For my friends from the Krynker Verein, which consists of Jewish descendants and friends of the town of Krynki in Poland, I have translated the previously untranslated Yizkor book "Krinik in Khurbn" from Yiddish into English on a voluntary basis.
Thank you, I`m happy!
I have provided it with the Yiddish transcription according to
international YIVO standard, plus many notes, hyperlinks, photos and pictures. A friend from Krynki,
Joanna Czaban, started a parallel translation into Polish, but could not finish her work for
personal reasons.The author, Abraham Soyfer (Sofer), describes in his work very touching and
stirring his beautiful time as a youth in the town of Krynki, which comes to an abrupt end with the
outbreak of the Second World War. Abraham joins, among others, a partisan group, but gets into
German captivity, which he survives only by a trick of a Jewish friend. This is followed by detailed
and emotionally very moving descriptions by the author of his terrible time in Auschwitz, where,
among other things, he joins groups of the resistance and is actively involved in the blowing up of
one of the crematoria. Abraham describes how he meets the last survivor Krynkis, his future wife, in
Auschwitz and saves her life. Before the final liberation, he is sent to the terrible concentration
camps Stutthof and Hailfingen-Tailfingen from where he has to start his "death march". The book ends
with a "YIZKOR" section, commemorating the individual innocent people bestially murdered in the
Shoa. I have also included in my work two chapters from the other, already translated Yizkor book of
Krynki, "Krynica Wies", and translated them again completely new: The description of the Krynki
massacre on the day before Passover in 1942 and a "list" with the names of the inhabitants of Krynki
before the outbreak of the war (with place of residence).In the mentioned, already translated
"Krynica Wies" some short fragments from the "Krinik in Khurbn" were included, but they differ not
insignificantly from the original book.I am very happy and thankful that the Polish painter, Prof.
Zdzislaw Nitka, who himself visited Krynki, allowed me to use his pictures. He would be pleased,
together with me, if the book "Krynki in Khurbn" would be uploaded on appropriate platforms not only
as a lasting memory of Jewish life in Krynki, but also as a testimony and memorial of the time of
the Shoa. May the events of the probably worst crime of mankind never be repeated!I’m living in
Berlin, Germany, and have been actively involved with the Yiddish language forabout 20 years. My
volunteer translation work has included handwritten letters and museum support. My translation of
the "Yizkor Book Ciechanowiec" can be viewed on JewishGen.
kind regards,Beate Schützmann-Krebs