5/1/21

From the Archive

 May 1, 1933


The Evening Courses Society in Sokołów on the occasion of the May 1 holiday organized a meeting for its members at 12 noon. Zelik Lon spoke about the importance of the workers' holiday and Berek Flejszer about the persecution of Jews in Germany by Hitler's government. Both speakers are from Sokołów. About 50 people present.


Poalej-Sjon-Right in Sokołów organized a meeting in the town hall. Speeches were delivered by Ejnoch Zając, Perec Granatsztejn and Icek Międzyrzecki - they all spoke about the importance of the workers' holiday for the working masses, about the persecution of Jews in Germany by the Nazis, about the situation in Palestine and its rebuilding, about the raging crisis in the world and about the difficult living conditions of the Jewish population which is spread all over the world in the number of about 16 million heads. About 250 people were present at the event.

4/11/21

Yom haShoah

 Yom haShoah in Israel, April 8. Commemoration of Sokolow Jewish community at the Holon cemetery.




3/2/21

A postcard

 It's a postcard sent from Sokolow in 1928 to the YIVO Institute in Vilnius. It's written in Yiddish but maybe anyone could let us know what it says?





2/15/21

Węgrów Memorial Book

 A few years ago local authorities in Węgrów said that Polish-Jewish relations were great and we have to translate Memorial Book to prove that. But then they didn't. So I decided to do it.

You can se the result here (it's in Polish, but you can read it with Google Translate and there is one short chapter translated into English).

https://wegrow.jewish.pl/ksiega-pamieci/ksiega-pamieci-wegrowa/

If you want to help and support this project you can do it here: https://pomagam.pl/wegrow




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.