Czenstochov (1958)

A New Supplement to the Book "Czenstochover Yidn"

This Yizkor Book was published as a supplement to the Yizkor Book “Czenstochover Yidn”, which was published in New York in 1947.

According to this Yizkor Book’s Editors:

As the “United Czenstochover Relief Committee”, we had originally intended to publish a booklet in honour of our Częstochowa landsmann Raphael Federman, [who is] well‐known by all, to mark the 50th anniversary of his communal activity for the benefit of the public and, especially, for our hometown of old ‐ Częstochowa. At first, we planned to issue a booklet, on a modest scale ….

However, the response on the part of landsleit and friends everywhere, both here and in whichever other countries our landsleit find themselves, was so favourable, that we were forced to change the entire plan …. Jewish writers presented themselves with articles and memoirs and … we were forced to abandon the original modest project and, instead, we decided to publish a book the same size as “Czenstochover Yidn”, entitled ”Czenstochov”. And, as the reader may perceive, this current book is of no lesser value in important historical treatises than the first book, “Czenstochover Yidn” …..

May this book “Czenstochov” constitute an Eternal Monument to all those near and dear and always remind us of our old hometown’s spiritual heritage.

[Webmaster: As far as we know, this is the first COMPLETE, PROFESSIONAL, English-language translation of this book. To the best of our knowledge, prior to this, only a handful of chapters seem to have ever been translated into English.]

This Yizkor book is 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 Częstochowa 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 numbers in brackets, after each article, correspond to the appropriate page numbers in the book.)

Introduction (I-IV)

Table of Contents (V-VI)

Foreword – by the Book Editors (VII-VIII)


Introduction (1-4)

L. Brenner: The Rise of Jewish Settlement in Częstochowa (1700-1939) (5-10)

Dr.Zvi Cohen: The Jewish Kehilla in Częstochowa – Its Composition and Activity (11-20)

Dr.Zvi Cohen: The Zionist Movement in Częstochowa – General  Zionists, Mizrachi, Revisionists (21-24)

Ch. Kiel: Ha’Shomer Ha’Tzair – a Page of Memories (25-26)

Dr.W.Gliksman: Częstochowa’s Streets – the Aleje (27-31)

Motl Berkowicz: A Jewish House in Częstochowa (32-36)

Introduction (37-38)

Dr.Benjamin Orenstein: Częstochowa Jews During the Nazi Era (39-46)

Zvi Rosenvein: The Hunger Strike in the Częstochowa Ghetto (47-49)

Zvi Rosenvein: The Arbeiterrat in Częstochowa (49-51)

Szlomo Waga: The Blood of the Annihilated Screams from the Ground (52-56)

J.Soski: The Mobilisation (56-57)

A.L.Bomba: My Escape From Treblinka (57-59)

Minutes of the First National Conference of Częstochowa Jews in Poland (60-61)

Dr.Benjamin Orenstein: The Częstochower Landsleute in the DP Camps in Germany (62-66)

Dr.Benjamin Orenstein: Częstochowa Folklore During the Nazi Period (66-67)

Dr.Phillip Friedman: Destruction and Resistance of the Częstochowa Jews During the Nazi Occupation (a Bibliographical Overview) (68-78)

Introduction (79-80)

Liber Brener: The Jewish Settlement in Częstochowa After WWII (1945-1956) (81-84)

Mojsze LedermanA Letter from Present-Day Częstochowa (1945-1954) (85-85)

Raphael Federman: The “Bund” in Częstochowa in the Years Following the Second World War (86-96)

Sz. L. SznajdermanThis is How Częstochowa Looks Now – Impressions From a Visit in Autumn 1957 (97-108)


Dr Zvi CohenJakub Frank in Częstochowa – an Historical Chapter (110-112)

Dr Zvi CohenThe Rabbi and Prodigy Reb Nachum Asz ztz’’l (112-115)

Dr Zvi Cohen: The Częstochower Rebbe, Reb Awigdor z’’l – a Portrait of a “Good Jew”, Who was Unlike All Others (115-118)


Dave Horowitz-Larochette


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