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From Shedlitz to Safety

A Young Jew's Story of Survival

Rabbi Shimon Goldman

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240 Pages
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From an eyewitness I learned that all of my family were taken to the concentration camp in August 1942. We estimated that the probable date of their murder was the 12th of Elul. This is the date I have kept yahrtzeit for my entire family.

Over the years, I managed to make contact with a few cousins who had survived. One day in the 1960's a second cousin, Chana Biegeleisen, contacted me. She had heard that a Goldman from Shedlitz was alive and living in Brooklyn. When she came there with her husband, Berel, she looked in the Brooklyn telephone directory. Naturally, there were many Goldmans. Then she spotted the name Shimon and remembered that there were Shimons in her family. (I was named for my maternal grandfather). Of all the Goldmans in the directory, she tried my number first. We have been in contact ever since and they have attended all our simchas. Later, Chana's sister, Fella and her husband Moshe Bienstock, came to the United States as well. These two were the only family with whom I have had regular contact.

Some years ago, I discovered there were a few first cousins who had survived, Kalman Apelblatt and Yidel Herman. Yidel also had a sister, Sima, in Melbourne, Australia. Kalman had apparently been a schochet in Sweden. Both he and Yidel were then living in Israel. I made a special trip to Israel and we enjoyed a bittersweet but memorable family reunion.
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • Foreword
  • Poland
    1. The Shtibl
    2. Earliest Recollections
    3. Shedlitz
    4. My Family
    5. The Rebbe of Shedlitz
    6. The Rebbe of Biala
    7. Yeshiva Studies
    8. Stashov
    9. My Bar Mitzvah
    10. My Relatives in Warsaw
    11. The Piasechna Yeshiva
    12. I Join Tomchei Tmimim
    13. Kalushin
    14. Home Again
    15. A Fearful Festival
    16. My Great Escape
    17. On My Own
  • Lithuania
    1. Vilna
    2. New Faces, New Figures
    3. Tragedy and Loss
    4. Two Chassidic Giants
    5. Our Bond With the Rebbe
    6. We Leave Vilna
    7. Russia
    8. Completing Our Escape
  • Japan
    1. Adaptation and Change
    2. The Shabbos Debate
    3. Restless Days
  • China
    1. Jewish Life in China
    2. Behind Ghetto Walls
    3. Disgraced by Fellow Jews
    4. A World in Mourning
    5. A Memorable Gathering
    6. Close Friends
    7. Renewed Efforts
  • America
    1. Crossing the Ocean
    2. A Warm Welcome
    3. Reb Michoel Dworkin
    4. Yeshiva Life
    5. The Rashag
    6. With the Rebbe Again
    7. Brownsville
    8. The Revolution
    9. Buffalo
    10. Figures and Personalities
    11. The Gordon Brothers
    12. More Chassidic Personalities
    13. My Engagement
    14. My Years With the Rebbe Rayatz
    15. The Succession
    16. President Shazar and Lubavitch
    17. Celebrating A Milestone
  • Epilogue
  • There Must Be a Reason
  • From The Family Album
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