Rav Avraham Landau, the Strikover Rebbe of Bnei Brak (1917-2001). Born in Kinov, in the Ostrovtze region of Poland. His father, Rav Yaakov Yitzchak Dan, served as rav of the city. Avraham was raised by his grandfather, Rav Elimelech Menachem Mendel. At the age of 13, Avraham began to study in the Chachmei Lublin yeshiva. When the second World War broke out, he was at his parents’ home and he fled with his father to Lodz, from which the family fled to Warsaw, and from there, at the directive of his father, Avraham fled to Baranowitz. A week after his arrival in Baranowitz he fled to Vilna, during Chanukah 1939. There, he began to study under the Griz (Rav Velvel Soloveitchik) of Brisk. In 1946, he married a great-granddaughter of the Chiddushei Harim of Gur. After their marriage he learned that his father and eight of his siblings had perished in the Holocaust, and that only he and his sister remained alive from the entire Strikover dynasty.
Today in History – 16 Elul
· Hitler issued Directive no. 1, 1939 ordering the attack on Poland to begin at dawn the following day.
· Nazi decree forbidding non-Jews to work for Jews, 1940.
· Whole Jewish community of Meretsch, Lithuania, massacred by the Nazis, 1941.
· Illegal Jewish immigrants exiled to Mauritius by the British, were admitted into Eretz Yisrael, 1945.
· Death of Reb Simon Wiesenthal, famed Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter (1909-2005)