Memorial Book of the Community of Chorzel

(Chorzele, Poland)

Translation of
Sefer zikaron le-kehilat Chorzel

Published by the JewishGen Press

Editors: L. Losh, Association of Former Residents of Chorzele Published in Tel Aviv, 1967
Translation Project Coordinator: Susan Kittner Huntting
Translated by Jerrold Landau and Miriam Leberstein
Cover Design: Rachel Kolokoff Hopper
Hard Cover, 11” by 8.5”, 328 pages

Available from for $36.00

Click here to see the index containing the family names in this book. If you already have purchased the book, please print out and insert into the back of the book.


Often when we study the Holocaust the focus is on how Jewish life ended – the restrictions, the round ups, the ghettoizations, the transports, the deaths. But how much do we know about how these communities lived? Who were their members, their leaders? How were they organized? How did they understand their place in the world? What were their stories, passed from generation to generation?

On December 8, 1941 the Nazis expelled the last Jews from Chorzel, a small town near what had been the Polish-Prussian border along the Orzyc River. On that day Jewish life in Chorzel came to an end. Fortunately, however, we now have a readily accessible window into the life of this community before the war. This complete English translation of the Yizkor Book of the Community of Chorzel (Chorzele), formerly only available partly in Yiddish and partly in Hebrew, allows us to meet its personalities, its institutions and its livelihood both through memoir and photographs.

For many in the Kitnik (now Kittner) family, December 8, 1941 was the beginning of their end. And yet, new family branches were already sprouting in the United States and Israel. For those in the Kitnik/Kittner family and the many other Jewish descendants of Chorzel around the world, this book serves as a memorial to all that was lost.


Located at: 5316' N, 2054' E

Alternate names for the town are: Chorzele [Pol], Chortzel [Yid], Khozhele [Rus], Chorzellen [Ger], Khorzel, Khorzele, Khorzhel, Khozhel


Nearby Jewish Communities:

    Stryyivka 5 miles SSE
    Janowo 10 miles WNW
    Przasnysz 16 miles S
    Baranowo 18 miles ESE
    Krasnosielc 20 miles SE
    Myszyniec 20 miles ENE
    Nidzica 20 miles WNW
    Szczytno 21 miles N
    Kadzidło 24 miles E
    Mława 24 miles WSW
    Maków Mazowiecki 29 miles SSE
    Ciechanów 29 miles SSW
    Czarnia 30 miles E
    Ostrołęka 30 miles ESE

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