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Yekusiel Yehuda Teitelbaum (II)

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Bundesarchiv B 285 Bild-04413, KZ Auschwitz, Einfahrt

Railway tracks leading into the Auschwitz concentration camp

Rabbi Yekusiel Yehuda (Zalmen Leib) Teitelbaum (1911-1944) was Chief Rabbi of Sighet, a town formerly in Hungary and currently in Romania, from 1936-1944.


Teitelbaum was the oldest son of Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Teitelbaum (Atzei Chaim - d. 1936) and brother of Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum, was born in Máramarossziget, Hungary in 1911. At the age of 14 he was a successor to a long chain of Uhel-Sziget Rebbe's.

In his first marriage, he was the son-in-law of his uncle Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum, his wife Ruchel died after 1-1/2 years of marriage and he remarried to Gitel Yehudis the daughter of his other uncle Rabbi Zusha Halberstam son of Rabbi Shalom Eliezer Halberstam of Ujfeherto (Ratzfert).

The Holocaust

In May 1944, he was sent along with the first of 4 transport of the Jewish Community in Máramarossziget to the Auschwitz concentration camp where he was murdered in the early morning hours of May 18th in the gas chambers, together with his wife and his two children Chaim Tzvi and Ruchel.

Further reading

In 2004 Yad Yekusiel was published by Joel Rubin about Teitelbaum's life, as well of some of the responsa that was left from him after the Holocaust.

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