1932 Ponevezh Video #belarus

Harold Rhode <hrhode@...>

By now, many of you have received your copies of the Ponevezh video
- the one which shows Jewish life in Ponevezh taken in 1932 by a man
who went back to visit his family. The film also contrasts life then
with what remains there now.

The video is very moving; it includes portions >from the Ponevezh
Jewish cemetery, which the Soviets destroyed in 1972 and used the
broken-up gravestones to construct a wall in downtown Ponevezh.

The video also includes footage of many Jews coming out of the
Ponevezh Yeshiva - one by one so that those of us who had relatives
there might be able to identify family members.

There are still some copies left, if anyone still hasn't gotten copies.

This video is a must for anyone researching Jewish life in Lithuania and

The video is also avaiable on the PAL European Video System as well.

Send checks for $18.50 ($15.00 + $3.50) for handling in the US to:
H. Mechanic
490 Duryea Terrace
West Hempstead, NY 11552


Harold Rhode

MODERATOR'S NOTE: Although Ponevezh is not in Belarus, it is close to the
border and some Belarus families may have had branches in nearby Lithuania.
The video may give you some idea of what a shtetl in the region looked
like even if it is not your shtetl.

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