The map was originally drawn by hand by Yehosha Warshaw. A copy of the original map is presented here for achival purposes. Later the map was typeset and included in the 1972 Antopol Memorial book. That copy is much more legible. Click here to see the typeset map.
The map is oriented with east on the top. Coming
out from the bottom (west) is the road to Kobrin.
CLICK HERE FOR DRAWING OF ANTIPOL SHUL
The translation of the wording on the shul drawing is the following:
"The shul from our birthhome Antipolia. The shul was there in the time of the kings. In the year 1914, in the month of Elul 1915 had the Russian Army, for their desertion from Antipolia, burnt the shul. I have drawn the shul in the month of Elul, 1970. Yehosha Warshaw"
That of course is a literal translation -- a more grammatically-correct
english translation of the third sentence is "Between 1914 and Elul 1915,
the Russian Army burnt the Shul as they fled from Antipolia."
HOW THE DRAWINGS WERE ACQUIRED
The drawings of the Antipolia Shul and the Antipolia house map were supplied by Stanton Polin. Here in Stanton's words is the story of how he came to acquire these items:
"The map acquisition story is by itself exciting. Several years ago we were returning from a trip to Israel. After several hours in the air people started talking to their airplane neighbors. It turned out that the person sitting in front of me was a fellow from Chicago by the name of Zisook. He told me that the most exciting part of his Israel stay was when he visited the Antepolier shul in Tel Aviv. It was mincha time and the only people there were a bunch of old men. A very old man [in the shul] struck up a conversation with Zisook and asked what Zisook was doing here. Zisook mentioned that his family came from Antepole and his Chicago brother was even born there. The old man hugged him and said with tears of joy that he remembered the Zisook family as he did every family. The man said proudly that he was an unschooled common worker in his working days but he was recognized far and wide for a remarkable photographic memory. In fact he was so proud of his prodigious talent that he drew a town map and listed the residence of every Antepolier living there in whatever year it was. He also drew a map of the town shul.
"Zisook was enthralled by this man and befriended him.
At the time of parting he lovingly gave Zisook a 'treasure' to preserve
forever as a rememberance of their short but intense visit. Zisook
was rightfully very proud of an irreplaceable gift that spanned an ocean
and decades. I begged Zisook to please allow me to copy the 'art'.
That's how I got it."
MORE INFORMATION ON THE HISTORY OF THE SHUL DRAWING
AS TOLD BY JULIE MARCUS SILVER OF TORONTO
My name is Julie Marcus Silver. My mother and her family
(parents, siblings, cousins, etc.) all came from Antopol and settled in
Brooklyn. While we we were living in Brooklyn, Mr. Warshavsky asked my
grandfather Moshe Eliezer (people called him Mischa-lazer) Koschuk, to
draw the shul picture for the Antipol yizchor book. My grandfather was
a carpenter and a bricklayer who had worked on the shul (perhaps repairing
it, I'm not sure). This was years before the book was actually
published, perhaps as long as 10-15 years before (it took many years
to raise the money to publish the book, with many starts and stops). My
grandfather initially made the drawing in a much larger size and then wanted
to reduce it to scale. Reducing photocopiers did not exist then . However,
I was taking high school algebra and thought I knew everything and told
my grandfather that we could reduce it to scale using algebra equations.
He measured different lines on the drawing gave the measurements
to me and then I did simple proportions to reduce the measurements to 1/4"
scale. He then redrew the drawing using these figures. I was therefore
very familiar with this drawing. My grandfather gave the finished
drawing to Warshovsky. Unfortunately, when the book finally came out, my
grandfather's name was not mentioned on the drawing.