It is with deep emotion that I am writing these introductory worked to a
publication concerned with the Jewish cemetery in the Polish city in which I
I left this city in 1935 and returned for the first time only 58 years later. On another visit, in October 1995, I went to the Jewish cemetery in Tomaszow, took some pictures, refreshed some old memories, and was told that only a few days earlier, two Israelis, originally from Tomaszow, who had spent some weeks there, had left.
Only after Benjamin Yaari's visit in my home in Rehovot a few days ago, did I realize that it was he and his uncle Szlomo Birenstock, who had done the painstaking, deeply moving and so important work, which is before us in this book. My profound respect and congratulations to Benjamin Yaari for his initiative, his perseverance and this most successful result of his efforts. let it serve as a link between the past - the ancestors who have disappeared - and the future generations who may be interested to learn something about the origins of their families.
Professor Michael Sela
Weizman Institute of Science, Rehovot
First posted in October 2002