Book of Czyzewo
The Scroll of Life and Destruction

Translation of
Sefer Zikaron Czyzewo
(Czyżew-Osada, Poland)

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

Published in Tel Aviv 1961
Editors of the original Yizkor Book: Shimon Kanc
Project Coordinator: Jennifer L. Mohr
Layout: Donni Magid
Cover Design: Nina Schwartz, Impulse Graphics
Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind
Hard Cover, 8.5” by 11”, 618 pages with original photographs.

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In 1815, the town of Czyzewo belonged to the Kingdom of Poland, then subservient to Russia. From the mid-19th century on, its economy grew, helped by construction of the Warsaw-St. Petersburg rail line. By 1899 the town had 2,300 inhabitants, 94 percent of them were Jewish.

The vibrant Jewish community supported a synagogue, three study houses, a modern cheder, a public school, a girls school, a cultural center, and a volunteer fire brigade. Jews worked mainly as artisans and tradesmen. In addition to the mills, brickyards and lumberyards, there were shoemakers, bakeries, butcher shops, a salt wholesaler, a tobacco wholesaler, a gas station, and a slaughterhouse. One renowned factory made high-quality tsitsit. A Jewish-owned power plant brought electricity to the town in 1929.

In June 1941 the Nazis occupied the town and began a reign of murders and atrocities that lasted until January 1943, when the last Chizever Jews were sent to Auschwitz. Although Jewish Czyzewo was destroyed, it is remembered here in vivid detail.


Alternate names: Czyzew-Osada [Pol], Czyzewo [Pol], Chizeva [Yid], Chizhev-Osada [Rus], Czyzew, Chizheva, Chizhevo, Tshizsheve, Tshizheva, Tzizhav

Czyzew-Osada, Poland – The town is located at 52°48' N 22°19' E and 67 miles NE of Warsaw


Nearby Jewish Communities:

Andrzejewo 7 miles WNW
Zareby Koscielne 8 miles WSW
Nur 9 miles S
Jablonka 11 miles N
Wysokie Mazowieckie 12 miles NE
Ciechanowiec 12 miles SE
Wyszonki Koscielne 13 miles E
Zambrow 13 miles NNW
Szumowo 13 miles NW
Malkinia Gorna 15 miles WSW
Sterdyn 15 miles S
Kosow Lacki 15 miles SSW
Prostyn 17 miles SW
Ostrow Mazowiecka 17 miles W
Kosewo 19 miles WNW
Gac 20 miles N
Sokoly 20 miles NE

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