Farewell letters, written as the Holocaust closed in, still await delivery in Tel Aviv
Just before hell engulfed Poland, a Tel Aviv family returning from a family trip brought back to a box of correspondence to deliver. More than 70 years later, some of the letters are still unopened.
By Ofer Aderet
A family trip from Tel Aviv to Poland in the summer of 1939 turned, for Hannah Tikotzky and her daughters, into a nightmarish escape from the Nazis. They brought back to Israel letters, including last farewells from Jews to their relatives in Palestine. More than 70 years later, some of these letters are still waiting to be delivered.
On 13 October 1940 the paper " Hatzofe " had an article / ad titled " Regards from the Russian occupation ." The article included a long list of names of the residents of Israel who received greetings from relatives in Poland , shortly before the Holocaust. Hannah Tikotzky, a resident of Tel Aviv , and her daughters, where back from a trip to Poland at the start of World War II , published this ad in the paper, and invited recipients to come to
Sheher home in Tel Aviv , to get the letters from Europe. These were , presumably, the last letters of many Jews who were murdered by the Nazis .
Who is on the list? Lbotinsky Esther , Ein Harod 14 - parents . Ginsburg , King George 79 , Laundry "Waiter " - parents . Snkovsky on . - Dad . Abraham Friedman , Melchett 47 - Rachel . Shoshanna Sokolsky , will incorruptible , Jerusalem - the parents. Glrstein Iser , St. Michael 3 . Rbkovsky Meyer , Atlit , Ein Hayam - parents . Kantorovich Mary, St. George Eliot 12 , - brother and sister . And more ... you will find the complete list at the end of this post.
Some of them reached their destination ? Hard to tell. Either way , as we published recently in Haaretz , " quite possibly the dwelling where Tikotzky 's daughter , 80 -year-old from Tel Aviv, still waiting for some of the letters . Publication of the article in Haaretz " , as expected, made waves . Phones , emails and faxes immigrants from Poland who wanted to find out if a letter waiting for them too or two flooded the system. Meanwhile , the daughter of Tikotzky not opened the box - so there is no way of knowing who else is waiting there letter .