1) This is a photo of the
grave of the "ancient" Rabbi Elchanan Zvi Hacohen.
This was in the cemetery in the Southern part of town, and it
was the oldest of two Jewish
in Zabludow. This cemetery no longer exists. It was distroyed
by the Nazis. Many of it's Matzevah's were used by the Germans
to pave roads (possibly the Bialystok to Moscow road). There
is a remnant of the newer Jewish Cemetery located in the Southwestern
edge of town by the road to Solniki. I have recent photos of this
2) This is Rabbi Abraham Akiva
Zabludow and his wife Rina Subotnik. He was Rabbi in Zabludow
from 1904-1924. During World War I Rabbi Subotnik saved Zabludow
from a Cossak unit of the Russian Imperial Army which was qutie
determined to burn the town to the ground. He did so by offering
the soldiers money if they would refrain from their incendiary
3) This is the interior
of the Bilsk
Street Beit Ha Midrash (prayer house). The Bilsk street
Beit Ha Midrash and the nearby Rabbi's house survived the war.
According to the Zabludow Yizkor Book when the Germans entered
the town they burned much of it. Most of the Jew's gathered at
the Beit Midrash and Rabbi's house. Here is an account from Zabludow
survivor testimony, "In Zabludow we didn't have a roof
over our heads anymore, whoever could save anything brought it
to the Christians, in all Zabludow there were left only a few
houses in Bilsk Street:, the Rabbi's house and the Beit Ha Midrash.
A large amount of Jews gathered there and laid there close together.
The Germans forced their way into Rabbi Mirsky's house, may he rest in peace, they dragged him
to the street and started beating him. . . a few Christians tried
to help, and with a lot of effort they were able to release him". Rabbi Mirsky and his famiy later died in Auschwitz.
4) This is a photograph
of staff of the Zabludover Yiddish Library, "I.L. Peretz".
First row top right, Chaim Schlesser, the teacher Bram, Gutke
Waniewski, Moti Scheps (died in Chile), and Abraham Rofe. Second
row from the right, Meir Tenzer, Eliyahu Gelerstein, Itche Malchuk,
and Leibl Bernstein. Third row from the right, Josef Feirstein
(died in israel), Archik Introligator, and the famous teacher
and poet Schmuel Chesler (died in Buenos Aires).
5) This is the Portal from
the book "Ner Tamid" written by the Zabludover Rabbi
Baruch Bendet, printed in 1803.
6) This is a photo taken
in 1927 of a group of Zabludow men who organized to create a
cooperative bank to aid Zabludow's Jews. The photo was taken
on the occasion of the visit to Zabludow by Moshe Perelgut and
his young son from Chicago. Eber Perelgut in Chicago, Mina Bar-On
and Eli Chesler in Israel all helped to identify the people in
From left to right,
Aire Rogovich, Faivel (ritual slaughterer-Shoichet), Yedidia
(also a Shoichet), Ahron Hersh Chesler ("almost physician"),
and an individual who was very well known and useful in the Zabludow
community, Rabbi Mirski, Yaakov Chesler, the owner of the oil
factory. Nachum Wagman, a big wood merchant, Mr. Lifschitz (grandfather
of Michael Lifshitz, and major contributor to the Zabludow Yizkor
From right to left standing: Moshe Perelgut and his little
son. Chone Hershel Chesler, Fishel Chorovski, Leishke. . . (iron
merchant). Leibl Resnick. Mr. Lipshitz (father of Michael). Israel
Katz and Noah Feder.
From left to right standing: Yoel . . . (Der Starker- "The
Strong") Moshe Baruch Chesler, Michael Lifschitz. Abe. .
. Eli Halperin, Alter Gniechuski. Velvel Perelgut and Gerschon
(the Schames)- caretaker of the synagogue.
7) This photo is of young
Zionist activists in Zabludow. The Hebrew caption says, "Kibbutz
Yavniel, Zabludow", I don't know what year it was taken,
but it looks to be the middle to late 1930's. None of those in
the photo are identified yet.