Goldshmidt 181
R'Avrehme'le Brieftreger (postman) Yehuda Leib Zuker 182
R'Mordechai Alter Naftali Alter 183
R'Yehoshua Riba   183
R'Leibush Pesach and Chaia Fuchs Sprintze Matel Blumenfeld 184
Leon Beigelman Helena Vasko 185
R'Chaim Yakov Yosef Nagel z”l   186
Henech Halpern I. Birnzweig 186
My friends Chana Hurwitz 186
 
Yiddish Section
 
Figures and Types
Yochanan's Shtiebel (Hassidic synagogue) Yehoshua Altman 187
R'Leibush Halstock z”l Isser Boimfeld 188
Reuven and Chaia'le Spielman z”l Yehuda and Mordechai Rosenberg 189
R'Israel Rosenberg Yehuda and Mordechai Rosenberg 190
The rise and annihilation of a family Moshe Salzman 192
Ostrowiec barber-surgeons Meir Blankman 196
Types from Ostrowiec of old times Aizik Beinerman 198
Ostrowiec types Meir Blankman 203
Nothing will be lost Chaim Goldsatz 205
The Ostrowiec water-carriers Meir Blankman 207
The Ostrowiec insane Meir Blankman 209
Mother, I can never forget you! (poem) Yehoshua Urbass 212
 
Heders and Yeshivas
 
The Ostrowiec melamdim [teachers] [Y] Meir Blankman 214
A town of Batei Midrash and Heders [Y] Yechiel Magid-Rosenberg 218
The Bet-Yosef Yeshiva of the “moralists” Yechiel Rosenberg 220
 
Ostrowiec Becoming Modern
 
Development of modern schools Isser Boimfeld 224
Charity institutions in town Paltiel Brickman 227
Chevra Kadisha [burial society] is asking a price Ch. Fleischman 229
Parties and Associations Eliezer Kuperman 230
The socialist movement Aizik Beinerman 232
New winds are blowing Isser Boimfeld 233
Ostrowiec is becoming modern M. Piltzmacher 235
Jewish Labor life Eber Beinerman 236
Social movements in town M. Piltzmacher 239
Hechalutz wins over the youth Moshe Rosenberg 245
The activity of young people in our town A. Halevi 246
Hano'ar Hatzioni calls on the Jews to make Aliya Moshe Bleiberg 248
Hashomer Hale'umi [Y] Feivel Kerschenblatt 252
The Revisionist movement in Ostrowiec I. Birnzweig 252
Mizrahi and Tze'irei Mizrahi as reflected in the press   253
Agudat Israel as reflected in the press   257
 
Holocaust and Destruction
 
Eli Ostrowiec (poem - lament) Yakov Baharir 258
My life and experiences in the Nazi hell [Y] Shlomo Horwitz 261
The beginning [Y] Yehoshua Urbass 271
Chelunia! (poem Aizik Beinerman 276
The liquidation of the Ostrowiec ghetto [Y] Leibush Millstein 277
The Zabchinski brothers [Y] Friedman 294
The Szczebrzeszyn rabbi dies as a martyr [Y] I. Bernstein 295
Burying the Torah Scrolls in the days of terror Chana Wittenberg-Gutholz 296
A mother's eulogy [Y] Bina Weintraub-Shapira 297
The destruction of Ostrowiec (poem) [Y] Yehoshua Urbass 298
Our attic [Y] Machtche Silberberg-Zhabner 305
Hazkarat Neshamo [Memorial Service, lit. remembering the souls] [Y] Aizik Beinerman 309
My uncle R'Chaim Aharon Silberberg [Y] Leibel Zhabner 311
Photographs from the ghetto [Y] Simcha and Itche-Meir Birnzweig 313
The death of R'Mordechai Shimonowitz [Y] Leibel Zhabner 315
My mother goes to the market [Y] Leibel Zhabner 318
Ostrowiec my home [Y] Mordechai Rosenberg 320
The massacre on the 28th of April [Y] Machtche Zhabner-Silberberg 321
The night of the execution [Y] Yechiel Magid-Rosenberg 322
The horrible Bartholomew Night [Y] Israel Friedenthal 323
My father's Yahrzeit [memorial day] [Y] Yechiel Magid-Rosenberg 326
The Lipsker Tzadik [Y] Aharon Urbass and Yehuda Rosenberg 327
Memorial to the soul of Moshe Lederman z”l Yechezkel Arieli 328
R'Moshe Toppel is giving a Jewish burial [bringing to Kever Israel] [Y] Mordechai Zev Toppel 329
An orphanage in the ghetto [Y] Yechezkel Mandel 330
I remember [Y] Isser Gerber 335
The Savers [Y] Yehuda Rosenberg 340
The bunker [Y] Rachel Gutholz- Kamsinski 342
Ostrowiec youths fighting in the Warsaw ghetto [Y]   345
Ostrowiec in the days of the Holocaust Bella Schribner 346
Ostrowiec, I shall never forget you [Y] Malka Appelboim 351
Only ruins have remained [Y] M.Grossman 354
Polish murderers… [Y] A. Almoni 355
Ostrowiec during the Holocaust years Nechemia Warman 356
The young mother from Badzhichov camp [Y] Aizik Beinerman 363
Gutholz's heroic death in the labor camp M Bromberg 365
The Nazi roll-call (poem) Yosef Rosenberg z”l 366
The producer of Arian documents [Y] Berish Breitman 368
In the forced-labor camp in Germany as Christians [Y] Helena Pirkawska 369
A letter to my sister [Y] ShamayKodlowitz 370
Among Christians in Warsaw [Y] Helena Kaletzka 376
Poems and improvisations in the ghetto [Y] Amnon Eisenstadt 388
A prayer (poem) [Y] Mordechai Rosenberg 390
Surviving the Nazi hell hiding in a grave [Y] Yerachmiel Waldman 391
Oh, How bad I feel! (poem) [Y] Mordechai Rosenberg 394
The sole survivor from Kinev [Y] Shmuel Nudelman 396
 
Extermination Camps
 
Ostrowiec Jews in death-camp [Y] Paltiel Brickman 401
I was in Treblinka Miriam Gutholz-Feldman 403
“We have not lost our hope” (the Jewish anthem) [Y] Aizik Beinerman 412
I Survived the Nazi hell [Y] Azriel Urbass 415
Out of the gas chamber and down from the gallows [Y] Menashe Unger 419
At “Kever Avot” (parents' grave) in Majdanek Meir Blankman 422
A visit in Auschwitz [Y] Meir Blankman 425
Graves Israel Gurfinkel 430
Ostrowiec partisans [Y] Wolf Feinstock 433
A group of partisans from Ostrowiec   435
Murders by the Polish partisans Shlomo Zweigman 436
Reports from the labor camp The Testimonies Committee 440
Official documents on the annihilation of Ostrowiec [Y]   443
One Righteous in Sodom - the Christian Eva Shaminska Ariela Reuveni 446
 
Ostrowiec without Jews
 
The first Memorial Day in Ostrowiec [Y] I. Baharier 449
At the grave of the Jewish partisans [Y]   452
The terrible disappointment of the “liberated” Jews [Y]   455
Ostrowiec without Jews [Y] Dr. Chaim Shoshkes 457
A visit at the ruined home [Y] Amnon Eisenstadt 459
The violated Jewish cemeteries in Poland [Y] Meir Blankman 470
My consolation [Y] Mordechai Rosenberg 472
Report on the Nazi crimes in Ostrowiec   474
The pursuit after the criminals [Y]   478
Rievele Spillman's violin [Y] Dr. Yakov Schatzkin 480
Imagination [Y] Eliezer Kuperman 481
A stone [Y] Israel Gurfinkel 482
 
The Surviving Remnant - Dispersed and Scattered
 
Israel
Activity of the Organization of Former Ostrowiec Residents Yechezkel Ereli 487
The Organization of Former Ostrowiec Residents in Israel Yechezkel Ereli 495
A stormy meeting of the Organization   500
Remember and never forget! Yechezkel Ereli 502
The destroyer felled our town - massacred without mercy Yechezkel Ereli 504
The blood of our best sons have sanctified the soil of this land Yechezkel Ereli 506
Ostrowiecer who fell in Israel's wars and sanctified its soil   508
 
Ostrowiecer who died in Israel
 
R'David Toppel z”l Shoshana Toppel-Israeli 511
Chana Bogyeski z”l S. Choresh 513
Yafa Rosenberg z”l Moshe Rosenberg 513
Genia Levi z”l - a noble and fighting figure Shaul Goldman 514
Dear sister A. H. 516
Yechiel Meir Levi z”l Halevi 517
Binyamin Meir Eisenman z”l Tzipora 518
In memory of a fiend, Shmuel Nafrastik Yechezkel Ereli 519
Att. Rav Israel Aharon Friedenthal z”l Avraham Friedenthal 520
Simcha Mordechai Zhabner z”l Arie Zhabner 522
Friendship through the chain of generations   522
 
Toronto
Ostrowiecer in Toronto Dr. Chaim Shoshkes 523
A friendship of three generations   524
The Committee for Ostrowiec Lansleit A. Vilenski 525
Ostrowiecer in Toronto erect a Memorial for the martyrs   526
Ceremonial unveiling of the Ostrowiec Memorial Eber Beinerman 526
A symbolic tomb of the Ostrowiec martyrs Shaya Zweigman 528
A well deserved Memorial Eber Beinerman 529
Ostrowiecer in Toronto helping with the Yizkor Book   532
The Ostrowiec Synagogue in Toronto   533
 
New York
The lonely Landsman Eli Rasberg 542
A public call to the New York Landsleit   543
R'Zev-Wolf Weiss z”l Eliezer Kuperman 544
 
Brazil
We must not forget A. Boimfeld 547
We do not forgive Eber Beinerman 553
 
Argentina
Ostrowiecer in Argentina erect a memorial to the martyrs I. Branden  
 
English Section
 
Initial pages 4
A Town Between Two Rivers M. Sh. Geshuri 13
Surviving Child of Hitler's Regime Eva (Cukier) Singer 46
The Annihilation of a Jewish Community Leibush Milstein 47

 


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