Auction No. 100

Rare and special items

June 20, 2017
Opening $ 750
Estimate $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
Sold for $ 915
Including buyer's premium

Touching letter from Admor Moshe Kleinberg of Krakow, son of Admor Shem Kleinberg of Zaloshitz hy"d, regarding immigration certificates to Palestine for him and his friends so that they would be able to leave Poland. Displaced persons camp, Santa Maria al Bagno, Italy, [c. 1946].

Specifications: [1] leaf. 33x19 cm.

Unique features: Touching letter from chassidic yeshiva students, survivors of the horrific Nazi death camps who beg to immigrate to the Holy Land, "To serve Hashem with holy peace of mind and to taste the G-dly air."
The letter was written and signed by Rabbi Moshe and includes about another fifteen signatures of young men, including R' Ahron Noach Yoskovitz, grandson of the "Imrei Emet" of Gur. The other bachurim were from Lodz, Sosnowiec, Krakow, and Zadonsky - Walla Vadokla.
Includes a note that it would be impossible to record all the travails they underwent during the past five years [in concentration camps], "great suffering, agony of death," and that every minute that they remain in Poland poses a spiritual and physical danger.

Background: Admor Moshe Kleinberg was the son-in-law of Rabbi Pinchas-Shalom of Kosoni. He suffered the terrors of the Holocaust in Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz. After the war, he established his court in New York and Antwerp. He passed away in 1995 and was buried in Israel. He authored Birkat Moshe and published some of his father's Torah in Shem Shalom (Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, p. 314).
The Santa Maria al Bagno displaced persons camps was the largest such camp in Southern Italy. It was home to 2300 Jewish Holocaust survivors at its peak, in the beginning of 1946. It was operated by the UNRRA. The camp was used as a base to organize illegal immigration to Palestine. In April of 1946, thousands of Jews in the camp started a hunger strike to protest the British policies that prevented Jews from immigrating to Palestine. The refugee committee even sent a formal protest to the British authorities "regarding the prevention of the basic humanitarian right to allow each person the ability and merit to return to his home."

This letter is a historic document that records the powerful desire of the Holocaust survivors to immigrate to the Holy Land and rebuild their lives.

Condition: Fold marks, light tears along the lines of the fold. Fine condition.