We Remember Bialystok, a Town and a Mother
Translated by Eli Lapid, courtesy of
the Bialystok Landsmanschaft ("Vaad") in Israel
Memory of the Burnt Ghetto We Built Here a Life Monument that Will Never End
Collected and Written by Ilana Ya'acobi, the Bureau Manager of the Municipality
Out of the
thousands of Jewish communities that were destroyed in the Europe during the
Holocaust, the Bialystok survivors are the only community that succeeded in
perpetuating their destroyed community with a beautiful and lively neighborhood
with cultural and educational institutes; a culture hall with commemoration
rooms filled with books, pictures, testimonials, documents and letters
regarding the communal life in the past and its history in the Holocaust; an
elderly club, a library, synagogue music center and an impressive monument for
the people who perished in the Holocaust.
The Hall of Bialystok, Yehud Israel
All of the
streets commemorate outstanding public personalities of virtue who were active
in Bialystok such as: Rabbi Mohaliver, Professor Sukenik, Alpert, Moshe Hassid
in addition to the heroes that rebelled and fought the Nazi oppressor such as:
Tenenbaum, Melamed, The Ghetto Warriors and more.
Bialystok of today is a neighborhood in which a 2nd and 3rd
generation to the Bialystok
survivors were raised; generations that are partners to the initiative of the
seniors, who continue the legacy of the glorious heritage of the Bialystok
only a few years after the Holocaust, the Yehud council complied with the
Organization of Bialystokers in the United
States and set aside land for the
establishment of a new neighborhood. This neighborhood is Kiriat Bialystok in
Yehud; a living testimony to a 60,000 people community that was almost
Jewish city of Bialystok lived Jews
who wished to preserve their heritage and to develop Jewish cultural life. Bialystok
produced artists, lawyers, writers, actors, archeologists, industrialists and
- A Hebrew gymnasium was built
there that was a Zionist educational institute, which struggled for its
existence and survived distinguishably under a hostile rule and during 20
years between two world wars; it acted as a creation home for Jewish youth
that streamed into the Land of Israel. The city also had many other Jewish
- It hosted an extensive
amount of activity for training Jewish youth for immigrating to Eretz Israel
through the Zionist movements.
- It developed Jewish
Industry and more...
privilege of the people of the City of Bialystok
is that throughout the city's history, they took a very active role in the
fulfillment of the Zionist idea and the establishment of the State of Israel.
survivors of that glorious community organized in 1949 and raised donations
from their Jewish brothers throughout the world in order to establish a new
neighborhood in the Land of Israel,
which will intercept the remainders of the few survivors and will serve as a
living monument for the community that was destroyed. After they received the
land in Yehud, they built 220 houses, which homed the survivors of the City of Bialystok
in Poland and
along with them they built cultural, educational and religious institutions.
Today, the Kiria (Kiriat Bialystok) holds 450 houses surrounded with
vegetation and well-groomed gardens.
1950's the Bialystok Organization established an industrial building
"Arlitex" (today's name) with the purpose of supplying employment to
the new residents that come to the Kiria. Later on, the Organization was
forced to sell the building due to operational problems.
establishment of the Organization of Former Jewish Residents of Bialystok and
its Surroundings in Israel,
it acts consistently and intensively in any way to commemorate the community
that was annihilated.
organization established 20 years ago a social club for senior citizens. Many
senior citizens come to this club and take part in many different cultural
the organization established over the remaining relics of the Jewish cemetery
in the Ghetto, a monument for the fallen in the Bialystok Ghetto uprising, who
were killed by the Nazis. This cemetery was allocated to the Bialystok Jews
when the Ghetto was built because it was not possible to bury the dead in the
Jewish cemetery that was left outside the walls of the Ghetto.
in the political situation in Eastern Europe opened an
opening to the creation of a connection between Kiriat Bialystok in Yehud and
the City of Bialystok in Poland.
In May 1994 a delegation from the City of Bialystok
including the Mayor of Bialystok and the governor of the Bialystok
district visited Yehud. The connection that was established and the visit
enabled to reconstruct and nurture several Jewish sites that were destroyed in Bialystok,
Poland during the war and
In 1995 it
was possible to build a grand monument in Bialystok,
Poland in memory of 2000
Jews that were imprisoned by the Nazis in the great synagogue on June 27th 1941 and were
burnt alive. This day will forever be remembered by those who survived the inferno.
These survivors tell that on the first day of the German soldiers' breaking
into the city, all of the men who could be caught in the streets or taken from
their homes, were gathered and brought to the great synagogue at the center of
the city and the Nazis burned the synagogue with all of the men inside.
The Memorial in Bialystok with the
only remain of the grand synagogue
The Hall of Bialystok
17 Tennenbaum St.
Telephone: : 00-972-3-5360037
The Organization of Former Jewish Residents of Bialystok and its Surroundings in Israel ("The Israeli Landsmanschaft "Vaad")
Jakob Kagan, Chairman, Telephone: 052-5243896 Email: email@example.com
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Last updated November 2nd, 2010, (originally posted
on October 8th, 2003)