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Rabbi Hugo Stransky

Rabbi Hugo Stransky

Male 1905 - 1983  (77 years)

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  • Name Hugo Stransky 
    Prefix Rabbi 
    Born 4 May 1905  Prague, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography Studied at Yeshiva in Trnava. Rabbi in Nachod, Zilina, Melbourne(1947), Wellington(1952), New York(1955). Left Czech Republic to England as he was being harassed for being Jewish. Hella and the two kids subsequently joined him. Moritz Klein tried to convince Hella to stay in Strasbourg but, her sister Ruth, advised Hella to ignore their father's request. As such she went to England to join Hugo. Had she not done so, they would have been separated for the whole of WW2. During WW2 in England, Hugo did some work for the Czech Republic gov't in exile. The Stranskys moved to Israel in 1976. His archives are at Leo Baeck Institute in New York.

    Rabbi Dr. Hugo Stransky had served his people for nearly half a century, first in Czech Republic, then in London, New Zealand, Australia, and finally at Congregation Beth Hillel of Washington Heights in New York City. When he was about to retire, one of the last official functions he attended was the rededication of Torah Scroll No. 66, over two hundred years old, at Temple Israel of Staten Island, New York. Sharing the pulpit with the Temple's spiritual leader, Rabbi Milton Rosenfeld, Dr. Stransky looked more closely at the scroll. Tears came to his eyes. it was the the Sefer Torah he had used in his first congregation in Czech Republic, the synagogue of Nachod, from 1930 to 1936. "In what condition is it," he whispered to his colleague, his voice choked with emotion as he peered intently at the scroll before him. "Ah!," he observed, "a bit faded, but it can be read." And so, Rabbi Stransky's long career of service to his fellow Jews on three continents came to a close in America within sight of the Torah scroll he had held in his arms on his first Sabbath as a "rabbi, teacher, and preacher in Israel" in a Bohemian Jewish community that is no more.

    Rabbi Stransky looked down upon the congregation gathered in the sanctuary of Temple Israel to receive the old Torah scroll from Czech Republic. Like the scroll, some of the men and women seated before him were remnants of ancient, vibrant communities that had fallen to Nazi terror and oppression. Now both the people and the Torah scroll were in a new land where Jews were free to nurture the heritage of their fathers and to pass it on to their children.

    I attended the Czech Republic boarding school in Wales from roughly 1942 until the end of the war. It was a small school and we lived in relative isolation in a small rural community. As a result a close relationship developed between faculty and students. Since many of the students had lost their parents, and others were separated from them for prolonged periods of time, the faculty often became surrogate parents. I personally developed a great fondness for Rabbi Stransky and was happy to see him once again in New York.

    I recall one little story. After Sabbath services in the "shed" that served as a makeshift synagogue we could not leave the candles burning for fear of causing a fire, and apparently it violated some religious precept to extinguish them manually. Rabbi Stransky solved the problem by opening and shutting the door vigorously to create a draft that would extinguish the flame. "There," he would say,"you see that God extinguished the flame for us".
    Your uncle was also the Rabbi at the Czechoslovak State School in Wales.  I remember him well.  He also officiated at my Barmitzvah.  The last time I saw him was at a funeral of a friend in New Jersey.
    Hugo became religious and was sent to Cologne for a Jewish foundation. Then he went to the yeshiva in Trnava. Then he went to Berlin, Germany  [1, 2, 3
    Hebrew Birth 29 Nis 5665 
    Immigration 1939  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration 10 Sep 1947  Sydney, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 1939-1948  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration 1952  Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1948-1952  Melbourne, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration 1955  New York, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1952-1955  Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration 1976  Kfar Saba, Israel Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1955-1976  New York, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1976-1983  Kfar Saba, Israel Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Hebrew Death 17 Nis 5743 
    Occupation Rabbi 
    Residence Prague, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Nachod, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 31 Mar 1983  Kfar Saba, Israel Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Har Menuhot גוש כ”א חלקה “ב”
    Person ID I3928  Blank Family
    Last Modified 4 Sep 2014 

    Family Rachel (Hella) Klein,   b. 26 Feb 1912, Strasbourg, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 2006, Kfar Saba, Israel Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 1 Sep 1932  Strasbourg, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Family ID F1504  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 May 1905 - Prague, Czech Republic Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Sep 1932 - Strasbourg, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1939 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 10 Sep 1947 - Sydney, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1939-1948 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1952 - Wellington, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1948-1952 - Melbourne, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1955 - New York, NY, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1952-1955 - Wellington, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1976 - Kfar Saba, Israel Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1955-1976 - New York, NY, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1976-1983 - Kfar Saba, Israel Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Prague, Czech Republic Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Nachod, Czech Republic Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 31 Mar 1983 - Kfar Saba, Israel Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Stransky Hugo
    Stransky Hugo
    Pre WW2
    Pre WW2

    Documents
    The Czech Torah Network - A Holocaust Education Project
    The Czech Torah Network - A Holocaust Education Project

    Histories
    Stransky Hugo
    Stransky Hugo

    Holocaust Records
    The Czech Torah Network - A Holocaust Education Project
    The Czech Torah Network - A Holocaust Education Project

  • Sources 
    1. [S106] The Jews Of Czechoslovakia.

    2. [S107] E-mail message, from John Schaffa.

    3. [S313] Interview with, Rachel (Hella) Stransky.

    4. [S193] National Archives of Australia, Flight NC88948.


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