~ In loving memory of my father David Spunberg ~ b. 31 October 1901 - d. 20 June 1982
Berdychiv, at the 2nd half of the XIXth century and the first decades of the XXth century represented one of the most important Jewish communities in Eastern Europe. Nowadays in Ukraine, with the effort of the Chabad is recuperating the historical roots.
LEVUSH ATERET ZAHAV ON YOREH DEAH by Mordecai Yoffe from the edition published in Berditchev, 1818. This is the first of three files (containing simanim 1-122); subdivision of the volume is because of the huge size of the original PDF file.
Jewish Poland (Click in the sequence of numbers on your left side to observe the images, or click the bottom indicating the slide show to see a full screen, once the first image appears, click on it again to observe the following slide, and in the same way onwards)
This is the Trailer of the upcoming documentary & exhibition created by the Berlin artist Thomas Wernicke in co- operation with the German composer/musician Michael "Roosty" Schmerschneider & the Ukraine interpreter Elisaveta Belayevskaya. The film & exhibition shows the crime of the german death squads in the ukraine by the example of the city Berditschew. All Protagonist are directly survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust. The un- commercial Film & exhibition starting the worldwide tour in the second half of 2008
Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council, speaks about the importance of commemorating the Jews who perished during the Holocaust. Rav Lau, himself a child survivor of Buchenwald, powerfully calls upon Jews across the world, to join efforts to recover the names of each individual Shoah victim by filling out Pages of Testimony in their memory and submitting them to Yad Vashem. Search for information or submit names of people you know of who perished during the Shoah on Yad Vashem's Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names. http://bit.ly/Zpo3I
Otto Simmonds, a German-born Jewish physician who lived with his family in France, dashed off this desperate note to his wife and daughter from inside a railcar bound for Auschwitz in August 1942. “Fifty of us in one car!!” he wrote, his last words to his family. “Be brave and courageous. I’ll be the same.” A railway worker discovered the letter in a tattered envelope on a train track and, intent that it reach the Simmonds family, added his own heartfelt message, placed it in a new envelope, and mailed it to Otto’s wife.
My dears, On the way to Poland!!! Nothing helped. Tried everything. Allegedly it’s going to Metz. Fifty of us in one car!! Be brave and courageous. I’ll be the same. Stripped of everything in Drancy. Kisses, Otto
Dear Madam, Having found this letter on the rails after one of the Jews who passed through and seeing that the envelope was in a sad state, I allowed myself to make a new one and hope that this letter will reach you. With my apologies, Madam, I hope that you will be pleased and happy nonetheless. A Railway Worker
The Trotskys, the Bronsteins and the Kievskys:
A Search for Identity in Russian-Jewish History
Speaker: Boris Kievsky
Growing up being called a Jew by Russians, a Russian by Americans and not quite fitting in with any of them, Ukrainian-born actor/filmmaker, Boris Kievsky, grew up with a confused sense of identity. Five years ago, in a desire to better understand who he was, Boris began to ask questions about his family history. What he discovered led him on a journey that took him back to the former Soviet Union and to the history of the Jewish participation in creating the Soviet Union, in which his grandfather played a role. Starting with the old saying “it’s the Trotskys who make the revolutions, and the Bronsteins who pay the price,” and knowing that his own family did both, through interviews, research and first-hand observations, investigates why there were so many Jewish revolutionaries (“Trotskys”), what price all of the Russian-Empire Jews (“Bronsteins”) paid, and where that leaves us as a people today.
Boris Kievsky was born in Cherkassy, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and came to the United States at the age of six. An award-winning writer and director, he earned BFA and Post-Graduate degrees in theatre before moving to New York, where he performed in, as well as produced and directed several theatrical productions. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Boris made the switch to film and television. As an actor, Boris has appeared on numerous TV shows and all levels of film from shorts to studio releases, often playing some variation of a Russian mobster, much to his Jewish mother’s dismay.
This film spoken in Russian covers a topic that previously suppressed, in the film tells of a Jewish partisan movement in Europe, how it originated and how you live, and how the Jews dealt with not only the Nazis, but also local residents.
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