Alternate names: Lida [Rus - Лида,
Yid - לידע ,
Pol, Bel - Ліда],
Lyda [Lith] at 53°53'
N, 25°18' E, 55
miles S of Vilnius/Vilna, 25 miles NW of Navahrudak [Nowogrodek]. 1900
Jewish population: 5,294. MapQuest
the the equivalent of the county seat for a long time, but it lost that
position when Lida district was combined with Nowogródek
distict, with Nowogródek (now Navahrudak) as its
seat. Lida is now just another town in the Hrodno region.
Leon Lauresh maps of
ages. 1939 map is very similar to that in Sepher
Lida, in Polish, but easier to read street names. The
rectangle near the river about 1/4 of the way down on the right,
"israelicki cmentarz" is the Jewish cemetery. Further down on the
right, marked "Dzielnica Zydowska" (Jewish District) is area heavily
populated by Jews..
- Early 20th
century voter lists
- Antisemitic events just after World War I, from the JDC archives
- April 1919
- scroll down to page 7 for mention of Lida events. The entire
document, though, provides a depressing picture of the process by which
Poland and Lithuania enacted their independent governments, as
sanctioned by the Treaty of Versailles, in the face of opposition by
the Bolshevik government of Russia, which sought to maintain its former
- April 1919
- June 1919 - scroll down to page 11 for a bit about Lida
- June 1919
- Holocaust in Lida on Yahad in Unum site
of Dr. Frances Dworecki
- The Holocaust Monument in Lida was vandalized
in August 2002. FSU Monitor for 21 Aug 2002 story went offline late
- The movie "Defiance", based on Nechama Tec's
book, inspired many articles on survivors from the Lida area. These
stories eventually went off-line
Koll - originally in the Jewish Times. There's the story of his
sister's & his survival elsewhere.
Monka - the Jewish Telegraph article is offline, but her story was on
Memorial Society site. YouTube has a video
in English with Spanish subtitles. There's another
video on the US Shoah Foundation site. There are many
ephemeral sites - use a search tool.
Cyderowicz) - original link went stale in 2018 & hasn't been archived on the Wayback Machine. However, her life story is also on the Lida Holocaust Memorial site
- The Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation
page on the Bielskis.
OF LIDA RESIDENTS AND THEIR DESCENDANTS
entered the US via St. Albans, VT, compiled from an LDS film by Janet
Lavine for the Soundex code
- Lida Residents who emigrated via Hamburg,
compiled from LDS films by Janet Lavine. You can view this list alphabetically or chronologically
Residents for whom tickets were purchased through HIAS, on
the Rosenbaum Steamship line, compiled from LDS films by Janet Lavine.
Residents for whom tickets were purchased through HIAS, on
the Blitzstein Steamship line, compiled from LDS films by Janet Lavine.
on National Archives microfilmed ships' manifests, compiled by Janet
aided by HIAS in the US, compiled from
LDS films by Janet Lavine.
- Beth Lida
Toronto cemetery records are in the Toronto Jewish Genealogical Society
Collection at the North
York Library. Thanks to Elaine Rosenbloom for a copy.
Rhonda B. Cohen updated cemetery records by transcribing tombstones in
the Beth Lida section of Roselawn Cemetery in March 2005.
- Beth Lida Synagogue has web pages that include its history.
- Josef Garbaty left Lida,
eventually settling in Berlin. He pioneered employee perks like
employee libraries and even unemployment insurance. In 1929 he retired.
His two sons took over a firm employing 2000. Source: Michael Skakun in Aufbau,
issue 2, 2003. a link in German
- Shifra Berenstein, called Shura, (Szura) married
Sioma Pupko, son of Lida brewery owner Meilakh. Survivors, they moved
to Mexico. Her descendant Batia Cohen-Fux has written a family history
centered around Szura, Un Amapola entre Cactus (A Poppy in the Cactus). Yes, it's Spanish.
- Postcard from Isaac
and Maria Pupko, who
perished in the Warsaw Ghetto
- Dr. Nittai K. Bergman, a Lida
descendant, has a letter written from Lida to Palestine right after
- Marv Brooks' mother
and her parents emigrated from Lida in 1917. She kept some bills
from the trip.
- Miriam Brysk nee Miasnik is an artist and author of a memoir: "Amidst the Shadows of the Trees: A Holocaust Child's Survival in the Partisans" (2007). She has recorded a testimony,
the link to which went stale in Dec. 2018
The Holocaust Memorial Center is redoing its site, and the
putative link to an index of testimonies, has dead links to the indices. About 11 minutes of her testimony are on YouTube. The transcript of an interview is at the University of Michigan Oral History Archive.
- Ticket for a Lieder
Brueder Unterstitzungs Verein drawing. Donated
by Howard Zakai
Brueder Unterstitzungs Verein
Golden Jubilee (1941)
- A kiddush cup presented as a
dancing prize by the Lida Relief Society won
by father of Bernard Kouchel Z"l. Picture donated
by Bernard Kouchel
Brothers' Section in Beth Moses Cemetery Photographs
donated by Roslyn Sherman Greenberg z'l
- Artist Alex
father was from Lida. The bio that mentioned this is offline, and has
been replaced with another one.
Katz nee Kaplinski
(1914-2004) was born in Lida. Her
parents and husband, Abraham Dworzinski, were shot
in a mass murder in Lida in 1941, leaving her with her 3-year-old son Nathan.
She evaded the May 19, 1942 mass murder by hiding in an outhouse with
Nathan. Peasants who had worked with her father hid her for a few
nights; she moved among families who'd known her father until a cousin
heard she was alive, and sent someone to take her to the Bielski
brothers. She remained until she got false papers and spent the rest of
the war on the run. She married another partisan, Abraham Katz, in
1944. On being widowed in 1957, she got a job as bookkeeper in an
antiques store [she'd been trained in bookkeeping in Lida], eventually
learning the business and running her own store. She was active in
Hadassah and a charter member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Another
in Lida, emigrated to the US in the 1930s. He served in World War II in
the US army, and was awarded a Purple Heart for wounding on Omaha Beach
during the D-Day invastion. His mother and nine siblings were murdered
in the Holocaust. He worked in a kosher butcher shop. The original link
has been taken offline.
- Laura Levy is looking for relatives of her Tzigelnitski /Cegelnicka /Sigel family from Lida and Voronovo by way of Smorgon & Minsk.
born in Lida and emigrated in the 1920s. He had a doctorate in
mathematics from Columbia University and was ordained as a rabbi from
the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. During World War II, he
was a mathematician at Aberdeen Proving Ground. He remained with the
Navy labs, becoming Director of the Applied Mathematics Lab. He
received the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award for his
pioneering work in computer applications.
The original link in "Nuclear News" is offline. There are 2 pdfs online
[links can't be pasted] that may be of interest. One is a 3-page
obituary in "IEEE Xplore". It's the first hit if you copy his name into
an online search engine. The other is a transcript of an interview with
him, focussing on his career, in the Smithsonian Archives. It's the
second hit in the search.
- Ralph Rose (abt 1918
- 2005), and his brother Sidney(abt
and philanthropists, Lida descendants, endowed a chair at Clark
University in Massachusetts: the Rose
Professorship in Holocaust Studies. The chair was to honor the memory
of their father, whose parents, two sisters, and twelve nieces
nephews were Holocaust victims. They also donated a sculpture by Steve
Linn, "I Heard the Voices", depicting their father's life. Further,
they donated a fund for graduate students; this made Clark the first
in the world to offer a Ph D program in Holocaust Studies [from an
obituary for Sidney Rose, from the Worcester MA Telegram, Dec. 13,
2010, accessed Jul 2015 -
http://www.telegram.com/article/20101213/OBIT/12130314 - I'm not
hyperlinking because this will probably go stale.] Deborah Dwork was
the first professor appointed to this chair, in 1996.
[soc.culture.jewish.holocaust, posted 1/16/1996, accessed 7/14/2015]
There was also a Boston Globe obituary with photo.
, accessed Jul 2015] Dates
for Ralph Rose from
accessed Jul 2015.
Stefan E. Warschawski
was born in Lida. His family moved to Koenigsberg during World War I
where he graduated Gymnasium and entered University to study
mathematics, moving to Goettingen after two years. When his advisor
moved to Basel, Warschawski did, too. On graduation, he was offered a
position at Goettingen, which he occupied from 1930 until Hitler came
to power. He was came to the US and obtained a position at Washington
University in St. Louis. After several moves, he settled at the
University of Minnesota, where he built the Mathematics
Department. In 1963 he moved to UC San Diego's La Jolla campus as
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