Help needed locating the town of Estricht #austria-czech #poland #general


I am searching for information about a town - Estricht, that appears on a document addressed to my grandmother

I have a document - Department of Commerce Bureau of Census dated 29 July, 1942, that was sent to my grandmother, Esther Leibowitz. (Nee Kanner) that lists information from the 1920 census.

This document lists as Place of Birth for Esta (Esther) Kanner as Estricht. 

According to other family members, we believe Esther Kanner was born in Lezajsk or Lezajok. My grandmother said she is from Poland, but some records list Austria.

I have not been able to locate this town - either what country it was in at the turn of the century, or the present location. I have tried various websites, such as the Jewish Gen Town Finder, but no luck.

Any information would be greatly appreciated!


Eric Shuel


Frank Szmulowicz

I do not know where it is but here is proof that there is a town like them in Galicia (the part of Poland under Austro-Hungarian occupation)
Born in Estrich, Austria (province of Galicia on 16 May 1887 to William Szewczyk and Margaret Schnell. Christina Szewczyk married Jacob Kielbasa and had 4 children. She passed away on 1963-04-19 in Caldwell, NJ.

Born in Estrich, Austria on 6 Aug 1864.
 Frank Joseph Ditchman married Anna Lee White and had 1 child. He passed away on 11 Feb 1951 in Houston, Harris, Texas, USA.



  1. A submission from Australia says the name Estrich means "Estrich is variant of the Yiddish word Ostreicher which refers to a person from Austria. It is an Ashkenazi Jewish surname that refers to either a person from Austria, or a person who had associations with that country. In German Osterreich means eastern kingdom, and Osterreicher means Austrian. Est is a simplified Yiddish form of the German word ost ( East ), and rich is a simplified version of the German word Reich ( kingdom or empire )" and is of Jewish origin.

Perhaps then Estrich simply means someone from AUSTRIA and AUSTRIAN.

Frank Szmulowicz

Sherri Bobish


Estricht may refer to Ustrzyki Dolne.  The Yiddish name of the town is Istryk.

Ustrzyki Dolne [Pol], Istrik [Yid], Ustriki Dolishni [Ukr], Istryk, Astrik, Estrik, Uschiki Dolne, Ustrik, Myasto Ustshiki Dol'ne, Ustshiki-Dol'ne, Ustriki-Dol'nyye, Nizhniye Ustriki, Nizhne-Ustriki

Region: Lwow

The other town you mention is probably Lezajsk, which is 141.5 km north off Ustrzyki Dolne:

Leżajsk [Pol], Lizhensk [Yid], Lizhansk, Lezansk, Lyzhansk, Lezhaysk, Lezhajsk

Region: Lwow

Good luck in your search,
Sherri Bobish

Searching: RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala / Ragola, Lith.)
WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne / Istryker, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.)
LEFFENFELD / LEFENFELD / FINK, KALTER (Daliowa/ Posada Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA / BERGER (Tarnobrzeg, Pol.)
SOKALSKY / SOLON / SOLAN / FINGER(MAN) (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / APPEL (Odessa?)