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76th anniversary of Szymon Huberband’s death

By Jewish Historical Institute

On August 18, 1942, Huberband and his second wife were taken to the Umschlagplatz, whence he was sent to the Treblinka extermination camp. Menachem Mendel Kohn remembered that only two hours earlier he had talked to him about his future texts for the Oneg Shabbat.

Szymon Huberband was born in 1909 in Chęciny. He was brought up in the house of his grandfather, a tzadik, leader of the local Hassidic community. Though deeply religious, he never turned away from the secular world, maintaining contacts with non-orthodox Jews, publishing historical papers, and pursuing social work. When the war broke out, Huberband was with his family in Piotrków. His wife Ryfka and little son Kalmish were killed when fleeing the air-raided town Sulejów.

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