David FRANKEL (FRENKEL) served
Rabbi and Av Beit Din of Nepolokivtsi for about 50 years,
until he was brutally
killed in the Holocaust in about Nov 1941.
was born in Rzeszow (Reisha), Galicia, Poland (or in
1862 (65?) to Yehoshua
and Ester FRANKEL.
In about 1886 he married Freida Gele nee
GARDIN from Izbitza (Izbica Lubelski), Poland.
He lived in Izbitza until
family was deported by the Russian, when he became the Rabbi
He lived in
Nepolokoutz in the train station
neighborhood next to the synagogue.
He was murdered with his first born son, Rabbi
Yehoshua, in Nov 1941, during their deportation to
the way from
Yedinetz, Bessarabia, Romania (today Edinet, Moldova) to
Rabbi David Frankel was deported in July 1941, with other
Jews who survived the murder of the Jews of
Nepolokoutz, first to Luzhan, then after a few weeks to
Rabbi Frankel, who was not only old but also sick
starved after about 5 months of
was carried on a wagon, while his son Yehoshua walking, with
besides the wagon. It was probably November 1941, wintry
while the wagon turned over, either accidentally or by the
who guarded them; the Romanians then shot David, his
Yehoshua and Yehoshua'
s wife Breine.
The above is according to
testimonies by Pepi MUNSTER-LOEFFLER and Dontzia
MUNSTER-OVICH. Pepi also
remembered hearing the romanian Gendarme telling his friends
how he just shot some Jews, and later she saw Rabbi David
corpse lying in the snow.
Rabbi David FRANKEL's
Freida Gele nee
David FRANKEL's children were:
Yehoshua FRANKEL; born 1887 in
He served as the Rabbi and Av Beit
Din of Seletin (Selyatin), then in Romania, now in Ukraine.
He was married to Breine
Leah REIBER. He was shot, with his wife and parents, in
Nov 1941 (see above)
Breina Leah REIBER,
with her 2 sons,
Menachem and Moshe Yehuda,
and her daughter Sarah; 1920s.
Rabbi Yehoshua had 5 children.
Rabbi Dr. Menachem FRANKEL;
served as the deputy mayor of Ramla ,
Israel and chairman of the religious
council in the city.
Yehuda FRANKEL, born 1919 in Wien; served as chairman of Religious council
and the deputy
mayor of Akko, Israel.
Sarah BABAD, born
Wien (twin of
FRANKEL; born 1890 in Izbitza.
He served as a Rabbi in Wien; in
1938 escaped to US
and served as a Rabbi in Bronx and later in
In 1973 Moved to Jerusalem; he lived in Kiryat
he passed away in 1978, 88 years old.
Rabbi Moshe LeibYehuda
(Leizer) FRANKEL; born 1894; later lived and died in Tel
later lived in Stockholm,
later lived in Stockholm, Sweden.
later lived in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, where she died.
Horrific story of the deportation and torture of Rabbi
Yehoshua FRANKEL is described in Avigdor
("Burning Ice: The Ghettos of
Transnistria") - chapter 14.
The following images are from the English translation by
Publisher: New York: U.S.: East European Monographs, Boulder,
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