This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page (Yom Kippur) #poland #yizkorbooks

Bruce Drake

What makes “Yom Kippur in Gostynin” from the Yizkor book of this Polish town so poignant is that the memories of that sacred day — when the writer, Shmuel Keller was young — were evoked by services he attended years later when he lived in New York. All the traditions, rituals and the many family members and friends described in this moving account are still very much with him. As was the premonition of what was to come reflected by the laments and anguish of many worshippers. “Only now, after the terrible destruction of the Holocaust, can we understand why the Jews cried so bitterly.”
“This world exists no longer. It was completely cut off. This world will always remain alive deep in our hearts and memories.”

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel