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Rabbi Chaim Michael Dov Weissmandl

January 9th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Nitra Rosh Hayeshivah
d. 6 Kislev, 1957
Rav Weissmandl who was better known as Reb Michael Ber was born in Debrecen, Hungary in 1903. In 1931 he entered the Nitra Yeshiva where he was considered a prize student of Rav Shmuel Dovid Unger, whose daughter he later married.
The Rav became known for his efforts to save the Jews of Slovakia from extermination at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust. Largely by bribing diplomats, the Rav was able to smuggle letters or telegrams to people he hoped would help save the Jews of Europe, alerting them to the progressive Nazi destruction of European Jewry. It is known that he managed to send letters to Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Pope Pius XII. He also unsuccessfully begged the Allies to bomb the rails leading to Auschwitz.
The Rav arrived in the United States a broken man having lost his wife, five children, and community. Although the Rav remarried and had five children, he never forgot his family and community in Europe and was unable to overcome his grief.
In November 1946, the Rav and his brother-in-law, Rav Sholom Moshe Unger, re-established the Nitra Yeshiva in Somerville, NJ, gathering surviving students from the original Nitra Yeshiva. A year later, with the help of Rav Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz, a large estate in Mount Kisco, NY was purchased and the Yeshiva relocated. On its new campus a self-sustaining agricultural community known as the “Yeshiva Farm Settlement” was established.
Beth Israel Cemetery
US Highway 1
Woodbridge, NJ 07095


Tags: Beth Israel Cemetery - Woodbridge, NJ · New Jersey · Rosh Yeshiva

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dovid Goldstien // Jan 12, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Very nice.

  • 2 Cheskel // Jan 13, 2009 at 12:48 am

    I think it would be appropriate to also post the backside of the Matsievah.

  • 3 Dovid Goldstien // Jan 13, 2009 at 2:51 am

    What does it say on the other side?

  • 4 Daniel Steinmetz // Feb 12, 2010 at 11:08 am

    His kever is in the plot of kahal adas yereim of Williamsburg (also known at the time as the viener shul). I believe it is right alongside the kever of yonasan steif in the front row. R. Steif, a former dayan of Budapest was rav of the Adas Yereim from after the war until his petirah (I believe in 1958).

  • 5 Aleksander Chossid // Feb 17, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    We need to add Nitra as a tag on this.

  • 6 Farshlufen // Dec 8, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    http://www.oxfordchabad.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1378317/jewish/A-Rabbi-from-the-Bodleian-Library-who-saved-Jews-from-the-Holocaust.htm

  • 7 MEIR meisels // Aug 3, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    where in the beis olam is this kever? is it easy to find?

  • 8 Kapooreh Hindel // Aug 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    When entering the cemetery from Woodbridge Commons Rd, you keep left to Montefiore Ave. He is buried in the front row.

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