Bert continues his work of restoring and protecting the Jewish Cemetery. He has been erecting and fixing the broken monuments. Recently work has begun on numbering the gravestones to make it easier to find loved ones. If you wish to donate funds to help in this project, please email Cherie Korer (see link at bottom of this page) for Bert's contact info.
The Humenne Jewish cemetery now has a solid fence!! Funds are now needed to repair and reposition the gravestones. Please donate any amount by emailing using the link at the bottom of this page. Bert Gross former resident of Humenne and survivor has been working to preserve and improve the condition of the cemetery through twice yearly cleanups that include cutting down of high grass. Many stones are down, weathered and unreadable. Funds are urgently needed to restore the cemetery.
Regina Salomon Fox passed away peacefully on her 106th birthday!
Regina Salamon was born on March 15, 1898 in the beautiful Humenne valley to her loving parents Leopold (Moishe Aria) and Julie or Judith (Yehudas)EICHLER Salamon. Her brother was Herman (named Hersh Lieb or Tsvi Aryeh after grandfather Rabbi Hersh Leib Eichler (1824-1895), the owner of a Kocsma and mohel. Hersh Leib's wife was Pearl SCHOENBERGER Eichler who left Humenne about 1897 with her son Rabbi Meir Eichler and went to live in Israel (she is buried in Sefad). Since I was a little girl who climbed up high into her feather bed to listen to stories of faraway places with magical names like Kudlovsa, Zemplen Megye, Munkacs, ODavidhaza, and Homonna, Bubbe Fox has entranced me with her stories and still does. As Bubbe turns 105 years young I am still learning about the deeply religious and industrious life of the Jews of Humenne and the surrounding towns tragically marred by WWI and obliterated by the Holocaust. Come then and visit Bubbe's Humenne in all its beauty and sorrow, lest we forget. She walked these streets, attended the Synagogue, watched the Grav (Count) Androshy Sandor riding his horse in the verdant mountains above Humenne, took a shortcut to Humenne through his Gothic Mansion just steps from Fathers's Tavern/Grocery/Inn and "place of entertainment" (Korchma or Koscma), served beer on tap, wine and wodka on market days and watched the century unfold.
Regina says, "When I saw all the pretty cards and read the letters from the children I was overcome with joy! Thank-you to all my young friends who wrote to me. May you all be blessed with good health and good fortune for your kindness and sincerity. Warm Regards to all the dear children who wrote!"
Regina Fox was on Discovery Health Television May 2, 2001 8 P.M. Eastern Standard Time.
"Z Pekla Stesti" or "The Devil's Own Luck" (1979) Originally Written in Czech, (translated into Slovak) by Ladislav Grosman. It's about a Humenne Jewish boy during the Holocaust.
Obchod na Korze , or "The Shop on Main Street ,"
One of the feature films presented at the Cannes Film Festival and 1965 Academy Award winner for best foreign language film.
Filmed in Sabinov, from an original story by Ladislav Grosman.
In Slovak with English subtitles, starring Ida Kaminska, screenplay by Ladislav Grosman. "Geschichte Der Juden In Humenne" (The Story of the Jews of Humenne) by David Friedmann
This book gives a history of Humenne from the earliest times of Jewish inhabitance until 1933. I have a copy of this book which is written in German. Surname lookups are possible. Many thanks for this Chapter 2. translation done by Maurice and Helen Haberman.
Who was the Ksav Sofer? Abraham Samuel Benjamin Wolf Schreiber (1815-1871) was the oldest son of Moses (Hasam Sofer) Schreiber, succeeded his father in 1839 as rabbi and rosh yeshivah of Pressburg, a post he occupied for 32 years. He was one of the leaders of Hungarian Orthodoxy for the Jewish Congress which took place in 1869, and published responsa and expositions of the Torah. (From EJ)
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Humenne Synagogue #1792090 Items 2-3.
Births, marriages and deaths for 1838 through 1895.
Humenne Military Muster Rolls (1873-1878) #629839
Humenne Military Muster Rolls (1879-1883) #629840
Humenne Military Muster Rolls (1884-1888) #629841
Name, place of birth, current residence and father's name are given.
The 1869 Hungarian Census of Zemplen County is also available encompassing Humenne and surrounding towns.
Mr. Julius Levicky has reported to the police that a large monument
has been stolen. The authorities are conducting an investigation. (Bert Gross)
"The town of Humenne with respect and commemorations remembers all its 2200 Jewish citizens who after the forced transports in 1942, were murdered in concentration camps. We give honor to their memory."
- March 1942 - The Belzec and Sobibor extermination camps begin operation.
- March 13, 1942 - Eichmann begins preparation for the evacuation of Slovakian Jews.
- May 24, 1942 - Leopold Salamon, his family, and the Jews of Humenne deported to Rojowiac on transport #35. "Arriving there the next day they found little food, much sickness, and work clearing swamps. Of those who survived until August , 1942, 700 were shot as they were driven to the trains. They were shipped (on a layer of live whitewash -- burning) to Sobibor, where they were immediately killed." Melody Amsel Gross
"Yad Vashem has 20 reels of microfilmed cards from the first and biggest transport operation which the Nazis employed between March and October, 1942. In this operation 58,000 Jews were deported from Slovakia." (Robert Klein, HUNG-SIG article) 39,000 of them went to the Lublin district (Sobibor and Belsec), the remainder to Auschwitz.
"The transports from Humenne that went to Auschwitz first stopped in Poprad which is at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. Poland is just over the border and Auschwitz is a train ride a few hours to the North." (Melody Amsel, August, 2000)
"I was about five years old when I saw the Jews of Humenne walk past my house on the way to the train station. There were men, women and children. One elderly lady was limping. I went into my house and brought her out a cane to help her walk. She thanked me. My father came out and picked me up and we watched, sadly, as the people walked solemnly by. It was May 24, 1942." (Louis "Lajos" Gross, 2000)
At least one of the transports went to Rejowiec, a small town southwest of Sobibor, where a Ghetto was set up for Jews in May, 1942. (Melody Amsel)
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