To All H-Siggers,
I translated a section of the Yizkor book for the town of Huncovce
(also once known as Hunsdorf or Unsdorf) and created a KehilaLinks
page for it both in 2013. It became known world-wide for its Yeshiva,
once second in importance to the Pressburg Yeshiva of the Chatam
Sofer. Try as I have for several years, I have never been able to
find a photo of what that Huncovce Yeshiva looked in its heyday. (An
erroneous photo exists on page 162 in the Slovak book of "Encyklopedia
Zidovskych Nabozenkych Obci," confirmed by people who actually live in
that area.) A building in somewhat disrepair remains with a plaque
attesting that a Yeshiva once existed there. I visited there in
November 2013, so I can confirm that.
This yeshiva was well-known enough to have attracted people >from as
far away as the USA. A few pages >from what must have been a list of
its students, notes that two young men >from Scranton, PA, attended
there also in the 1920s: Arthur J. Harris, born in 1904 was there in
1924, and 1925, and presumably his younger brother also went there in
1925, George A. Harris. (I have no lists of students before 1923 or
I have tried to locate possible descendants of these men in hopes of
learning if either of them possibly took a camera with them and took
some photos of the Yeshiva or the town.
Rabbi Samuel Rosenberg, author of the book Be'er Shmuel, who made this
yeshiva what it was, died in 1919, so these men could not have taken a
photo of him. Despite having contacted descendants of this rabbi,
they ascertain there is no photo of this rabbi extant. One
photographer even attempted, but it was destroyed. Again, unless
someone was around to capture a photo of him with the cameras of the
The City Hall of Huncovce wanted to hang a photo of him on their wall
of honor, but as you can see, nothing has been found.
So this is perhaps my last resort, a long shot of course, to see if
anyone, anywhere in the world has photos of either of these, or
anything else to add to the KehilaLinks history of Huncovce.
Thanks in advance,
Beverly Hills, CA
Researching: GOLDMAN, STEINER, LANGER, GLUECKSMAN in various parts of
Galicia such as: Nowy Targ, Wachsmund, Dembno, Lapuszna, Krakow,
Poland, who migrated into Kezmarok or nearby towns in Slovakia.
GOLDSTEIN in Sena, and Kosice, Slovakia; Tolcsva, Hungary; very
briefly in Timisoara, Romania