This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #general

Bruce Drake

Itsik Trastinetski was one of a group of Jewish activists rounded up
by political police in Poland, all of whom were subjected to torture.
His own treatment was brutal and when his captors saw that he was
physically broken to the point that further torture was superfluous,
they then tortured his closest friends within his sight. He was taken
to the town hospital, still bound in chains, where people >from other
wards hurried to hear what he had to say, even as doctors closed the
windows so he could not be heard in other pavilions. Trastinetski's
sarcastic response was "See, my hands and my feet are bound in
chains, but you cannot close my mouth" and with the call "Long live
freedom!," he gave up his spirit. Such was "Itsik Trastinetski's
Martyrdom," a chapter >from the Yizkor book of Kremenets, Vyshgorodok,
and Pochayiv.


Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

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