Yitzchak Sarid

Yitzchak Sarid in Podkamien, Poland in the 1990's. Yitzchak is standing before the two rocks from which Podkamien takes its name.

Yitzchak Sarid was born in 1922 in Podkamien, Poland to Yehuda and Chaya-Rachel Kaphan. Yitzchak had three younger sisters.

The family’s house was divided in to two parts: one part for Yitzchak’s family and the other for Yitzchak’s uncle, Buzi, and his family. Since Yitzchak’s father worked as a grain trader, the house also functioned as a storage room for grain.

Yehuda was a well-respected merchant and the family was convinced that their connections as well as their money would be able to save them. When the family realized that they had to abandon their home, they gathered 30 of their relatives and moved from place to place, hiding anywhere from potato sacks and pig styes to the local monastery and a chapel in a Christian cemetery.

The family was exposed at each location and eventually ended up hiding in a dugout on a farm. Yitzchak became sick and the farmer took him in and cared for him in his home. One night the farmer woke Yitzchak up and told him he needed to flee due to an impending attack on the village. Yitzchak asked to rejoin his family before leaving. The farmer told him that the Ukrainians came that night and murdered his whole family. This was just three months before the end of the war. At that point, Yitzchak was determined to survive.

After the war ended, Yitzchak became the leader of a movement that aimed to help as many Jews as possible emigrate to what was then Palestine. It was there that Yitzchak met his wife, Yocheved Weismann, a survivor from the nearby town of Skalat, Poland. After a rough journey, the couple arrived in Palestine in 1946.

Yitzchak changed his last name from “Kaphan” to “Sarid,” the Hebrew word for “survivor.”

Yitzchak and Yocheved married and moved to Kibbutz Yavne. Yitzchak worked in crops and in the chicken hatchery. The couple have four children.

The Sarids have since returned to Podkamien three times. 30 family members including grandchildren and great-grandchildren attended their most recent journey in summer 2011.

Yitzchak passed away in March 2006.

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