Category Archives: Interwar

Rabbi Avraham Halevy Sochen

By Dr. Mordechai Sochen (Minneapolis) My father, Rabbi Avraham Halevy Sochen (may he rest in peace) came to Keidan at the end of the last [19th] century, and married my mother (may she rest in peace), Feyge, daughter of Reb … Continue reading

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From the Ministry for Jewish Affairs

Letter from the Ministry for Jewish Affairs, Division of Communal Matters No : 193/64 Kovno 13 January 1922 Document No:43736 To: The Congregational Committee in Keidan We are currently carrying out specific statistical investigation of the Jewish soldiers in our army, … Continue reading

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My Birthplace, Keidan

By Shmuel Goldblatt (Kfar Giladi, Israel) My memories of the town of my birth, Keidan, begin at the end of the First World War, when the first refugees began returning to their town. Our family was among the refugees who … Continue reading

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Of Wood and Medicine

By Mordechai Muller (Moscow) An excerpt from a letter, written on November 28, 1965, to Yehuda Ronder, Kovno, by Mordechai Muller, a Moscow resident. The writer (the son of Alter the badkhn, or wedding-jester) ended up in Moscow after the … Continue reading

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My Vanished Keidan

By Pesach Weitzer-Chittin (Beit Zera, Israel) Writing down memories of the town where you were born and spent close to 40 years evokes strong longings and yearnings. It is many times more difficult to write about the town whose Jews, … Continue reading

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The Doctor and the Chief

By Pesach Weitzer-Chittin (Beit Zera, Israel) This event in the life of Keidan, about which I wish to write, I heard of from my father, of blessed memory, when I was a child. Later, in about 1923, I heard the … Continue reading

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1930s Status Report

By Ben-Alexander Written about 1937, and published in 1951 in “Lita” [Lithuania], pp. 1587-9[1].  The town now consists of some 9,000 souls, a third of them Jews. The economic situation of the Jews has become very hard. Commerce has completely … Continue reading

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Keidan in the Time of Troubles

By Shabtiel Deitsh (Haifa) Even though I wasn’t born, didn’t grow up and didn’t study in Keidan, it seems to me that I have the right to write about it, as well as a lot to say. Not only am … Continue reading

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Volunteer Firefighters in Keidan

By Chaim Landsberg The Volunteer Fire Brigade was one of the most popular institutions in town. From the mid-1930s, Tzadok Shlapobersky headed it, and his main deputies were adjutant T. Yaffe and head officer Shmuel Landsberg. The three of them … Continue reading

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Agriculture, Industry and Trade

By Israel Libenzon There were Jews in Keidan as early as the 15th century. Keidan attracted traders mainly owing to its big annual fair. From that time, the number of Jews increased from year to year, and the community began … Continue reading

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