Tag Archives: Interwar

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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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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The Hebrew Printing House

By Adv. Sh. Shibolet-Zang After World War I, when the Jews of Keidan began to return from their places of exile, two Torah students decided to set up a small print shop to serve needs of the community. They were … Continue reading

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The Library and Drama Club

By Haviva Rochin-Carmeli (Kfar Masaryk, Israel) I have locked inside me a few memories of a number of projects and classes within the cultural life of my town, Keidan. The first is the town library, from which most of the … Continue reading

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The Progymnasium in Keidan

By Dr. Mordechai Sochen (Minneapolis) The progymnasium [junior high school] was established in 1921. During its first year, about 40 students, aged approximately 13, enrolled. They all studied in one classroom. The teacher and first principal was Mr. Israel Magentza. … Continue reading

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Schools in Keidan

By Zippora Kaplan The Jewish community in Lithuania was generally poor before World War I, but it was rich in spiritual matters and in the love of Torah. The vast majority of the Jewish people in Lithuania lived financially oppressed … Continue reading

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Beitar in Keidan

By Gershon Shlapobersky It’s difficult to recall and write down events that took place 40 or more years ago. If only my friend, Yehuda Geben, may he rest in peace, who died in the prime of his life in Nahariya … Continue reading

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