"Andrzejów" - Encyclopedia of Jewish
Communities in Poland, Volume I
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Translation of "Andrzejów" chapter from
Pinkas Hakehillot Polin
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Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities, Poland, Volume I, pp. 58-59 published by Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
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(District of Łódź)
Translated by Corinne Appleton
The village Andrzejów was established in 1805. Over the years, Andrzejów
burgeoned into a suburban place of residence and holiday homes, on the
outskirts of the city (the village being close to Łódź). Among the 590
residents in 1821 were 99 Jews. During the period between the two world
wars this small community could boast its own rabbi. In the 20's, Rabbi
Moshe Aharon Tojerman served the community. On his death in 1927 Rabbi
Moshe Yehuda Kirszenbaum, editor of the journal "Dekel Harabanim", published
in Łódź, was elected to the post. Rabbi Kirszenbaum took the initiative
in organizing a social and cultural life for the community. He started
evening lessons for some 30 youths, and worked hard at establishing a branch
of Agudat Israel, which had not existed up to then. The Jews of Andrzejów
maintained a charity fund, and probably also supported other traditional
Information on the fate of these few Jews during World War 2 is lacking.
It is presumed that at the outbreak of the war they fled to larger communities,
or perhaps were ousted by the German authorities and resettled elsewhere
(possibly in the German General Government area).
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