Announcing the publication of the Yizkor Book of Wysokie-Mazowieckie #JewishGenUpdates #poland #yizkorbooks
The Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project is proud to announce its 126th title:
Wysokie-Mazowieckie; Memorial Book (Wysokie Mazowieckie, Poland).
This is the English translation of Wysokie-Mazowieckie; sefer zikaron
Original book was published in Tel Aviv, 1975
The earliest mentions of Jews residing in Wysokie Mazowieckie date back to
In 1765, the community in Wysokie Mazowieckie was described as an
independent kehilla with its own rabbi and gabbai.
Jews made a living as store keepers and artisans.
In the 1920s and the 1930s, there were many active Jewish organizations in
the town, including Poalei Zion, Tseirei Zion, Mizrachi, Tarbut, HaShomer
HaLeumi, HaNoar HaTsioni, Betar, “Maccabi” Sports Society and others.
Wysokie also boasted various charitable institutions: Hachnasat Kala,
Hachnasat Orchim, Bikur Cholim. A small hospital was established in the
Before World War II, 2,500 Jews lived in Wysokie Mazowieckie, constituting
50% of the total population.
The town was first occupied by the Germans on September 10, 1939. Following
the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the town was taken over by the Red Army on
September 27, 1939.
Breaking the pact, the town was occupied again by the Germans on June 24,
1941. A ghetto was established shortly after and local Jews as well as Jews
from the neighboring villages were forced to move there.
The process of liquidating the ghetto started on November 2, 1942 and
residents were transported to Treblinka and Auschwitz-Birkenau. The last
group of Jews was deported in mid-November to the temporary camp in Zambrów,
from where they were taken to Auschwitz in January 1943.
May this Yizkor Book serve as a memorial to all the victims of the Shoah
from Wysokie-Mazowieckie and the neighboring communities.
This Yizkor book contains many first-hand accounts and personal remembrances
of the survivors and immigrants from the town and serves as a fitting
memorial to this destroyed Jewish community and in addition bears witness to
For the researchers, this book contains a wealth of both genealogical and
cultural information that can provide a picture of the environment of our
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