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Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson

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An “inexhaustible fountain” Our home faced the street, with no gate, so whoever came to visit us was clearly visible from the street. Most of the visitors were bearded, making them particularly conspicuous. Often we would close the shutters to shield our ...
The Rav and the writer Today In 1949, when these memoirs were written. I read in the newspaper that the writer, Peretz Markish,Markish was a renowned Yiddish writer, born in 1896. In 1949, he was arrested by the Soviet authorities, together with other Jew...
Hamantaschen The festival of Purim arrived. We had a Megillat Esther Handwritten Scroll of Esther, read aloud on Purim evening and morning., which I had once included in a food package I had sent my husband. For Purim we were visited by two evacuees, a yo...
Our patience begins to run out The question of what we should do remained as intense as ever. It was impossible for us to discuss this with anyone. We heard unofficial rumors that the government had decided not to release deportees from their exile until ...
Our last bite of bread The severe weather, the food shortages and poor living conditions mentioned above contributed to the continued spread of the typhus epidemic; the results for those stricken with the illness were more often negative than positive. We...
Our close friend, Menachem Gansburg One of our loyal friends deserves to be singled out for particular mention. He was among those special individuals whose outstanding latent qualities were revealed during that period. Menachem Gansburg was an ordinary J...
The rabbi from Poltava My recovery continued, and I was able to walk around in our room and do some housework. The couple who had been our guests returned home. The weather became even colder, as if in spite. With people not having enough to eat, or even ...
Serious illnesses With winter, all the above conditions led to the spread of typhus and influenza epidemics (may the Merciful One spare us). My husband fell ill and lay in bed for fifteen days. After enduring many complications, he barely survived. Downlo...
The very stones were dancing Sukkot [5703 (1942)]: For a sukkah, we paid to build an ante-room to our room—ostensibly for the purpose of preventing cold winter air from blowing straight through our door. When our landlady demanded that we finish the room ...
A small Jewish community formsConcluding her chronological description of the first period of the deportation—from Winter, 1940, to Summer, 1941—Rebbetzin Chana now describes the subsequent years in a general manner, before her detailed description of the...
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