Rabbi Akiva Dov Schreiber-Sofer

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Rabbi Akiva Dov Schreiber

Hebrew: הרב עקיבא דוב שרייבער - סופר
Also Known As: "Akiba Baer"
Birthplace: Belno, Gostynin County, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland
Death: September 10, 1942 (64)
Oswiecim, Oświęcim County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland (Holocaust.)
Immediate Family:

Son of R' Yoel Schreiber-Sofer and Ewa/ Chawa/ Chava Schreiber-Sofer
Husband of Sarah Chaya Sofer Schreiber (Preiss)
Father of Rabbi Shimon Simcha Schreiber-Sofer; Miriam Taub (Schreiber); Yoel Joel Schreiber and Chava Eva Schreiber
Brother of Gusta Golda Rossbach; Chaya Ryfka Chaja Langrok Langrak; Gittel Parnas-Morgenstern; Yechiel Meir Schreiber-Sofer; Moshe Schreiber - Sofer and 12 others

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About Rabbi Akiva Dov Schreiber-Sofer

R' Akiva Dov was born to his father, the Chassid R' Yoel and Chava in the year 5640 According to his son, but according to governmental documents his birthdate is 20 Jul 1878 which is in year 5638.


The newborn was named after his two grandfathers R' Akiva Eiger and R' Dov Ber Sternberg (Father-in-law of his father's father).

His illustrious grandfather R' Shimon Sofer from Krakow graced the circumcision ceremony and was honored to be the sandak.

From a young age his father bequeathed to him the spiritual assets -Love of the Torah, of G-D, and of kindness. From a young age Akiva became familiar with Chassidic courts by joining his father's trips to the spiritual lanterns of the generation.

Akiva Dov spent his childhood in Kutna, Poland.


In his early teens, Akiva and his family went to live in Krakow (see his father's bio) because of the war, where he settled to learn Torah in the Sanz Kloiz-Shul, and later went to the Yeshiva of R' Yehuda Grunwald in Bonyhad and later to the Yeshiva of R' Moshe Grunwald the 'Arugas Habosem' in Chust, Hungary, Althrough these years he studied hard and strong, under the best and greatest.


When R' Akiva neared his twentieth birthday, his family desperately needed another source of income, for this purpose R' Akiva left the study halls, the corridors of learning and the walls of knowledge to lend his hand in the market, and so to help support his family marry of the children in a respectable manner.

R' Akiva started working in Budapest, not much time went by, when on the 17th of may 1910 he moved over to 'mini Krakow' -the city of Antwerp, Belgium, where the core of the jewish community were Galicians who worked in the diamond industry which supplied them with a good source of income. The customs of the city were like those of Krakow, hence the name 'mini Krakow' which is where R' Akiva arrived penniless, and was welcomed into the home of his cousin Wolf Kornitzer in 4 Kreefstraat.


For around a year and a half R' Akiva was suggested different matches, until in 5671 he married his wife Sara Chaya daughter on the Dayan in Wurtzburg Rabbi Yissachar Preiss-Prys, the wedding took place on 'lag Baomer' in Wurzburg.

A Short time after his wedding 30 Nov 11 R' Akiva with his wife returned to Antwerp, where he had his source of income -the Borsa.

True R' Akiva carried the Yoke of his Business, but that was considered by him to be only the means and was subordinate to the ends, which was his daily study before morning prayers, the after prayer few-hour sessions of study with his tallit and teffilin, and as his evening session, as soon as he finished work, instead of staying in the borsa to play chess etc...instead he rushed to sit with his precious study books, and to engross himself in its wisdom.

R' Akiva sat on the board of the 'yesodei hatorah' school while also visiting the school to test the children and to encourage them in their studies and wellbeing, R' Akiva also gave speeches and lectures to children and to teens in the 'Young aguda' program. As soon as the Aguda movement opened a branch in Antwerp R' Akiva became a cherished member in then main assembly.

R' Akiva, his wife chaya and child Yoel were murdered in the holocaust (Auschwitz). After coming to the port to flee the country in the beggining of the war, they realized that the ships had stopped sailing, and had no choice but to turn back -to their ultimate death.


1. R' Shimon Simcha

2. Chava wife of Yakov Yosef Schreiber.

3. Miriam wife of Dovid Taub.

4. Yoel murdered as a child in Auschwitz with his parents.

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Rabbi Akiva Dov Schreiber-Sofer's Timeline

July 20, 1878
Belno, Gostynin County, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland
February 9, 1912
Antwerpen, Vlaanderen, Belgium
August 10, 1916
Den Haag, Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
September 10, 1942
Age 64
Oswiecim, Oświęcim County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland
Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium