Here are several items I came across on the web giving some insight into the way the [future] Chabad Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson lived while he resided in Berlin and Paris. Understandably, this is only some small details, but their importance is that they are not history ‘reconstructed’ many years later, rather personal, first hand insights into the life of this very famous Rebbe. If you have any comments or idea’s, please feel free to contact me.

The Rebbe Didn’t Change
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While living in Berlin, Germany in 1928 the Chabad Lubavitch Rebbe made the acquaintance of a Jewish businessman named Yitzchok Meir Ferstenberg. Rabbi Chazkel Besser of Agudas Yisrael of America later heard these recollections from Yitzchok Meir

The Rebbe in Berlin, Germany
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Studying in Berlin, Germany in 1929 at the same time with the Lubavitcher Rebbe was Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveichik. Over the years, Rabbi Soloveitchik’s Talmidim heard vignettes of the relationship. Here’s a part of the interview with Rabbi Fabian Schoenfeld, Former President of the Rabbinical Council of America

Berlin Made No Impression on Rebbe
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Berlin, Germany 1928 – 1932
Rabbi Sholom Kovalski tells of taking Rabbi Joseph Ber Soloveitchik to visit the Rebbe in 1964. During the drive home, Rav Soloveitchik shared some personal recollections of the Rebbe, from their time together in Berlin


Many join the Rebbe for a regular Talmud class in a shul
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Paris, 1930s
Rabbi Avrohom Yehuda Jaloginsky was a young boy of about thirteen years when he lived in Paris in the 1930’s. His daughter, Rivkah Marelus, recalls some of his father’s fondest memories of the Rebbe there.

Rebbe recruits children to study Torah in Chader
The Rebbe recruited R’ Moshe Zev Reitzer to spend his free time from stuties in university to become a melamed for young children – the Rebbe recruited student for him, eventually creating an entire group.
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Paris, 1938
The Steinmetz family moved to Paris in 1938. Their oldest son, Efraim, was ten years old at the time and he remembers their visits to the Rebbe & Rebbetzin’s apartment in Paris

The Rebbe lived in a neighborhood in Paris, where in those days there were not Jews . . “Every day he would to to the ‘pletzel’ [very Jewish neighborhood], to a shul on Rue de Rosiers . . he shunted every honor”.
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Paris, 1930s
When visiting Paris, France, the Previous Rebbe stayed at the home of Reb Yankel and Baila Lax in the 1930’s. The Rebbe used to visit the Previous Rebbe there. Berel Lax, their twenty years old son, recalls some of his memories of the Previous Rebbe and his son-in-law, the Rebbe, there..

Write to the Rebbe – even though it seems like it’s impossible to send and receive telegrams and mail [due to the war]!
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Paris, 1930s
The Heber family moved to Paris in the 1930’s. Rabbi Asher Heber recalls some of his father’s memories of the Rebbe in Paris then.

Talmud Classes in Paris
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David Fakler “The Rebbe gave a daily shiur (torah class) in Gemara. Everyone, even very secular Jews were drawn to the ‘Lubavitcher’, as the Rebbe was known at the time. When they spoke of him, they would say: “oh, the Lubavitcher - a unique man. He is not like all the other rabbis, people are drawn to him.””

Rebbe's Entire Existence - Torah
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Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine - 1921
Yona Kese grew up in Dnepropetrovsk at the same time the Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson was there. He was a writer, who later became a member in the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset.