The Brisker Rav: The Life and Times of Maran Hagaon HaRav Yitzchok Ze'ev HaLevi Soloveichik : Including Stories of the Great City of Brisk from Its Establishment as a Torah Center Until Its Destruction During the Holocaust, Volume 1

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Feldheim Publishers, 2007 - Brest (Belarus)
Relates the biography of Rabbi Soloveitchik of Brisk (then in Poland), including the suffering of his community, his family, and other Jews under the Nazis and under the Soviets, whose threat to the souls of Jews, as part of their general militant atheism, was considered more serious than the Nazi threat to Jewish bodies. Ch. 9 (p. 351-391), "Surviving World War II", includes descriptions of efforts to carry on with Jewish religious life under German occupation in 1939. Soloveitchik fled to Warsaw and then to Vilna, under Soviet control. Ch. 10 (p. 392-476), "In Vilna, the 'Jerusalem of Lithuania'", depicts Jewish suffering under the alternating German and Soviet occupations, including a pogrom by Lithuanians. While Soloveitchik succeeded in fleeing from Soviet rule to Eretz Israel, his wife and three of his children remained in Brisk. Ch. 13 (p. 535-576), "The Fate of the Jews of Brisk", recounts the liquidation of the ghetto there, where Soloveitchik's dear ones apparently perished.
 

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Contents

The Birth of a Dynasty
1
32
18
In his Fathers House
31
The Early Years
77
Marriage
112
The Passing of a Tzaddik
140
The Rabbanus
174
At the Helm
233
Pillars of the Community
305
Surviving World War II
351
In Vilna the Jerusalem of Lithuania
392
On the Way to Eretz Yisrael
477
At the Gates of the Holy Land
506
The Fate of the Jews of Brisk
535
Brisk Today
577
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