In 1941 the German army invades Russia. Sarah Kligler Laub and Abraham Laub, from Probużna Galicia (today part of the Ukraine), take in war orphans. Together with the children they travel east to the Ural region, hoping to find shelter and safety. Shortly after their departure the entire town of Probużna is destroyed.
The Laub’s children join other in a children’s home in Chelbinski province, in a village called Avelka. The home has 120 children, 44 of them Jews who are unaware of the religion. A collection of photographs from that period was kept in Sarah and Abraham’s home, some with the original Yiddish titles. Most of the pictures were taken by Abraham.
In this three piece article we will show the story of “Sarah’s children”. In this installment we will meet Abraham and Sarah, the members of the Hashomer Hazair youth group in their town, and Abraham and Sarah’s work at saving the children.
The homes of Probużna
The central synagogue and Jewish study center
Probużna’s Tuesday market
The funeral of Haim Neufeld, a local man killed in a pogrom on 1920
The original inscription: di keren kayemet komisie
Sfat Emet Hebrew school
Hashomer Hazair summer camp in Tarnopol province, Galicia in 1936
An invitation to the quarter century celebration of the Probużna chapter of Hashomer Hazair to be held Saturday, June 17, 1939
Sarah with a group of children in Avelka
Children’s activity in Avelka
Abraham with a group of children in Avelka
A group from the Avelka children’s home
In the next installment:
After the war Abraham and Sarah return to Poland with “their children” and search for the children’s relatives. After the pogrom in the Jews of the town of Kleczew in Poland, the Laub’s contact Aliyah volunteers and are smuggled into refugee camps in Czechoslovakia and Germany before arriving in Israel.