Their Legacies Remain…
"The people are no more – but their legacies remain…"
Ida Fink, “Ikvot,” Kol Hasiporim (All the Stories)
There, simple Jews are silent
Those that worked the soil, pressed the grapes
And prepared the cheeses
In the heat of the summer and the mud of the fall
Where are they now? What night stormJacob Fichman, Bait Mul Haraut (Heb.)
Carried their ashes and spread them
Across the cold and enraged foreign soil
Their blood will beat in the sand-filled fields
Most of the Jews of Bălţi were murdered: public figures, bankers, rabbis, teachers and their students, traders and craftsmen – men, women and children. Their stories are told through documents, testimonies, Pages of Testimony and photographs – testimony to the destruction of the community of Bălţi.
Each name, each family, represents an entire universe, filled with history and memories. Here are the stories of Yeshayahu Tumarkin and Lazar Lubarsky, Prisoners of Zion from Bălţi – and the story of a special song of that time that became famous across the Jewish world.
We see their faces, document their names and reveal their stories, and that is how we remember them.