Announcing the publication of the Yizkor Book of KALISH (KALISZ), Poland #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates #announcements
The Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project is proud to announce its 122nd title:
Memorial Book of Kalish (Kalisz), Poland.
The original book was published by the Israel-American Book Committee in Tel
Aviv in 1968.
Project Coordinator: Judy Wolkovitch
Cover Design: Rachel Kolokoff-Hopper
Layout and Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind
Hard Cover, 8.5" by 11", 444 pages with all original illustrations and
The book is available from JewishGen for $33
Kalish was the first city in Poland to have an established Jewish community
and its roots run deep. The Jews were inhabitants of that city as early as
1139 and the first synagogue was permitted by King Casimir III in 1358.
Over the centuries life was very turbulent. There were fires, epidemics,
wars and invasions but until the Second World War the community always
managed to rebound.
In the early days the Jews worked in the crafts and became tailors and
butchers and when the Church forbade its members to loan money for interest
the Jews became bankers and creditors. Between 1655 and 1660 the Swedes
invaded Poland and in 1706 the Swedes captured Kalish burning a large
portion of the city.
Between 1793 and 1806 Kalish was under the rule of Prussia. The Jewish
population numbered about 2100 and by 1857 the number grew to 4,300. Kalish
became known for its textile and lace industries and in 1908 thirty-two
factories were owned by Jews. Kalish had a very active rabbinical life and
the Hasidim of Gur and Kotsk established themselves there.
In 1939 the Judenrat (Jewish council) conducted a census and there were
about 18,000 Jews in Kalish. The Jews were moved to a Ghetto and by the end
of the year only 600 remained alive there. After the Second World War the
few survivors who returned were harassed and murdered by the Poles and
gradually all the Jews left mainly for Israel and the United States.
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
Consider this book as a gift for a family member or a friend.
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