1943 1st Hebrew Print: 93 Beth Jacob Girls Of Cracow Suicide Holocaust Judaica
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1943 1st Hebrew Print: 93 Beth Jacob Girls Of Cracow Suicide Holocaust Judaica:
93 BETH JACOB GIRLS OF CRACOW
TEL AVIV 1943. Luria press
, 31  pp. softcovered
The story of the "93 Beth Jacob Girls of Cracow," is that in 1943,93 Beis Yaakov girls committed suicide rather than let the Nazi soldiers defile them. The incident depicting gevurah, purity and tzniyus came to be known - via a letter that was somehow smuggled out of the ghetto and mailed to Rabbi Meir Shenkolevsky, the secretary of the world Bais Yaakov movement and a member of the Central Committee of Agudas Israel in New York, from Chaya Feldman:
"I don't know when you will get this letter and if you still will remember me. When this letter arrives, I will no longer be alive. In a few hours, everything will be past. We are here in four rooms, 93 girls ages 14 to 22, all of us Bais Yaakov teachers. On July 27, Gestapo agents came, took us out of our apartment and threw us into a dark room. We only have water to drink. The younger girls are very frightened, but I comfort them that in a short while, we will be together with our mother Sara [Sara Shnirer, the founder of the Bais Yaakov Seminary]. Yesterday they took us out, washed us and took all our clothes. They left us only shirts and said that today, German soldiers will come to visit us. We all swore to ourselves that we will die together. The Germans don't know that the bath they gave us was the immersion before our deaths: we all prepared poison. When the soldiers come, we will drink the poison. We are all saying Viduy throughout the day. We are not afraid of anything. We only have one request from you: Say Kaddish for 93 bnos Yisroel! Soon we will be with our mother Sara. Signed, Chaya Feldman from Cracow."
This was reported in the New York Times on January 8, 1943 and published in Hebrew in Tel Aviv 1943.