Resistance and Death
in the Czenstochower Ghetto

(Częstochowa, Poland)

Translation of
Vidershtand un Umkum in Czenstochower Ghetto

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Original Yizkor Book Editor: Liber Brener
Published in Poland in Yiddish before 1952
By The Jewish Historical Institute of Poland
Translated by Gloria Berkenstat Freund
Cover Design: Rachel Kolokoff Hopper
Hard Cover, 11” by 8.5”, 248 pages, with all original illustrations.

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The Germans invaded Poland on Friday, the 1st of September 1939 and entered Czenstochow on Sunday, the 3rd. This invasion was the beginning of the end of the Jewish community, which had existed in Czenstochow for hundreds of years. The Jewish population of approximately 30,000 men, women and children enjoyed an active economic, political, cultural and religious life. All of it was erased.

Resistance and Death in the Czenstochow Ghetto tells the story of the brave but mostly unsuccessful fight for life by the Czenstochower Jews and of their tragic death, of the annihilation of a vibrant community. Their story is important as a historical tale of their existence and as first-hand evidence of what happened to them and to Jewish Czenstochow.


Located at: is located at 50°48' North Latitude / 19°07' East Longitude.

Alternate names for the town are: Częstochowa [Pol], Chenstochov [Yid], Tschenstochau [Ger], Čenstochová [Cz], Chenstokhova [Rus], Chenstokhov, Chestokhova, Tshenstokhov


Nearby Jewish Communities:

    Olsztyn 7 miles ESE
    Mstów 8 miles ENE
    Kamyk 9 miles NNW
    Kłobuck 11 miles NW
    Aurelów 13 miles NE
    Truskolasy 13 miles WNW
    Miedzno 14 miles NNW
    Janów, (near Częstochowa) 15 miles ESE
    Żarki 16 miles SE
    Przyrów 17 miles E
    Myszków 18 miles SE
    Gidle 20 miles NE
    Nowa Brzeźnica 20 miles N
    Pławno 20 miles NE
    Krzepice 20 miles NW

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