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From Kelme to Melbourne
by Shmuel Gorr
(Based on an interview with Rabbi Chaim Dov Ber Silver)

Rabbi Chaim Dov Ber Silver was a student at the Mir Yeshiva in the 1930s. (See photos of Rabbi Silver and other Mir Yeshiva students.) He, along with the other British yeshiva students, fled Mir for Lithuania. They stayed in Kovno and Kelme. The British government helped some of its citizens to escape from Eastern Europe. They went by train to Moscow via Riga, through Omsk, Tomsk, Krasnoiyarsk, Biro-Bidjan and Khaborovsk in Siberia and finally to the port of Vladivostok. They boarded a Chinese ship for Hong Kong. The story of Rabbi Silver's escape and resettlement in Austrailia is told in the pages below.

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Published in Yiddishkeit/Tishrei 5746-5747 (1986-1987)
This article has been donated to the Mir web site by Chaim Freedman

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