"Burzenin" - Encyclopedia of Jewish
Communities in Poland, Volume I

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Translation of "Burzenin" chapter
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(pages 59-60)

(Sieradz District)

Translated by Morris Gradel

1.9.1939(?)ca. 180

Burzenin(B) was formerly a vassal town of the nobility. Its status declined over the years, and in the 19th and 20th centuries it ranked as an urban settlement. The Jewish population of B was small and poor. It engaged in petty trade and crafts. The Jews had a Beit Midrash and an ancient cemetery, where until 1812 all the dead in Sieradz were interred (it was only in that year that the Jews of Sieradz were permitted to consecrate a cemetery of their own). The Jews of B were part of the Sieradz Community, but they had their own rabbi. From 1850 on this post was occupied for many years by Avraham Bar Wolf Wotka (?Botka). At the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century the rabbi was Zvi Perlmutter from Pabianice. He was 18 at the time of his inception. After leaving B, he served as rabbi in Osięciny and Raciąz. In 1903 he was succeeded in B by R. Avraham Bar Moshe Yechiel Kolbe, a scion of the rabbinical Orbach family from Łęczyca. He was ordained by R. Yehoshua Trunk of Kutno. A few years later R. Kolbe left B to become the rabbi of Zagórów and Łowicz. His work "Hamechaded" introduced new aspects of the six orders of the Mishna. In 1914 R. Baruch Laznowski was appointed rabbi of B (afterwards minister in Ujazd and Pabianice). At the end of the First World War and the following years the rabbinate was occupied by an Alexander Chassid, R. Lewkowicz, who had formerly taught at the yeshiva in Gur. From B he moved to Zloczew. In the inter-war period the rabbi of B was Mordechai David Maroko.

In 1941 the German authorities deported the Jews of B to the nearby ghetto of Zduńska Wola.

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