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of the Jewish Community of Schönlanke:
Peter Simonstein Cullman
six years of
meticulous research, a skill further honed since his first book,
History of the Jewish
Community of Schneidemühl: 1641 to the
(Avotaynu, 2006), Peter Simonstein Cullman in this 480-page
opus has gone beyond the standard set in the genre of contemporary
yizkor books (Holocaust memorial books). He has created a monograph
that encapsulates more than the 200-year history of the Jewish
community of Schönlanke (today Trzcianka, Poland).
narrative commences with an illustration of Jewish existence in German
lands in the age of Charlemagne, the birth of the Polish nation and the
impact of geopolitical upheavals on Jewish life, while extraordinary
heights of Jewish culture were reached in 16th century Poland. The
reader is led to witness the evolution of the community’s
religious life under Prussia’s pedantic rule in tandem with
the Jewish Enlightenment. A portrait of Jews in war and peace, an
introduction to the community’s social fibre and its
venerable rabbis is followed by an analysis of a history-making
religious conversion of one of this community’s members.
registers of the early 1800s may allow
for genealogical research by linking the ancestries of early families
to the near present.
book concludes with the chapter Lo tishkach (‘Do not
documentation of the lives and fates of the community’s
hundreds of victims and survivors of the Holocaust serves as a memoir
of a once flourishing Jewish community that ceased to exist in 1940.
7" x 10" 480 pp. hardcover $46.00
Contents PROLOGUE VIIPART ONE 1House of Ashkenaz 1Thousand Years of German-Polish Jewry 3PART TWO 13Trzcianka 13Evolution of a Town 15Kehila – 1736 19Rabbi Joel ben Meyer ben Joseph Asch 22PART THREE 33Friedrich II — Napoleon 331772 35Rabbi Moses Michel 45Duchy of Warsaw — Poland’s Lost Aspiration 50Jews in War and Peace 53Prussia's Largesse 57PART FOUR 67Deserting the Fold 67Doubt — Disavowal — Egress 69PART FIVE 87Who Became Who 87Rabbi Jehuda Löbel ben Shimshon Halevi Blaschke 981848 — Farsighted Exodus 104Rabbi Dr. Salomon Lippmann Wäldler 115PART SIX 121Wilhelmine Germany 121The Nineteen Hundreds 123Rabbi Dr. Moses Löb Bamberger 1261914 — Fall of Empires 130Rabbi Dr. Benjamin (Benno) Cohen 134Rabbi Dr. Elieser Berlinger 137Rabbi Dr. Curt Peritz 143PART SEVEN 147Might becomes Right 147Descent Into Despotism 149‘Who Shall Have Rest and Who Shall Go Wandering’ 154PART EIGHT 165‘If I Am Not for Myself, Who Will Be for Me?’ 167A Safe Haven Found 168The Illusive Safe Haven 177The Whispered Shelter 192Rabbi Dr. Gerson Eliyahu Yehudah Feinberg 196PART NINE 199The Kehila Falls Silent 199Truth No Longer Dispels Darkness 201Census Perfidy 204‘Aktion’ 207PART TEN 223Reckoning 223Collapse — 1943–1945 225Epilogue 231PART ELEVEN 233 לא תשכח 233Victims — Survivors 235APPENDIX I 349Partial List of Emigrants 350Census 1774 — Schönlanke 354Jewish population registers 1831/32— Schönlanke 357Family name adoptions in Schönlanke — 1836–1846 370Family Name Adoptions in Schönlanke (village) 375APPENDIX II 377Prelude to the Aktion 378Rabbis of the Kehila — 1731–1938 380Michael Salomon Alexander's ancestry and descendants 381History of Schönlanke’s Street Names Through 200 Years 385Elders of the Kehila 1785–1911 386APPENDIX III 389Jewish Registers — Schönlanke 1815–1840 390SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 423GLOSSARY 429ILLUSTRATIONS 439Some Former Jewish Citizens of Schönlanke 440The Town of Schönlanke 443Photo Credits 462INDEX 465
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