JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen 1939 Flight of Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva from Radin to Lithuania #general

Steve Orlen

Dear Cousins,

In 1939 a relative of mine fled the Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva in Radin
with about 100 students & their teachers to either Vilnius or Utan in
Lithuania. By a stroke of ironic luck, a few weeks before Hitler's
Blitzkrieg the KGB arrested them all as counter revolutionaries and
sent them by freight train to various gulags in Siberia. After the
war, those who survived gathered in a town near Nurenberg in the
American Zone. >from there, some went to a French town near Monaco...
Has anyone seen any references to this trek, any books? I should
assure you that the story is essentially true, but I'm not sure
whether my cousin simply went to the French town, or Yeshiva bochers
re-gathered there. The story was told to me by my elderly cousin who
took that journey.

Best, Steve Orlen

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