Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Unsdorfer

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Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Unsdorfer

Hebrew: הרב שלמה זלמן Unsdorfer
Birthdate: (56)
Death: 1944 (56)
Immediate Family:

Son of Mordechai Aryeh Arie Unsdorfer and Chaya Sara Unsdorfer
Husband of Sheva Unsdorfer
Father of Yechezkel Julius Unsdorfer; שמואל אלכסנדר אונסדארפער; Simcha Bunem Unsdorfer; Ilonka Lea? Cohen (Unsdorfer); Golda Gips and 1 other
Brother of Paula Pearl Friedmann; Hillel Unsdorfer, אבדק''ק לאשאנץ; יחזקאל אונסדארפער; Frida Iritzer; Julia Julča Unsdorfer and 3 others

Occupation: ב' ר"ח חשון, Rabi in Bratislava
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About Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Unsdorfer


He was rabbi in Bratislava [https://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/books/a-tragedy-tainted-by-the-morose-and-trivial/170580.article]

Gershon Greenberg brings to light and analyzes the wartime writings and sermons of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Unsdorfer, one of the prominent ultra-Orthodox rabbis in Bratislava. Unsdorfer attempted to fit the events of the Holocaust into his theology, but found it difficult to maintain a consistent view of God’s role in history. He was able to offer the Jews of Bratislava only theological advice for ways to approach God in the crisis. The structure of his response to the Holocaust remained unchanged during the war. [http://www.yadvashem.org/about_HOLocaust/studies/studies_31.html]

In the United States, the concerned family of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Unsdorfer, a popular, dignified, and learned rabbi in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, immediately sent him and his family entry permits to America, but the rav refused to leave, explaining that it would be wrong to desert his synagogue and friends.35 The results? Rav Unsdorfer was later murdered with his wife in Auschwitz, and in March 1942, the majestic Rav Carlebach was murdered in a forest near Riga, Latvia, together with his wife (Charlotte) and three daughters (Ruth, Naomi, and Sara).36 Ten thousand Jews of his Hamburg community disappeared into the bowels of Auschwitz (Oswiecim) in southern Poland, and Theresienstadt (Terezin), Czechoslovakia. [http://www.hakirah.org/vol%209%20bobker.pdf]

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Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Unsdorfer's Timeline

May 10, 1919
Age 31
Bratislavský kraj, Slovakia
June 13, 1920
Age 32
Bratislava, Bratislava Region, Slovakia
Age 36
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Age 56