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September 25, 1992 - Image 37

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-09-25

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O his family 49 years ago.
The rare and moving. story
was published by the Israeli
newspaper Yediot Achronot.
The silver artifacts must
have brought painfully mix-
ed memories to the
Klausenberger rebbe, who is
now bedridden and barely
speaks.
The objects had been
buried by the rebbe's son,
Chaim Zvi, who was slaugh-
tered, along with his mother,
10 brothers and sisters, by
the Nazis soon afterward.
Only the rabbi himself
survived the concentration
camps and eventually
remarried and had a new
family.
After the war, the
Klausenberger rebbe settled
in New York, and later in
Union City, N.J., where he
built up a new Chasidic
court and yeshiva.
He founded Kiryat Zanz,
near Netanya, in the early
1960s, one of the first such
all-Chasidic quarters to be
built in Israel, moving there
himself in his old age.

The silver treasure was
unearthed by chance, during
construction work in Cluj,
and turned over to local au-
thorities.
They decided to house it in
the town museum, where it
was recently rediscovered by
a Klausenberg Chasid, who
immediately identified the
pieces. The cutlery is in-
scribed with the names of
the rebbe's children; the
ritual objects are family
heirlooms which the rebbe
brought with him when he
moved from Poland to
Romania.
The rebbe is a scion of the
famous Chasidic dynasty of
Zanz, founded by Rabbi
Chaim Halberstam in the
19th century.
The Chasid who identified
the pieces quickly contacted
the rebbe's family in Israel,
who launched a delicate dip-
lomatic effort to recover its
property.
A Romanian-born member
of the Netanya City Council,
Miriam Ben-Elazar, who has
wide contacts with
Romanian political figures,
was asked to go to
Bucharest, and it was large-
ly through her efforts that
the trove was eventually
loaned out for a week.
It arrived in Israel, accom-
panied by Romanian offi-
cials.
The collection, 83 pieces in
all, will be on exhibit
throughout this week behind
bulletproof glass at the Galei
Zanz Hotel in Netanya, after
which it will be returned to
the Cluj Museum.

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