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:: Noted citizens of Piotrkow

    ALEKSANDROVITCH, Fishel, built second Bet Hamidrash in Piotrkow in 1882.

    BARON, Jacob, editor of the weekly publication Undzer Tsaytung, from 1924; co-founder of a theater group in 1928.

    BELCHATOWSKI, Shlomo, published sole issue of the newspaper, Piotrkower Shtime, in 1914.

    BERLINER, Jacob, became a city councilor in 1934.

    BERNARD, Dr. Hayim David (1758-1858), physician, Tzadik, Chassidic leader; born in Dzialoszyce; follower of the seer of Lublin (Rabbi Jacob ha-Levi HOROWITZ); he may be the son of poet and physician, Issachar Falkensohn BEHR; descendants are survivors and brothers Saul and Robert DESSAU.

    BUDKOWSKI, Berl, only Jew to be accepted in the Piotrkow police force, in 1917.

    BRAUN, Marcus, member of a citizen's committee formed at the start of World War I.

    CEDERBAUM family: printers in Piotrkow. Click here to see a book published by Mordechai Cederbaum in 1912

    DEUTCH-GOLDSTEIN, Chaim, teacher in the late 18th century; assumed the position of Kehila secretary in 1811, following the death of Tovya NEWMAN

    DOKTOR, Laybl, physician in the late 18th century

    EIBESZYC (AIBESHITZ) family, philanthropists in Piotrkow, supporters of educational institutions.

    FAJTOWICZ, Mojzesz (1767-1837), moved to Lodz in 1800 and helped establish the Jewish community there.

    FEINKIND, Moshe, published the sole issue of the newspaper Piotrkower Shtime, in 1914.

    FRIEDLANDER, David, decorated the Piotrkow synagogue at the beginning of the 19th century with a huge mural of Jerusalem; the painting was destroyed during WWII.

    GREENSPAN, David, elder in the sheet metal Worker's Guild, established in 1927.

    HEILPERIN, Michael (1823-1888), left Piotrkow in the 1842 for the freedom struggles in Hungary (1848) and America (1858), where he died in 1888.

    HELFGOTT, Ben (b. 1929), survivor of the Piotrkow ghetto, founder of the '45 Aid Society for Holocaust Survivors'.

    HOROWICZ family; philanthropists in Piotrkow, supporters of educational institutions; one member was Pinchas HOROWICZ (HOROWITZ).

    HOROVITCH, Menachem, co-founder of a theater group in 1928.

    JOACHIMSON, Dr. ?, head of the Bikur Cholim from 1805.

    KAMINER, ?, member of a citizen's committee formed at the start of World War I.

    KATZIN, Moyshe, helped finance the construction of the Piotrkower Shul in 1791.

    KIMELMAN, Yechiel, led the Bundist self-defense in 1906; died in prison in 1907.

    KON, Mikolay (son-in-law of Max BRAUN), member of a citizen's committee formed at the start of World War I.

    LAU, Rabbi Yisrael Meir, Israel's chief rabbi; as a young child experienced the Holocaust in the Piotrkow ghetto, the Czestochowa work camp and the Buchenwald concentration camp, from which he was liberated; son of Rabbi Moshe Chaim LAU (last chief rabbi of Piotrkow), brother of Naftali LAU-LAVIE; see, I Believe ("Ani Maamin") Rabbi Lau's recollection of his life as a child in the Nazi hell, and "The Polish Connection" by Haim Shapiro

    LAU-LAVIE, Naftali, Holocaust survivor, distinguished journalist, diplomat and advisor to Moshe Dayan, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Shamir; Israeli ambassador to the U.S.; son of Rabbi Moshe Chaim LAU (last chief rabbi of Piotrkow), brother of Rabbi Yisrael Meir LAU.

    LEIPUNER, Dr. Abraham (d. 1926), physician.

    LENSHITSKY, Motel, co-founder of a theater group in 1928.

    LEVIT, Izak, co-founder of a treasury to aid young men in getting married.

    LEVY, Gustave, lawyer; established philanthropic organization Chevra Latzedakah ("Dobroczynnosc") in 1894, which aids both Jewish and non-Jewish poor families.

    LIFSHITZ (LIPSZYC) family; philanthropists in Piotrkow, supporters of educational institutions.

    LUBLINER, Dr. Michael, one of the Tseirey Agudat Israel in Piotrkow; father of Dr. Yakov.

    LUBLINER, Dr. Yakov (Kovi), well-known scientist, mathematician.

    MALTZ, I., city councilman during inter-war period.

    MEIRAND, Marcus, co-founder of a treasury to aid young men in getting married.

    MINDL, "Maskil" Shmuel Aba, from Riga; established a private Yiddish shul in 1888.

    NEIFELD, David, settled in Piotrkow and opened a bookstore in 1868; formerly publisher of the first Jewish weekly newspaper in Polish, Jutrzenka.

    PANSKY, Adolf, co-founder of a treasury to aid young men in getting married.

    PANSKY, Eliahu, established a print shop in 1899-1900.

    PINKUSEWICZ, Abraham Reuven ("Pinkus"), hospital administrator.

    RAPPOPORT, Shmelke (Shlomo), teacher in the late 18th century; Kehila intercessor and translator; wife, Hinda.

    REITBERGER, Gershon, co-founder of a treasury to aid young men in getting married.

    ROSE, Ernestine Louise (neé POTOWSKI) (1810-1892), born in Piotrkow, died in England; daughter of a rabbi; social activist and equal rights pioneer in the United States; founded the National Woman Suffrage Association with Susan B. Anthony.

    ROSENBLATT, Joseph Berish, editor of the weekly publication Undzer Tsaytung from 1924.

    SHERESHEWSKI (Szereszewski), Leon, appointed commissar over the Kehila in 1936, after it was dissolved amid political strife.

    SHERESHEWSKI (Szereszewski), Moshe, first official Zionist to settle in Piotrkow, in 1880.

    SHLOSSBERG, Menachem Mendl, builder of a large factory on the Bugai River in 1895, with his son-in-law Anatole FRUMKIN; employed many Jewish and non-Jewish workers.

    SZTERNFELD, Professor Arie (1905-1980), mathematician, wrote "Introduction to Cosmonautics" (on the theory of space flight); one of the leading scientists in the Soviet space program; born in Sieradz, lived in Moscow after 1933; family originated in Piotrkow.

    SZYDLOWSKI family, philanthropists in Piotrkow, supporters of educational institutions.

    ZILBERSHTEYN, Wilhelm, co-founder of a treasury to aid young men in getting married; chairman of the Kehila in 1933.

    ZYGELMAN, Sh. A., co-founder of a theater group in 1928.

    ZYGMUNT, Yoel, member of a citizen's committee formed at the start of World War I.