Grodno Yeshiva and Haftorah Reading #general
Jose Gutstein <jmg-miami@...>
My family found a letter written in May/1939 by my father's then 12-year-old
cousin Ephraim GUTSZTEJN to his aunt who was already living in Israel. The
letter was sent >from Grodno Yeshiva, where young Ephraim had already been
studying for a year away >from home and was now preparing for his upcoming
Bar Mitzvah. Ephraim's family was living in Sokolka, Poland at the time, and
his extended family in Radzilow, Poland.
It is quite a moving letter, where the young, but mature boy (who obviously
grew up way before his time due to the world going on around him) predicted
in ominous tones exactly what was to come. He indicated a desire to continue
his religious studies beyond his 13th year, even as he wrote quite
eloquently and with religious references, about the bleak future that was
facing the Jews. No one knows if he ever celebrated his Bar Mitzvah, but we
do know that Ephraim did not survive, nor did any of his 4 siblings or his
My questions are these:
1) Does anyone know when Grodno Yeshiva was shut down and if that happened
before the Germans advanced on Grodno? Or was the Yeshiva still active and
its students were rounded up >from there? I'm trying to figure out the time
line, if it's likely that young Ephraim made it back to Sokolka and was
killed there, or if it was more likely he was killed or led out to the camps
directly >from Grodno Yeshiva.
2) He writes that his 13th year would be on "Shabbat Nachamu." Does anyone
know what part of the year that Haftorah reading refers to?
In a message dated 98-10-05 00:25:56 EDT, email@example.com writes:
<< He writes that his 13th year would be on "Shabbat Nachamu." Does anyone
know what part of the year that Haftorah reading refers to? >>
==The "Shabbat of Comforting"--the first Shabbat immediately after the fast of
Tisha Be'Av which occurs on the 9th (occasionally 10th) of Av (Ab). It occurs
usually in late July or August. The Haftorah of that day is >from Isaiah and
starts "Nachamu, Nachamu, Ami"--Be comforted, be comforted my people,"
BERNET, BERNAT, BAERNET etc >from Frensdorf, Bamberg, Nurnberg, (Bavaria)
KONIGSHOFER: Welbhausen, Konigshofen, Furth (S. Germany)
ALTMANN: Kattowitz, Breslau, Poznan, Beuthen--Upper Silesia/Poland
WOLF(F): Frankfurt, Wurzburg, Furth, Yugoslavia, Westchester
WOLF, Sali & Rachel, Rotterdam, murdered by Dr. Petiot, Paris ca 1942
WEIL[L], Albert, Fr. hon. consul in Nurnberg; returned to France 1936/7.
Nick Landau <nick@...>
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
In a message dated 98-10-05 00:25:56 EDT, email@example.com writes:In 1939, it was 29 July.
Paul Silverstone <paulh@...>
Jose Gutstein wrote:
Does anyone know when Grodno Yeshiva was shut ...Grodno was in the Russian occupied part of Poland and was not occupied by the
Germans until after June 21, 1941. You do not state where his home town was -
in which partof Poland , the German western part or Russian eastern part. If
Sokolka was in the German occupied zone, he would have been unable to return and
presumably celebrated his bar-mitzvah in Grodno during the 20 months remaining
between the two invasions.
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