Matys Gelman--nieznany przywódca nieznanego ruchu chasydzkiego w czasie Zagłady

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This article traces an unknown key βigure in Jewish youth movements during the Holocaust: Matti’s Gelman (Wiener), who acted as a leading Komendant (Orthodox youth leader) pri-or to the war and during the Holocaust. Based on a variety of sources, the article traces his youth years in Vienna, the way he became attached to the court of the Gurrer Rebbe’s, and his development as one of the most prominent Komendants between the two world wars. It also depicts his role in organizing clandestine groups that maintained Hasidic life during the Holocaust, his perceptions regarding Nazi Germany occupation and the inspiration he gave to many other young Orthodox during the war.
Original languagePolish
Pages (from-to)23-61
Number of pages39
JournalZagłada Żydów. Studia i Materiały
Issue number15
StatePublished - 2019


  • Matys Gelma
  • youth movements
  • religious life

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