Moshe Blumensztok
Moshe Blumensztok

Moshe Blumensztok

Below is an excerpt of the Ostrowiec youth mentioned in the book ‘LeDerech Lecherut' (The Way to Freedom)  written by Joseph Zvi Halperin. [Page:27]

 The Ostrovtzer youth who reached our group were sent to us by the local committee people who feared for the refugees’ lives. They arrived in two groups: The first group, five girls and a boy, arrived in the second half of May; the second group, four girls and three boys, around a month afterwards. Some of these youths belonged to Zionist youth groups before the war, mainly to Betar; others came without any Zionist motivation, at times even against their will. (From among the thirteen Ostrovtzers who came to us in Kielce, only six settled in the Land; one girl who remained in Kielce was murdered there on July 4, 1946; six girls left us along the way and settled in America.)

Moshe Blumensztok

Moshe Blumensztok was the youngest of the group. At the outbreak of the war, he was nine years old and had only gone to school for three years. His father, a well-off merchant who was both observant and a Zionist, served in his town as the treasurer of the Hapoel Hamizrachi party.

He visited the Land of Israel in 1932 with the objective of settling there together with his family, but put off the date of his move due to the difficult economic situation that existed then in the Land.

In October 1942, after the transports to Treblinka had begun, Moshe’s father handed over his light-haired son to a Polish family of foresters. After the war, upon returning to his town, Moshe discovered that he was the only one of his family to survive. He eagerly joined the “kibbutz” in Kielce so as to emigrate to the Land. Upon our arrival in Italy, Moshe, who was under the age of sixteen, was sent to the children’s village in Salvino. He arrived in the Land eight months after us.

-For page listing all members of the group see this page.

DERECH LECHERUT BOOK

Cover of book in Hebrew: "The Way to Freedom"