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Towns named Kosow #galicia


Alexander Sharon
 

Following announcement of the English translation of Kosow Poleski
(presently Kosava, Belarus), I'd like on this occasion to review the
situation with other towns named Kosow, including places in Galicia.

When one searches the JewishGen Gazetteer for towns named Kosow
(Kossow), a multitude of places with such names are popping up. Towns'
names are associated with the "kos", the common named blackbird
(Turdus merula) in Polish. This bird is tied up to many folk legends and
superstitions.

For example, it was believed in Poland that lightning does not strike a
house in which a blackbird resides. English superstition claims that when
a young girl will see a blackbird on Valentine's Day, she will marry a
pastor. An Irish proverb says: "There'll be white blackbirds before an
unwilling woman ties the knot".

Beside the Kosow Poleski, mentioned earlier, JewishGen recognized
another two other Jewish communities associated with name Kosow.

The largest one is the Jewish community of Kosow in Stanislawow
Province (now town Kosiv in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast') with 2,653
residents listed in 1921, and Kosow Lacki in Ostrow Mazowiecka and
Sokolow Podlaski, Poland vicinity (1,316 Jewish are souls listed in 1921
census).

Forgotten or at least not listed as the established Jewish community is
town Kossow in Czortkow district, of Tarnopol Province in Eastern
Galicia.

Town Kossow had Jewish population of 121 souls (out of total town
residents 2,446 or 5%) according to the 1900 Galicia census. The town's
Jewish population decreased following WWI to 81 souls (1921 Poland
census) out of 2,407 of total population number).

I'm wondering how many folks researching Kossow in the Czortkow
(Tarnopol) region have been automatically redirected to Kosow in
Stanislawow Province.

Town is listed in the JewishGen Gazetteer under name Kosov at
4906 2538, 9.5 miles distance NW >from Chortkiv (Czortkow).

Since we are already dealing with Czortkow research, there is another
town missing >from JGFF Jewish communities listings. Town name is
Nagorzanka (currently known as Naguzhanka at 4903 2547), located
within a couple of miles distance >from the established Jewish
communities of Wygnanka and Czortkow.

Nagorzanka had according to the 1900 Galicia census, 99 Jewish
residents, just short one person >from the magic number 100 (8.2 % of
the total number of residents). The number of Jewish residents was
reduced to 51 following WWI (Poland 1921 census).

Best

Alexander Sharon
JGFF editor


Bob Fitterman
 

Alexander Sharon's topic of towns named Kosow is evidenced by the
Polish version of Wikipedia. If you search for Kosow (with an accent
over the second "o" which this forum does not allow me to type), you
will find many relevant entries for eastern Europe. As I have limited
skills with Polish, I leveraged Google Translate to provide some of
these details. Note that in all cases the accent over the second "o"
of Kosow is missing in the results. The page is here
https://goo.gl/Jvw4hk

4 villages in Poland:
* Kosow - a village in the province Lodz, in the area Kutno, in the
commune Bedlno
* Kosow - a village in the province Lodz, in the area Piotrkow, in the
municipality of Moszczenica
* Kosow - a village in the province Mazowieckie, in the area Piaseczno
in Lesznowola
* Kosow - a village in the province Mazowieckie, in the area Radom, in
the village Kowala

Other:
Kosow (Kosow Huculski) - A town in Ukraine
Kosow - village in Ukraine (czortkowski region)
Kosow Poleski - a city in Belarus

See also:
Kosow Lacki - town in eastern Poland in Mazowieckief, in the district
of Sokolow, the seat of the urban-rural Kosow Lacki. Located on
Kosowka, a tributary of the Bug.
Kosow Ruski - village in Poland located in Mazowieckie, in the
district of Sokolow , in the municipality of Kosow Lacki.
Kosow-Hulidow - village in Poland located in Mazowieckie, in the
district of Sokolow, in the municipality of Kosow Lacki.

Bob Fitterman


Alexander Sharon
 

Bob,

Thank you for your contribution to the subject.
I believe that it was obvious that I made reference to the "Jewish"
Kosow, after all I'm posting on the Jewish discussion group and not on
geographical association forum.

There is no evidence that beside Kosow Lacki (Polish Kosow), town
already known as Jewish community there remain in modern Poland any
other "Jewish" Kosow. There is no evidence that four Polish villages
listed in your post

All "other "Kosow listed in your posting and currently located in
Belarus and Ukraine have been already covered in my previous post.
Actually, intention of post to make Genners aware about existence of
Kosow in Czortkow region, since this town with large Jewish population
prior to WWI was not accounted as Jewish community and researchers
could confuse this town with one in Stanislawow Province.

BTW, since you have been counting all Kosow through Wikipedia, you have
missed five (5) towns named Kosov in Czechia, and three (3) in Russia
proper.

There is also bunch of Kosov in Albania, Bulgaria and few ex Jugoslavia
countries.

Happy hunting

Alexander Sharon
Calgary, AB

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Bob Fitterman wrote:

Alexander Sharon's topic of towns named Kosow is evidenced by the Polish
version of Wikipedia. If you search for Kosow (with an accent over the
second "o" which this forum does not allow me to type), you will find
many relevant entries for eastern Europe. As I have limited skills with
Polish, I leveraged Google Translate to provide some of these details.
Note that in all cases the accent over the second "o" of Kosow is missing
in the results. The page is here https://goo.gl/Jvw4hk

4 villages in Poland:
* Kosow - a village in the province Lodz, in the area Kutno, in the
commune Bedlno
* Kosow - a village in the province Lodz, in the area Piotrkow, in the
municipality of Moszczenica
* Kosow - a village in the province Mazowieckie, in the area Piaseczno
in Lesznowola
* Kosow - a village in the province Mazowieckie, in the area Radom, in
the village Kowala

Other:
Kosow (Kosow Huculski) - A town in Ukraine Kosow - village in Ukraine
(czortkowski region) Kosow Poleski - a city in Belarus

See also:
Kosow Lacki - town in eastern Poland in Mazowieckief, in the district of
Sokolow, the seat of the urban-rural Kosow Lacki. Located on Kosowka, a
tributary of the Bug.
Kosow Ruski - village in Poland located in Mazowieckie, in the district
of Sokolow , in the municipality of Kosow Lacki.
Kosow-Hulidow - village in Poland located in Mazowieckie, in the district
of Sokolow, in the municipality of Kosow Lacki.