The Book of Częstochowa - Volumes 1 and 2

Sefer Czenstochow

According to Dr.hab.Magdalena Ruta of the Department of Jewish Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków:

In 1967-1968, a two-volume work was published in Jerusalem. In both Yiddish and Hebrew, it was entitled Sefer Czenstochow [The Book of Częstochow] and was edited by M. Szucman. Its contributors included such well-known names as Jakub Szacki (dec. 1956), Szlomo Waga and Dawid Koniecpoler.

The first volume contains articles about the history of the Jews in the city (by J. Szacki and Sz. Śpiwak), which were divided by topic: Jewish communal institutions in the 19th and 20th centuries, political movements, charitable institutions, commercial life, education and culture, religious life, as well as portraits of individuals associated with the religious life. Pages 637-760 contain the memoirs photographs of people associated with the city.

The second volume is devoted to the Holocaust and the functioning of the ghetto, e.g. religious life, the children, party organisations, etc. Other wartime topics include deportations to Treblinka, the mass murders, Polish-Jewish relations (e.g. the chapter entitled Mencsclecher tat fun a poilisher froi [The Humane Response of a Polish Woman] by Szmuel Niski), the resistance and uprising in HASAG, Jews in the city following liberation, portraits of Częstochowa Jewish activists in the diaspora, landsmannschaften in Israel, the USA, Canada, Argentina, Australia and Paris. The book contains the memoirs of individual people (pp. 285−325), including shorts texts about the co-authors of previous memorial books – E. Chrobołowski, Rafael Federman, Prof. Wolf Lesław and Josef Kojfman. A part of the book is devoted to neighbouring Jewish  communities in Krzepice, Żarki, Kłobuck, Lelów, Kamyk, Janów, Olsztyn, Mstów, Pajęczno and Koniecpol. The illustrated material includes pictures of the city, people and activities, copies of various documents, as well as maps.

There is no English translation of this book. [Webmaster: until NOW!]

Both complete volumes of this Yizkor book are currently being PROFESSIONALLY translated into English.

As the translation of the Yizkor book progresses, each completed chapter will be posted here – in PDF format.


The professional English translation of this two-volume Yizkor book has been made possible by the financial support of the

Wolf Rajcher z”l and Dora Rajcher z”l were both Holocaust survivors from Częstochowa.

They were prisoners in both the “Big Ghetto” and the “Small Ghetto” and, until liberation, were slave labourers in HASAG-Pelcery. Following the War, they emigrated to Melbourne Australia.

Upon the passing of both his parents, their son, Andrew Rajcher, established this charitable fund in their memory.


Click on SECTION HEADINGS to reveal chapters.                                                                                                                                                                      (Chapters are listed in the order in which they appear in the Yizkor Book.)


The Editorial Committee: Preface

The Book Committee: On the “Monograph” That Was Never Written (A “Foreword” of Sorts)

Dr. Yaakov Shatzky: The Jews in Częstochowa to World War I

S. Śpiewak: The Jews in Częstochowa (A Little History)

S. Śpiewak: A Little History Page on the Częstochowa Jewish Community in the 19th Century

V.H.: The Building of the Old Study-Hall (A Historical Chapter)

V.H.: Częstochowa Jews Fight for Their Rights

David Koniecpoler: Our Community and Its Institutions in the Last Generation Before Its Destruction

Ezriel Ben-Moshe: The Last Municipal Elections (Before WWII)

M. C. Tiberg: The “Chevra Kadisha”

Dr. W. Gliksman: The Czêstochowa Jewish Community in 1856

Cz. C.: The Rabbi of Częstochowa Makes Peace

A. G-B.: Our New Mikvah

Israel Buchman: My Memories of the 1935 City Council Elections

Dr. W. Gliksman: The Kehilla and Its Activities

Dawid Koniecpoler: From My Memories of the Zionist Organisation in Częstochowa

W.H.: Documents on the History of Zionism in Częstochowa

On the First Steps of the Zionist Movement in Our City (Excerpts From the Press)

Zionist Organisation Events in Our City (Collected from the “Ha’Tzfira” Newspaper in 1918)

Naftali Grabowski: A Bunch of Flowers
(In Commemoration of “Keren Hayesod” Public Figures in Częstochowa)

Sz. Oderberg: Zionist Youth in Częstochowa

Jakob Leslau: The History of “Ha’Mizrachi” in Częstochowa

Jakob Leslau: The “Tzeirei Ha’Mizrachi” Organisation in Częstochowa

Sz.Z.Shragai: A City and Mother in Israel! (Of Częstochowa that is no more)

Mojsze Chaim Tiberg: “Ha’Chalutz Ha’Mizrachi” in Częstochowa

Izaak Kac: On Religious Zionist Youth in Częstochowa

W.H.: Częstochowa at the Time of the Opening of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem

Ezriel Ben-Moshe: The Poalei-Zion (Right) Party in Częstochowa

Ezriel Ben-Moshe: The Zionist Labour Party “Hitachdut” in Częstochowa

Ezriel Ben-Moshe: The Revisionist Zionist Movement in Częstochowa

Ezriel Ben-Moshe: The State Party Movement

Z.K.: The Trumpeldor Youth Alliance (Betar) in Częstochowa

Chaim Landau: “Ha’Shomer Ha’Tzair” in Częstochowa

Juda Cymerman : The “Gordonia” Movement in Częstochowa

Noach Edelist : “Agudas Yisroel” in Częstochowa

Lipman Rajcher: The “Poalei Agudas Yisroel” Organisation

Lipman Rajcher: “Bnos Agudas Yisroel”

W.H.: Częstochowa at the Time of the Opening of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem

Rabbi Nachum Asz z”l: “For Out of Zion Shall Go Forth the Torah”

W.H.: Zionist News from the Past Year

W.H.: The Great 1925 “Keren Ha’Yesod” Fundraiser in Częstochowa

A “Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel” Forest in Memory of Marshall Józef Piłsudski

Abram Szymonowicz: “The Craftsmen’s Ha’Chalutz” in Częstochowa

Jakub Chuna Plai (Filik): The Formation of the National-Religious Movement in Częstochowa

W.H.: Częstochowa Farewells Its Pioneers (November 1924)

E. Ben-Moshe: The Horticultural Farm in Częstochowa

Abram Gotlib: The “Poalei Zion” Party in Częstochowa

Abram Brum: A Bundle of Memories About the Left “Poalei Zion” in Częstochowa

Mojsze Oderberg: Częstochowa Takes in Party Leaders

Mojsze Oderberg: Party-Discipline and My Experiences in My Young Years

Majer Fajnrajch: The Renaissance of the Jewish Worker in Częstochowa

Elkune Chrobołowski z’’lThe “S.S.” (Zionist Socialist Party) in Częstochowa

Abram Gotlib: The Jewish Labour Party “Bund

Adam Sztajnbrecher: Jews in the Communist Movement

Professor Ch. Z. Hirszberg: From a Notebook of Memoirs on the Expulsion at Zbąszyń

Dr Sz. Kaminski z’’l: A Kitchen for Jewish Soldiers in the Polish Army

W.H.: Charitable Institutions in Our City

W.H.: The “Dobroczynność” Philanthropic Society

Izrail Buchman: The Jewish Hospital’s Financial Crisis

Godl Frajtag: The “Tomchei Ani’im” [Supporters of the Poor] Society

W.H.: The “Beis Lechem” [House of Bread] Institution

W.H.: The “T.A.Z.” Society

W.H.: “Gmilus Chassodim” Funds

W.H.: The “Malbish Arumim” Society

Sz. Niski: The “Hachnoses Kallah” Society

W.H.: The “Linas Ha’Tzedek” Society

W.H.: The “Ezra” Women’s Society

E.Ben-Moshe: The “Hachnoses Orchim” Society

Jakób Lewit: Industry in Częstochowa – Its Creation and Development

W.H.: The Merchants and Manufacturers Union

W.H.: The Boycott Instigated Against Jewish Commerce

T.C.: Jews Conquer Zawodzie

W.H.: Banks in Częstochowa

A. Gotlib: The Craftsmen’s Union and Its Guilds

W. H.: The Retailers’ Union

W. H.: The Municipal Mortgage Bank (“The Credit Society”)

E. Ben-Moshe: The “Lira” Society of Music and Culture

W.H.: Libraries and Reading Rooms

Majer Horowicz: The Hebrew Gymnazijum [High School]

Lipman Rajcher: The “Beis Yaakov” School for Girls

W.H.: An Impressive Chanukah Evening at the Hebrew Gymnazijum

W.H.: Dr. Axer’s Gymnazijum

W.H.: A Celebration at the Zofja Wajnsztok School

A. Gotlib and M. Fajnrajch: The Crafts School

W.H.: Supplementary Courses at the Craftsmen’s Union’s Trade School

W.H.: The ORT Organisation

W.H.: The Judaic Institute

W.H.: I.L. Peretz Educational Institutions

W.H.: The Jewish Society for Knowledge of the Country

Szeftel Zak: Jewish Theatre

Fiszel Blumenkranc: A Few Words About the Drama Circle

E. Ben-Moshe: Our Jewish Press

Chaim Birnholc: Sport and Sportsmen

Jakób Chune Plai (Filik): Rabbis, Judges and Shamoshim

Jakób Chune Plai (Filik): Rabbinical Judges

W.H.: Shamoshim

W.H.: Synagogues, Study-Halls and Chassidic Shtieblech

Z.D. Koplowicz: Beis Ha’Talmud at the Study-Hall

W.H.: The Holy “Etz Chaim” Yeshivah at the Local Study-Hall

Moshe Ben-Dov: From the Memoirs of a Yeshivah Student

M.Ch.Badad: Częstochowa – a Source of Charity and Goodwill!

Noach Edelist: The Machzikei Hadas Cheder

Mojsze Chaim Tiberg: Cheders, Melamdim and Their Pupils

Ch.Z.Rozen: Reb Mordka Jechiel Grin hy’’d

Jakób Landsman: Reb Leizer Landsman hy’’d

W.H.: List of the Melamdim and Cheders

W.H.: The “Little Yom Kippur

M.Sz. Geshuri: In Memoriam of the Rebbe, Reb Pinches Menachem Eluzor Justman ztz’’l

Mojsze Dawid Wajcman: Reb Pinches Menachem Justman

Izaak Zander: Reb Chanoch Henech Gad Justman hy’’d – the Rebbe of Pilica

M.Sz.Geshuri: The Rebbe of Żarki – Reb Duwid Aron Twerski hy’’d

M.Sz.Geshuri: The Rebbe Reb Awigdor Szapira ztz’’l

M.Sz.Geshuri: Reb Szulim Rotenberg, the Rebbe of Wolbrom

Ch.Z.Rozen: The Shtiebel of the Aleksander Chassidim

Tzvi Józef Kaufman: The Shtiebel of the Otwock Chassidim

Z.D. Koplowicz: The Shtieblech of the Ger Chassidim

Icchok Majer Katz: From My Memories of the Gerer Shtiebel

Mojsze Chaim Tiberg: The Shtiebel of the Stryków Chassidim


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