Yiddish: Sanuk, Sonik
The Jewish community once constituted half of the population of Sanok and was dominated by Chasidim. One could find members of groups from Bobowa, Belz, Sadogora as well as ultra-Orthodox Chasidim from Nowy Sacz. The Safa Berura school which included classes in secular subjects opened in 1909. Aweekly newspaper "Folksfraynd" was published here between 1910 and 1914. The most famous of the Jews from Sanok were: Meir Szapiro, leader of Agudas Isroel and founder of the Lublin Academy of Sages (see page 164); Benzion Katz (1907-1968), Hebrew poet, graduate of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow and rector of the University of Tel Aviv, and Kalman Segal, amodern Polish writer, who died in Israel.
During the Holocaust many Poles in the Podkarpacie Region risked their lives to hide their Jewish neighbours. From among the hundreds of heroes we should spare a special thought for Stanislaw Pyrcak from near Sanok. In a cellar at his home he hid twenty Jews who had escaped from the camp at Zastawie. They all survived the war.
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The texts presented here were originally published in the guide Where the Tailor Was a Poet...
, by Adam Dylewski (Pascal).
At Rynek 10 (entry through the hallway, you can also go round the frontage onto the square from the right hand side) there is the Chasidic synagogue called Klaus Sadgora, meaning belonging to the Chasidim from Sadogora, followers of the tzaddik Izrael Friedmann. Today it is an archive storage and the interior has been completely re-designed.
The synagogue, photo: A.Olej&K. Kobus:
The cemetery, once one of two, is in ul. Kiczury. It contains fifty matzevot. All the others form the pavement in ul. Rejtana.
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