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

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Translation of "Ślesin" chapter from
Pinkas Hakehillot Polin

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Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities, Poland, Volume I, page 265, published by Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

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(Konin District)

1.9.39 ?280

In the 13th century, Ślesin (hereafter S) was a village owned by the church. In 1358 it acquired the status of a town, however, it failed to develop, thus lost its town status,in 1870.

At the beginning of the 19th century the Jewish community of S consisted of a few families that dealt in crafts and small trade. In the second half of the century the community had become self-sufficient, and in 1877, Rabbi Gershon Engelman was elected to serve the community. At the end of the century Rabbi Yakov Yehuda Lev Zamelman was the Rabbi in place, and in the years 1924-1929, Rabbi Yakov David Festenberg served the community.

With the beginning of the Nazi occupation, the Jews, like their brethren in the rest of the country, suffered humiliation, economic deprivation and were forced into slave labor. In 15.7.1940, they were expelled from S and sent to Zagórów and Grodziec where they subsequently shared the fate of all the other Jews who had been concentrated in these places.

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