610Re: [JewishKeidan] 70th Yortzayt for Keidan - Israel commemoration
- Sep 11, 2011
>Photos from the event may be seen here as well; click on the "Photos" link to the left and look for the folder labeled "Tel Aviv commemoration, Aug. >28 2011".
Can someone tell me where the "link to the left is"? I woud like to see the photos?
Yehudah ben Shlomo
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> Sent: Saturday, September 10, 2011 3:59 PM
> Subject: [JewishKeidan] 70th Yortzayt for Keidan - Israel commemoration
> From Arie Shcherbakov comes the following account of the Aug. 28 Keidan yortzayt
> commemoration in Tel Aviv. Photos from the event may be seen here as well; click
> on the "Photos" link to the left and look for the folder labeled
> "Tel Aviv commemoration, Aug. 28 2011".
> Thanks to all.
> On August 28, 2011 a number of Israeli descendants of the Keidan Jewish
> community gathered in the hall of the Association of the Lithuanian Jews in Tel
> Aviv to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the brutal massacre of their
> families. Unfortunately, none of those who were young at the time of the
> Holocaust was present - those few who are still with us are in their 90s and
> couldn't attend. Most of the 50+ participants belong to the 2nd generation
> of Keidaners, who made an effort to come to Tel Aviv from all parts of the
> country -– not only from Haifa and Jerusalem, but also from the kibbutzim like
> Beit Zera and Ramat Hashofet, Regba and Nachal Oz (Gaza border), some of the
> latter founded by their chalutzim parents from Keidan. Many of us haven't
> seen each other for years, some (especially those who came to Israel from behind
> the Iron Curtain at the beginning of 70s) had never met, so the encounter was
> very emotional for all the participants.
> A little exhibition of old photographs from Keidan, found in the archive of the
> Association of the Lithuanian Jews, was prepared – as a surprise and a tribute
> to our community - by Rachel Levin, a member of the Association's
> According to the tradition, the evening started with the lighting of six candles
> and the reading of the Psalms, El Male Rachamim and Kaddish by Mordechai
> Landsberg, son of Shmuel and Rivka Landsberg, and Arie (Lionya) Shcherbakov, son
> of Guta Kagan. This was followed by the playing of Beethoven's Sonata
> Pathetique, by the talented Israeli pianist Misha Zertsekel. The musid provided
> a proper break between the excitement of the encounters and reunification with
> memories of our families.
> Dr. Ran Hakim, from Ramat Hashofet, son of Zipora Rodni, who had visited
> Lithuania about two months ago, gave a very interesting presentation of
> Kedainiai as it looked in the 30s and as it looks today. His presentation
> included some old photographs of our people in their everyday lives, lives which
> were mercilessly cut off on August 28, 1941 at the mass grave. A number of
> heartbreaking photographs showed us the history of building a memorial at this
> field of murder by a handful of survivors shortly after the war.
> Sara Yakubovski from Haifa, daughter of Mina Ronder, read excerpts from the
> letters sent in 1946 by her uncle, Chaim Ronder, one of the only three survivors
> from the mass grave, to his sister in Israel. These letters, describing the
> horror and suffering of the last days of our people in Keidan, each time anew
> set us as witnesses to the tragedy as if it were occurring right now in front of
> our eyes. Sara also read a deeply moving poem -- "The Letter" (which
> didn't arrive) by an Israeli poet of Lithuanian origin, Y. Taharlev.
> Tamar Dothan from Jerusalem, daughter of Rachel Sruelov, read the last letter
> written by her grandfather (in Hebrew!) just a few months before the massacre.
> She also talked about the initiative by the manager of the Regional Museum in
> Kedainiai, Mr. R. Zirgulis, to set a memorial plaque with the names of our
> martyrs at the mass grave site. We supported the idea, though unfortunately we
> were informed about it just few days before our meeting. In spite of the fact
> that we were eager to help with identifying the names, we were told that the
> dedication, scheduled for September 23, couldn't be postponed. The deadline
> to submit the list of the names was set for September 9 (!), which made the
> mission of preparation of these names on such a short notice to be practically
> impossible. Still we've tried to do what we can in this unbelievably short
> time. Tamar volunteered for the task of collecting names, and everybody was
> invited to help her.
> The meeting ended, but we'll try our best not to let the memories of our
> lost families fade away.
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