Sunday, June 17, 2018

A document from Satmar, Romania after the Holocaust, confirming the death of Holocaust victims

I spent this morning doing an appraisal for a fine Rabbinic book collection, and between the pages of one of the volume, slipped out this one handwritten page.

Written shortly after the war, in the town of Satmar, this paper is a vivid reflection of the horrors awaiting the individuals and particularly the community leaders upon their return. Signed by 3 members of the Satmar Rabbinic Court, Rabbis Moshe Aryeh Freund, Shlomo Zalman Friedman and Yitzchak Lowe, they write how they received testimony from a Moshe Herkowitz regarding a certain Gittel Hershke. He testified, how he saw her and her 3 children sent to the left upon selection in Auschwitz, thus confirming her death and allowing her husband to remarry.

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