"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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This is a translation from: Pinkas Hakehillot Polin:
Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities, Poland, Volume I, pp. 58-59 published by Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

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pp. 58-59

(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 Jewish institutions.

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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