Rabbi Abraham Jakob Koppel Singer

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  • Foto aufgenommen in:
    Samorin
    Jahr:
    1942
    Ländername:
    Hungarian-occupied Slovakia, 1938-1945
    Name des Landes heute:
    Slovakia

This photo was taken in 1942, and shows my father, rabbi Abraham Jakob Koppel Singer.

The picture was taken by a Hungarian gendarme before the deportations in Samorin, in Hungarian Somorja.

That’s why my father looks so devastated and worried in it. It’s the last photo of him. He was killed in 1944 in a gas chamber at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Unfortunately, it’s the only photograph of my father that I have. I got it after the war, from the gendarme that took it.

My father's name was Jakub Singer, and was from a rabbinical family, which is why he himself later became a rabbi in Samorín.

His entire name was Abraham Jakob Koppel Singer, and his Jewish name was Abraham Jakov ben Jisrael. My father was one of four siblings.

He and his brother Chaim David were graduates of the world-renowned Talmudic school in Bratislava. The Sofer family also taught at this yeshivah.

The first one was Moshe Schreiber, known as Chatam Sofer [5].

Then, one after the other, his descendants taught there, it was always handed down from father to son, Ketab Sofer and Shevet Sofer. Shevet Sofer was also my father's teacher, and his son, Akiba Schreiber, was my father's classmate.

Before World War II, Akiba moved to the Palestine, where after the war he also moved the entire yeshivah. It's still active to this day, in the Mea Sherim quarter.

My father and David attended this school together with Akiba Scheriber. They were very good friends. Akiba later recommended my father for the position of rabbi in Samorin.

Interview details

Interviewte(r): Alexander Singer
Interviewt von:
Martin Flekenstein
Monat des Interviews:
December
Jahr des Interviews:
2006
Bratislava, Slowakei

HAUPTPERSON

Abraham Jakob Koppel Singer
Jüdischer Name:
Abraham Jakov ben Jisrael
Geburtsjahr:
1888
Geburtsort:
Bratislava
Geburtsland:
Austria-Hungary pre 1918
Todesjahr:
1944
Todesort:
Auschwitz
Sterbeort (Land):
Polen
Todesort:
Concentration camp
Beruf
Vor dem 2. Weltkrieg:
Rabbi

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