Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1990-11-15, page 01
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",N 'TT. TF 'lot , The Ohio Jewish Chronicle v' .'SeruingColMmbMsflnrfCenfmlO/iio - *' Jewish Community for Over 60 Years VOOJME68, NUMBER47 NOVEMBER 15,1990 27CHESHVANS751, .DEVOTED TO AMERICAN AND JEWISH IDEALS - Kahane's ideas live on New- equipment stops greater fire damage. Romania's Rabbi Rosen v u: A' ' ".' " '•- holds fast *Hep, Hep Hooray!' and Rabbi Meir Kahane page 5 1 i t ( < '*> < „ ' |ew$ and Holl^ood?-j to-be disciissed>V ! "\'M = "*■*;-' - ■• * - . - . -, ' ?v-1*1 EARLY DEADLINE deadline For The Thur^cJay ■ Npv. 22 Issii^;/ T_k .-VJiNOON, THURSDAY,l^V,'^ r.-.^. feSfThVOJCOffice-wilf B,e Closed.On;,. :=i &X*»%^KS,GIV1NG,THURSDAY, NOV. 22 |||^c^;v _ In The Chronicle .. 19 6-10 .. 11 , Community v federation ., iw»tPage 2,3 *£&yde 12,13 :C <.. 15 16 IS 4,S ROOTS AND BRANCHES to Poland produces documents thought destroyed By Miriam Weiner How often have you heard someone say "my ancestral town was wiped off the map during the Holocaust and all the records were destroyed?" It is simply not true. During a recent tour to Poland, 21 American Jews participated in a historic opportunity to visit their ancestral towns, have open access to government archives and documents and take virtually unlimited photos of documents representing the history of their family. For Marvin and Janet Greenberg of Lexington, Mass., this tour represented the opportunity to visit Krasnystaw and Rejowiec, small towns outside of Lublin. Janet's father, Philip Waldman, of Columbus, was born in Rejowiec, and when he learned of her plans to visit there, he spent two hours trying to talk her out of the trip, because "surely everything was gone." Marvin came along to share in discoveries and "to be there for the sorrow they would find during visits to the death camps at Auschwitz and Majdanek." Fortunately, Marvin brought his video camera and returned home with over eight hours representing their remarkable journey into the past. In Krasnystaw, the Green- bergs were met by the Mayor, newspaper reporter and town elder, which had been pre-arranged the day before by the Greenberg's local guide in Lublin. According to Janet, "The sincerity of the people we met was overwhelming. They were very willing to help us without conditions. We were taken to the remains of the Jewish cemetery, now an over-grown field with high tension wires running through it like an ugly scar. We found a few stones with incomplete inscriptions. The synagogue building is still standing and now is occupied by a shut factory. There is virtually nothing to identify it as a former synagogue." Janet's father had described in some detail the layout of the town, and it was not difficult to locate the street where he once lived. There were a few dilapidated wooden houses remaining, and as we walked by each house, I could see Janet wondering if "that was the one." We visited the local muse um where the enthusiastic director proudly showed us the extensive museum collection. Artifacts included old photos, maps and postcards, but the real surprise was saved for last. Finally, the director unlocked a cabinet and brought out portions of several Torah scrolls which he said were saved from the synagogue when it was "dismantled." The edges were charred and torn, with no outside. covering to protect them. The next item to emerge from the cabinet was a wallet which, upon examination, left us all speechless when we saw the Hebrew letters. It was actually made from a Torahscroll! When the director produced a seal bearing a Mogen David and the name of a Mizrahi organization in Krasnystaw, I was seized with the urge to use that seal! The director brought a stamp pad, and I promptly began stamping whatever I could find, including Janet's prayerbook, once belonging to her grandmother. When I asked for Janet and Marvin's passports, they handed them right over, and I stamped the last page with the seal of a Jewish organization once thriving in Krasnystaw. This may take some explaining later, but it seemed like a good idea to me at the time. On to Rejowiec where we struck pay dirt with the first old person we stopped on the street who told us about the Jewish history of the town. She pointed out the potato field which had once been the Jewish cemetery. It was getting late, and we were impatient to discover if there were surviving documents such as birth, marriage and death records. We asked the old woman where births are registered for the town, and she told us the office was closed. Persistence is vital in such a situation, and so I asked where the person lived who had the office key. It seems the town clerk also performs weddings and was about to begin two ceremonies. Our next request was "please direct us to the site of the weddings." Lest you think any of us are fluent in Polish, .please know we couldn't have accomplished a thing during this tour without the outstanding services of Mariola, our ORBIS trans- see TRIP pg-10 : 1 tr*ii4iM*fiirt*lHir*+0"
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1990-11-15|
|Subject||Jews -- Ohio -- Periodicals|
|Place||Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)|
|Creator||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Collection||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Submitting Institution||Columbus Jewish Historical Society|
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