BOOKS IN ENGLISH THAT REFER
TO LIFE IN MIR
Zalman. Morning Stars. The Jewish Publication
Society of America Philadelphia 5727/1967. Translated from
the Hebrew original, Kochvei Boker (Tel Aviv: Am Oved Publishers
1950) by Sulamith Schwartz Nardi. Zalman Shazar,
president of Israel from 1963 to 1973, was born in Mir
in 1889. At age 3 his family moved to nearby Steibtz, after
a great fire in Mir. The first section of this autobiography
includes material on small town life in the Mir region
and the influence of Mir on nearby towns.
Lester Samuel. History of the Mirrer Yeshivah
(from its beginnings
till 1945). Elizabeth, NJ: Judaic Research
Institute, 2004. Its 143 pages cover the history of the Mir Yeshiva
from its foundations in 1815 by Samuel Tiktinski up to the end of WWII,
in Shanghai, 1945. (see
Maimon, Solomon. Solomon Maimon, An Autobiography. with an introduction by Michael Shapiro. Translated by J. Clark Murray. (U. of Illinois, 2003)
An abbreviated version of Solomon Maimon, An Autobiography, with early chapters describing his grandfather's estates near Mir and his childhood experiences can be found on the internet.
Ruchoma. All for the Boss: an affectionate
family chronicle of Yaakov Yosef Herman, a Torah pioneer
in America. Jerusalem; New York: Feldheim Publishers, 1984.
Includes a section of (recreated) letters that Ruchoma
wrote when she and her young husband had traveled from
America to live in Mir in the 1930s. He went to study at
the Mir Yeshiva.
Rabbi Theodore. Bar Mitzvah Sermons at Touro Synagogue (1989
The introduction recounts the author's years at the Mir
Yeshiva in the 1930's. (He came from Ireland). Rabbi
Lewis has permitted a section of his book to appear
on Mir web site. Go to: Remembrances of Mir Yeshiva
years in Mir
Tec, Nechama. In the lion's den: the
life of Oswald Rufeisen.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1990.
Describes the activities of Rufeisen in Mir, where
he pretended to be a displaced Christian of mixed
German-Polish parentage. He was a translator for
the German Army. He is credited with saving several
hundred Jews of Mir, aiding their escape and providing weapons so that
they could survive. (See N.Y. Times book review for more information.)
A summary of Rufeisen's activities during the war can be found on-line.
There was a detailed obituary of Oswald Rufeisen, later known as Brother
Daniel in the Jerusalem
Post on 3 September 1998.
Sutin, Jack and Rochelle (Schleiff). Jack and Rochelle : a Holocaust story of love and resistance. (Graywolf Press, 1995 hardback. Graywolf Press, 2008 paperback.)
Jack grew up in Mir, Rochell in nearby Stolpce.They tell their stories individually and together, with the help of their son Lawrence Sutin. They detail life in Mir and Stolpce before the war, escape, surviving World War II in the forests of Poland as resistance fighters against the Nazis, Polish collaborators, and antisemitic Russian partisans. They ultimately relocated to the U.S. and enjoyed a long, happy family life.
Y. Operation Torah Rescue : The escape
of the Mirrer Yeshiva from war-torn Poland to Shanghai,
China (Feldheim, NY, 1987)
Elchanan Yosef. The Shanghai Connection (NY,
1988) English adaptation of a Yiddish memoir about the
Mir Yeshiva (see below).
HEBREW BOOKS ABOUT MIR
Moshe Leib. Misped tamrurim.
Largely a biography (and genealogy) of Hayim
Leib Tiktinski, Rosh Yeshiva of Mir written
by his son-in-law. The Tiktinski family was
prominent in Mir in the 19th Century and
founded the famous Yeshiva.
S.K. editor. Jewish Institutions of Higher Learning
in Europe: Their Development and Destruction.
p. 87-133 (NY, 1956). This scholarly
work contains a chapter on the Mir Yeshiva.
Mir. Jerusalem : Entsiklopedyah shel
This is the Mir Yizkor Book, a history of the town
and its Jewish residents, a memorial to the people
and the town destroyed by the Nazis, a description
of the resistance of the Jews of Mir and a report on Jews from Mir
in other countries. A digital
copy of the book can be seen at the Dorot Jewish Division
at the New York Public Library. The English section of this book and
translations can be read on the JewishGen Yizkor Books web pages at: http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/mir/mir.html
The first chapter of the Mir Yizkor book, History of the Jews of Mir, has been translated and can be read on this web site.
Moshe. Mir : toldot yeshivat mir : moreha,
hayeha, talmideha ve-toratah /Mosheh Tsinovits. Tel Aviv
: hotsa'at "Mor", 741 . History of the
The Yizkor book for Turets, Belarus
Turets (Tuzhets, Turzec) was a town 7.7 miles northwest of Mir, with a Jewish
population of 737 (out of 1616) in 1897. There are many references to Mir. A
digital copy of this book can be seen at http://yizkor.nypl.org/index.php?id=2248.
There are 114 pages in English at the back of this 546 page book.
YIDDISH BOOK ABOUT MIR
Noach, (1878-?) Mayn lebn un mayne rayzes. Meksike
: [s.n.], 1947. 2 volumes. : ill., ports. ; 21 cm. Written
in Yiddish. The author describes his early life in Mir
, where his family lived and where he grew up.
Elchanan Yosef. Mirer yeshive in goles: ven
di velt hot gibrent. (Brooklyn, 1950)
FRENCH BOOK ABOUT MIR in 1930s
A Yiddish memoir of the Holocaust period. A
related or expanded version appeared in Hebrew: Nes ha-hatsalah
shel Yeshivat Mir, Jerusalem, 1975).
Gugenheim, Ernest. 2006. Lettres de Mir : d’un monde de Tora effacé par le Shoah [Letters from Mir: a world of the Torah erased by the Shoah]. Paris: Biblieurope. ISBN 2-84828-051-4
Letters of the talmudist Ernest Gungenheim, who was in the Mir Yeshiva from January to September 1938.
Review in English of Lettres de Mir
Translation of back cover
RUSSIAN BOOKS ABOUT MIR
Mir: The Story of the town, which told its residents
Мiр: гiсторыя мястэчка, што расказалi яго жыхары
by Irina Romanova, Irina Makhovskaya.
Vilnius: EHU, 2009. - 248.
The book "Mir: History of the town, which told its people" - is the story of settlement, presented through the eyes of its residents.
The uniqueness of Mir as the object of study identified several points. The first - is the presence of the beautiful Gothic castle of the XVI century., In which up to the under-course of Soviet power in 1939, lived in Prince Svyatopolk-Mirsky. Living close to the vice-com, princes gave the laity a sense of the uniqueness of their small homeland. Villagers are very proud of the place where they live and, as a rule, with zadavalnen-learn about his past. Another thing that has provided Mir vyado-suit Mir - Mirs Yeshivah, one of the most famous yeshivahs first half of the twentieth century. Where the number of citizens of the Russian Empire and then Poland (part of which was to place Mir) students from around the world : England, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, America, Canada, South Africa and others. (Google translation from Belarussian)
1985) by Gurin,
The book is from an Orthodox Communist perspective
and while it details the Nazi period it omits
anything specific about Jews being singled
out or locals collaborating. Not too useful for most
i Nadpisi (1913), The Russian document source
book, contains pre-1800 entries for Mir which are
very brief or only of historical interest. (Translation
may be available later.)
language Jewish Encyclopedia, published (1906-1913)
(Translated by Patrick Gordis for this web site.)