Memorial Book of the Community
of Augustow and Vicinity

(Augustów, Poland)


Translation of
Sefer Yizkor le-kehilat Augustow ve-ha-seviva

Published by the JewishGen Press
part of Yizkor Books Project of JewishGen, Inc.

Hard Cover, 8.5” by 11”, 576 pages with original photographs.
Original Book Edited by: Y. Aleksandroni
Project Coordinator: Jeanette Garretty Reinhard
Hebrew Translator, Translation Project Editor, and Indexing: Rabbi Molly Karp
Yiddish Translators: Daniel Kennedy and Oliver Elkus
Reproduction of Photographs: Jonah Karp Hurst
Cover Design: Rachel Kolokoff Hopper

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Sefer Augustow was written by former residents of Augustów, Poland, some of whom left the town before the war, and some who survived the war and were able to bear witness to the murder and destruction of the community. The book contains many articles and essays about the rich Jewish life and personalities of the town: the people, the dreamers, the doers, the religious, the secular, the Zionists, the socialists, and more. The stories are told of those who made aliyah to the land and those who stayed behind. Also described in detail are the various charities and aid societies for the needy in town, the schools for children and study houses for adults, and the centers of worship. In addition, there are richly detailed descriptions of the Partisans, life and death in the ghetto, the deportation to the concentration camps and mass murder outside of the camps, and the aftermath of it all, including the erasure not only of the Jews and the Jewish community, but all signs of its presence – the synagogues, the study houses, the cemeteries and the schools. Memories of some of the murdered and notables of the town are included, along with eyewitness testimony to the destruction. All in all, this holy book provides the reader with a richly detailed portrait of a town and Jewish community in its life, and in its death.

May this Yizkor Book serve as a memorial to all the victims of the Shoah from Augustów and the neighboring communities.


Augustów Poland is located at 53°51' N 23°00' E and 138 miles NE of Warszawa.

Jewish Population: 3,637 (in 1897), 2,397 (in 1931)

Augustów [Pol], Ogustove [Yid], Avgustov [Rus], Augustavas [Lith], Augustuva [Latv], Agustov, Augustov, Oygstova, Yagestov, Yagistov, Yagustova, Tobiasville [Yid]


Nearby Jewish Communities:

Sztabin 12 miles SSE Jeleniewo 24 miles N
Raczki 13 miles NW Berżniki 25 miles NE
Rajgród 15 miles SW Grajewo 26 miles WSW
Suwałki 17 miles N Sapotskin, Belarus 27 miles E
Lipsk 18 miles ESE Ełk 27 miles W
Suchowola 19 miles SSE Sidra 27 miles SE
Dąbrowa Białostocka 19 miles SE Nowy Dwór 27 miles ESE
Krasnopol 20 miles NNE Goniądz 27 miles SSW
Bakałarzewo 22 miles NW Filipów 28 miles NW
Sejny 22 miles NE Korycin 28 miles S
Kaletnik 23 miles N Janów Sokolski 28 miles SSE
Hałynka, Belarus 24 miles E Kapčiamiestis, Lithuania 28 miles ENE
Puńsk 29 miles NNE  

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