1/16/21

Fred Feldman's book

I am a Holocaust survivor born in Baku, Azerbaijan, an immigrant at seven years old to America from parents who grew up in Sokolow. I have just completed my memoir, "The Story Keeper, Weaving the Threads of Time and Memory." The book relates the adversities my parents and I experienced while struggling to survive during WW2 across vast expanses of Soviet territory, to the uncertainties in displaced persons camps, and to the challengers faced arriving in America in 1949. The memoir spins a story that sounds like a novel rather than the factual history that it is.



The threads of the stories woven build a bridge, linking the past to the present, spanning generations, and spanning time. The book connects those who chose early to leave to safety and new lives to those who stayed behind, to some who left in the maelstrom of events and survived by fleeing far to the east, and to some who never left but, tragically, stayed behind.


The threads of the misfortunes of war and separation, of fleeing, of running, and never knowing whether there would be survival or a brighter future, blend with the single thread of hope that weaves all their lives together and presents a tapestry and mirror that reflects the stories of many immigrant survivors and displaced peoples today.


The book is on Amazon scheduled for release on January 27th, International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The book has already received considerable praise.


Fred Feldman


Buy this book HERE.

12/29/20

Looking for Golda Ryba in Bat Yam

 Do you - by any chance - know Golda Ryba (nee Lenczner) who in the 1960s. lived in Bat Yam at 10 Trumpeldor Street? I will publish her testimony in Polish (and in English soon) but maybe there is a chance she still lives in Israel, or her childer, or grandchildren?


She was a 12 years old girl who survived liquidation of the ghetto in Sokolow. She was hiding in nearby villages - escaping not only the Germans but also Polish people who were trying to kill her.




12/17/20

Dror Movement in Sokolow

This picture was taken in the 1930s in Sokolow. It belongs to Moshe Carmeli.

This handsome man with a hat is Hersh Ciechanowiecki.

Dror was founded in Poland in 1915 out of a wing of the Tze'irei Tziyon (Zion Youth) study circle. It is a Jewish Socialist-Zionist cultural youth movement to educate and bring Jewish culture to its members. Members of Dror participated in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Mordechaj Tenenbaum and other Dror members organised two underground factions in the Bialystok Ghetto.



11/24/20

Jacob Yonkel Jeleń

Janet Yellen is an American economist who will become the US Secretary of the Treasury under the new President Joe Biden. 

Janet's father was Julius Yellen, and her grandfather was Jacob Yonkel Jeleń (Polish spelling of Yellen), who was born in 1876 in Sokołów Podlaski. The Jeleńs were bakers. At the end of the 19th century, they went to seek their happiness elsewhere - to England and the USA.

Janet Yellen, fot. Federalreserve - BKLM4457, Public Domain
Janet Yellen, fot. Federalreserve - BKLM4457, Public Domain



10/3/20

From the Archive

Sokołów, 1932.


"On November 26, the Association of Cultures League in Sokołów organized a lecture entitled "Husband and wife in the light of today's culture" delivered by Dow-Ber Małkin from Warsaw.


The main idea of the lecture was the social situation of women in the past and today. Old Jewish religious literature knows only one type of a woman as a seductress; only modern literature puts women on an equal level with men.


About 150 people attended the lecture."




10/2/20

A letter from Sokolow #2

A few days ago, I posted here a photo of a fragment of a letter written by Ch. (Chaim, as I called him) Łosicki and sent from Sokołów to Matla in Tel Aviv in 1935.

Today - thanks to Yosefa - we know more about the fate of this young man. His real name was Chaim Chanoch. His parents - Mendel and Golda. In 1936 he emigrated to Palestine, where he was a teacher. Has he met with Matla then? I do not know. But we know that, unfortunately, he died on January 22, 1937 (because of pneumonia or malaria). He was then 22 years old.

And only we know how beautiful letters he wrote!



Thank you Amir Earon for this picture.


9/29/20

A letter from Sokolow

 After I posted a short film about Sokołów, Rachel wrote to me. It turned out that she has letters written to her grandmother before the war. In 1935, Matla left Sokołów for Tel Aviv. In Sokołów, a young man - Chaim (probably Chaim, because we only know the first letter of his name Ch.) Łosicki - missed her.

When I read that in his letter (written in Polish) Chaim was quoting the greatest Polish poet, Adam Mickiewicz, I couldn't hold back my tears. "...How much you are precious, he will only find out who lost you...". Polish-Jewish intellectuals loved Polish culture, but this culture - as we know - rejected them.

I thought that maybe it is worth asking if you have old letters from Sokołów in your archives? Or to Sokołów? In Polish or in Yiddish. I will be grateful if you would like to share them with me. Or maybe you know what happenned to Chaim Łosicki? 

Thank you very much!