web analytics
December 20, 2014 / 28 Kislev, 5775
 
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post
8000 meals Celebrate Eight Days of Chanukah – With 8,000 Free Meals Daily to Israel’s Poor

Join Meir Panim’s campaign to “light up” Chanukah for families in need.



Remembrance Day In Piotrkow

        This past week I had the honor of attending the Remembrance Day commemorations that took place in the Polish town of Piotrkow Trybunalski.

 

        Whenever Jews in Poland gather for a remembrance day, it always focuses on the Shoah and this day was no exception. There was the gathering at the Rakow Forest Memorial, located at the site of a mass murder, the visit to the mass graves of the victims in the cemetery and a visit to the old synagogue.

 

         But this year was different. Four generations of Piotrkow descendents gathered to celebrate the greatness of the ancient heritage of the city and rededicate the Ohalim of the three tzaddikim of Piotrkow, noted Chassidic Masters, Rabbi Meir Menachem Finkler of Radocza and Piotrkow (1862-1912); Rabbi Issacher Dov Ber HaCohen Turnheim of Wolborz (1803-1878); and Rabbi Menachem Moshe Weltfried of Rozprza (1841-1891).

 

 


Rabbi Chaim Turnheim and sons, with Mr. Robert Dessau, at the rededication of the Ohalim of the three tzaddikim of Piotrkow.

 

 

         Twelve years ago, Saul Dessau z ” l, along with his brother Robert, rebuilt the Ohel over the grave of his ancestor. Ambassador Naftali Lau-Lavie approached him and said that since he had done such a great job on the Ohel of his ancestor, perhaps he could fix the three other Ohalim located in the same cemetery. Ambassador Lavie explained who the tzaddikim were and that during the war he and a few other yeshiva students, at the behest of his father, then – Chief Rabbi of Piotrkow, buried the Torah Scrolls between the Ohalim hoping to retrieve them when it was safe to do so.

 

         Saul, Salek to his old friends, and his brother Robert decided, on the spot, to fund the project and started working to get the project done. Many alterations and additions were made, and a change in administration caused a long delay in the completion of the project. Though the construction itself was finished the dedication was postponed and, sadly, Saul Dessau passed away during the past winter before the dedication could take place.

 

 

 


Among the dignitaries in attendance, L-R: Mr. Robert Dessau; Chief Rabbi of Poland, Rabbi Michael Schudrich; and Israeli Ambassador to Poland, His Excellency, Mr. David Peleg.

 

 

        Saul was very proud of having had the privilege of working on the project. He became involved in the tiniest detail, from the basic design to the final wording on the plaques. No expense was spared to honor the rabbis of his birthplace and he would always be sure to include other members of the survivor group in all final decisions.

 

         In the end “The work on the Ohalim,” Rabbi Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland said, “should stand as a model for all other work being done in cemeteries of Poland.” So high was the standard and care given to the project.

 

         The rededication was in many ways a tribute to Saul, Salek, as much as it was to the three tzaddikim.

 

         Guests came from Israel, U.K., and the U.S. Rabbi Michael Schudrich came with a delegation from Warsaw, and Simcha Keller came from Lodz. Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau and his brother Naftali Lau-Lavie flew in from Israel that morning for the ceremony. The mayor, with other local dignitaries as well as the Polish news media, and many townspeople also joined the more than 100 Jews gathered to remember the Jewish history of this, once famous, town.

 

 


Rabbi Lau, speaking to the gathering of Piotrkow survivors and their families, at the Rakow Forest Memorial.

 

 

         Strikingly the descendents of Rabbi Issacher Dov-Ber HaCohen Turnheim of Wolborz came, especially from Jerusalem, to honor their great-grandfather of six generations ago. Rabbi Nesanel Chaim Turnheim, the current Admor of Wolbroz, told how 137 years ago, Rabbi Turnheim told his second son to leave Poland, move to the Land of Israel, and not to return. They relocated to the Meah Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem and were the only members of the extended family that survived the Shoah.

 

         Yisrael Zylberstein, leader of the Israeli contingent, emceed the proceedings. Ben Helfgut of London read a letter from Ben Giladi, editor of the Piotrkow Voice, leader of the Piotrkow survivor group in the U.S., who was unable to attend.

 

         Many in the group traveled around Poland to visit other important Jewish historical sites and on Shabbat they added their substantial numbers to the davening at the Nozyk Synagogue in Warsaw where they had a chance to meet and interact with the local community. In memory of his brother Saul Mr. Dessau treated everyone to a delicious Shabbat lunch prepared by the Jewish community.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Remembrance Day In Piotrkow”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
funny rocket joke
Israel Retaliates: Hits Terror Tunnel Cement Factory
Latest Sections Stories
Games-121914

Here are examples of games that need to be played by more than one person and an added bonus: they’re all Shabbos-friendly.

South-Florida-logo

The incident was completely unforeseeable. The only term to describe the set of circumstances surrounding it is “freak occurrence.”

South-Florida-logo

The first Chabad Center in Broward County, Chabad of South Broward, now runs nearly fifty programs and agencies. T

The NHS was also honored to have Bob Diener as keynote speaker.

Written with flowing language and engaging style, Attar weaves a spell that combines mystery, humor, adventure and Kabbalah in the most magical place in the world, the Old City of erusalem.

There are those who highlight the diversity of these different teachings, seeing each rebbe as teaching a separate path.

Rav Dynovisz will be speaking in Hebrew on Wednesday, January 7, at 7:30 p.m.

Rabbi Simeon Schreiber, senior chaplain at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, saw a small room in the hospital that was dark and dismal but could be used for Sabbath guests.

“The secret to a good donut is using quality ingredients and the ability to be patient and give them time to proof.”

I so desperately want to have a loving relationship with my stepsons.

The Liberty Bell is a symbol of American Independence.

Because you can’t have kids pouring huge jugs of oil into tiny glasses, unless you want to turn your house into an environmental disaster.

Try these with your kids; there’s something for every age group and once all the recipes are made, dinner will be ready!

You children will build the country and you will help restore Israel to her former glory.

More Articles from Shmuel Ben Eliezer
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Lauder receiving a special album from Rabbi Maciej Pawlak, director of the Lauder-Morasha school in Warsaw.

In 1989 he hosted a dinner for 157 young Jews with the late Rabbi Chaskel Besser and the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation in Poland was born.

Part of the reconstructed Gwozdziec Synagogue.

The Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews is designed to tell the whole thousand-year story of the Jews in Poland.

I REMEMBER WHEN I first started working at the Jewish Press 18 years ago, Arnie who was in charge of the newsroom, took me under his wing…

The official beginning of World War II was September 1, 1939. On that day German soldiers invaded Gdansk after bombarding the city with a military warship. As part of the Polish Government’s official series of events marking seven decades since the start of World War II, Poland’s Jewish community and the Jerusalem-based “Shavei Israel” organization held a special ceremony yesterday in the Gdansk synagogue to commemorate the outbreak of the war, which paved the way for the Holocaust.

The official beginning of World War II was September 1, 1939. On that day German soldiers invaded Gdansk after bombarding the city with a military warship. As part of the Polish Government’s official series of events marking seven decades since the start of World War II, Poland’s Jewish community and the Jerusalem-based “Shavei Israel” organization held a special ceremony yesterday in the Gdansk synagogue to commemorate the outbreak of the war, which paved the way for the Holocaust.

September 1, 1939 is the date on which Germany invaded Poland, starting WWII. While it should be said that the start of the war was not the start of the Shoah, which actually began with the rise of Nazism in 1933, it was a major milestone in the annals of the Holocaust. Within the first few days of the war, Germany had conquered and/or bombed much of Poland, including the capital, Warsaw.

September 1, 1939 is the date on which Germany invaded Poland, starting WWII. While it should be said that the start of the war was not the start of the Shoah, which actually began with the rise of Nazism in 1933, it was a major milestone in the annals of the Holocaust. Within the first few days of the war, Germany had conquered and/or bombed much of Poland, including the capital, Warsaw.

In September 1939 the Germans started establishing ghettos in the occupied territory of Poland. Ghettos played an important role in the Jewish extermination policy. They were filled with Polish and Western European Jewish deportees. The ghettos differed in times of existence, size, internal organization, and living conditions. The Germans called them ” death boxes” (Todeskiste). The city of Lodz belonged to the Wartheland District and the Germans changed its name into Litzmannstadt.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/remembrance-day-in-piotrkow/2007/08/29/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: