Reb Avraham Baruch Bursztyn, אברהם ברוך בורשטין, הי"ד (1865 - c.1942)

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Nicknames: "Avrom-Boruch", "אברהם ברוך בורשטין"
Place of Burial: unknown, Poland
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Ostrovw-Mazoviecka, Poland
Death: Died in Slonim or Baranovicze, Belarus
Cause of death: Murdered by the Nazis and their Polish-Belarus collaborators in the Holocaust during WWII
Occupation: Rabbinical Scholar
Managed by: Yigal Burstein / יגאל בורשטיין
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About Reb Avraham Baruch Bursztyn, אברהם ברוך בורשטין, הי"ד

Avraham Baruch (1865-1941) son or Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak, was one of 11 brothers and sisters. He began his studied in his hometown Ostrow-Mazowiecka, and then moved to more advanced studies in Warszawa. He was a favorite and valued student of Rabbi Haim Eliezer Wax (baal "Hanefesh Haya"). He married Chaya Ester Blum and moved to his wife's town of Rozhan where he endured pogroms (large-scale, targeted, and repeated anti-Jewish rioting), WWI, Russia-Poland war of 1920, and WWII.

In Rozhan he was a "talmid chacham" (rabbinical scholar). He turned down the proposal to serve as AB"D in Lomza, Poland, and refused any paid rabbinical appointment all his life, while his wife was the "bread provider" of the family - running a local pub/restaurant. The family lived on Warszavska Street in Rozhan. He served as Chair of "Hevra Kadisha" in Rozhan, and was a "Posek" and "Borer" for all Jews in the County. A member of the Alexander Rebe ultra orthodox but tolerant "shtibl". Contrary to many of his circle, he did not oppose the youth Zionist organization and supported his youngest son, Yerachmiel Meir, in his quest to emigrate to Eretz Israel in 1934.

Abraham-Baruch, his wife and all his children (except Yerahmiel, his youngest) and their spouses, and many of his grandchildren were murdered by the Nazis and their Polish-Belarus collaborators in 1941 in the town of Slonim, Belarus (then the Soviet Union) in the Holocaust during WWII.

It is believed that almost the whole family was murdered together with 9,000 of Slonim's Jews in a single Nazi operation on 14 November 1941 or in the second mass murder of 8,000 Jews of Slonim, in 1942. Another version identifies Baranovicze, Belarus as the site of the murder of the Bursztyn family, with other Jews from Rozhan and its neighborhood.

The only survivors were his youngest son Yerachmiel Bursztyn (who emigrated to Palestine in 1934 and raised his family there), and his daughter Nechama Topola who was exiled (in 1941 - in WWII) with her three daughters to Kazakhstan in the Soviet Union, where she passed away in 1944. Her two sons managed to leave the Soviet Union in 1941 to China and remained in Shanghai Ghetto under Japanese occupation during the war till 1945. Nechama's 5 children survived the Holocaust of WWII, in Russia and in China, emigrated to the USA in 1945 and settled in Brooklyn, NY.

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Yad Vashem Testimonial Page was filed, May 1, 2008 (YB)

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Reb Avraham Baruch Bursztyn / ר' אברהם ברוך בורשטין הי"ד's Timeline

1865
1865
Ostrovw-Mazoviecka, Poland
1887
1887
Age 22
Różan, Mazovia, Poland
1890
1890
Age 25
Różan, Mazovia, Poland
1893
1893
Age 28
Różan, Mazovia, Poland
1896
1896
Age 31
Rozhan, Poland
1899
1899
Age 34
Różan, Mazovia, Poland
1901
1901
Age 36
Różan, Mazovia, Poland
1903
1903
Age 38
Różan, Mazovia, Poland
1907
1907
Age 42
Różan, Mazovia, Poland
1910
April 10, 1910
Age 45
Różan, Mazovia, 1 Nissan, Tar'a א' ניסן תרע"א, Poland