Today’s Yahrtzeit and History – 22 Elul


yahrtzeit-candlesRav Mordechai Dov Ber of Hornesteipel, grandson of the Mitteler Rebbe, author of Haemek Sheelah (1903).

Today in Histroy – 22 Elul

· First Jewish fighting force of modern times was established – the Jewish regiment with the Polish Revolutionary Army, 1794.
· In the bloodiest battle day in U.S. history, Union and Confederate forces fought in the Civil War Battle of Antietam at Sharpsburg, Maryland, 1862. It was the first major battle on Northern soil. Antietam resulted in nine times as many Americans killed or wounded (23,000 soldiers) as took place on June 6, 1944–D-day, the so-called “longest day” of World War II. More soldiers were killed and wounded at the Battle of Antietam than the deaths of all Americans in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, and Spanish-American War combined.
· Jews of Homel, Russia massacred, 1903.
· Germanyoccupied Cracow, 1939.
· 9000 Jews of Slonim, Russia murdered by the Nazis, 1941.
· Destruction of the town of Berditchev, when the Nazis shot 30,000 mean, women, and children, and dumped their bodies into open pits over two days (Elul 22-23)

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  1. re: ” 9000 Jews of Slonim, Russia, murdered by the Nazis, 1941″.

    It was on the 24th of Cheshvan, November 14, 1941, not 22nd of Elul. 9000 Jews were shot into 2 large pits. My grandparents were amongst them, HY”D. One of the victims, the shamesh of the town, Reb Avrahom Maishe Melamed HY”D, asked the Nazis Y”SH if he could say a prayer. He said a “Kel Moleh Rachamim” with his powerful voice (he was also a chazan) before he too was shot. Some Yidden were heard answering “Omen” from the pits, with there last breath. Teha Nishmosam Tzrura Btzror Hachaim.
    A Slonimer