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Yeshivas Mir: Hazricho beFaasei Kedem
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A new book describing the history of the last years of the Mir Yeshiva in Europe has recently been published. The book describes the Mir's rabbonim, roshei yeshiva and mashgichim. It spans the period of the yeshiva's exile during both the First and Second World Wars, when it wandered to Vilna and later to Kaidan and other Lithuanian cities.

The book describes the miraculous rescue of the yeshiva students and rabbonim along with other refugees in World War II as they fled Russia via Japan and settled in Shanghai. It pays tribute to those who played a role in saving this incomparable Torah institution. On its title page the book announces that it covers: The great flowering in the difficult years 5678 (1918)-5699 (1939); The nissim and niflo'os in the years of destruction 5700 (1940)- 5746 (1946); The shining from the East in the years following the destruction.

The four hundred pages of the book's first volume contain factual information and historical documents along with numerous photographs from all periods of the yeshiva's existence. Excerpts from the book have been previously cited in articles in Yated Ne'eman. Mishor Publishers of Bnei Brak published this fascinating work.

Previously unpublished first-person accounts are included, as well as extensive documentation and original letters. There is a complete list of the students of Mir in Shanghai, as well a list of talmidim in the mechina established in Shanghai and the 34 students of Yeshivas Chachmei Lublin and the 27 of Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim of Lubavitch. Many pictures from Europe and Shanghai, some familiar and some new, are included, and all the talmidim in the pictures are identified, where this was possible.

The publisher asks that whoever wishes to add to the book or to offer constructive criticism prior to the release of the next two volumes should address his comments to Rabbi A. Bernstein, 10 Admor of Belz Street, Bnei Brak, telephone: 03- 6193467.


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