NYC Honorary Street Names


Rabbi Weissmandl Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:50th Street
Location:Between 10th Avenue and 20th Avenue [2014/34 btw 14th & 15th Av]
Honoree: Rabbi Michael Ber Weissmandl (1903-1957) was born in Hungary and was later associated with the Yeshiva in Nitra, Slovakia. In 1942, during the Holocaust, he became co-head of an underground entity known as the Working Group, which attempted to stave off the deportation of Jews from Slovakia through negotiations and bribes paid to German and Slovak officials. Ultimately, they could not raise the money to meet the German demands, but their effort is credited with delaying the deportations of Jews from Slovakia by two years. In 1944, Rabbi Weissmandl escaped from a sealed train headed for Auschwitz but was unable to save his family. After the war, he immigrated to the U.S. where he reestablished the Nitra Yeshiva in New Jersey, Mount Kisco (NY) and Boro Park, Brooklyn. (Greenfield)

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