Jaroslaw Book: a Memorial to Our Town…
(Jarosław, Poland)


Translation of
Sefer Yaroslav: gal-'ed le-zekher 'irenu…

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Hard Cover, 8.5” by 11”, 268 pages with original photographs

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Jaroslaw's development was founded on its great 16th and 17th century fairs, in which Jewish merchants played a prominent part. During its triennial fall fair, the town often hosted meetings of the Council of Four Lands—the central administrative body of the Polish Jewish community. By 1738, about 100 Jewish families lived in the town. By 1921, Jews numbered 6,577, about 33 percent of the population.

The city was captured by the Germans on September 10, 1939. On September 28, they ordered the Jewish population to assemble in the Sokol sports field. Some 7,000 people were deported across the San River to Soviet-occupied territory. Jews had to hand over all items of value, and all their property was taken. On the Soviet side, it was difficult for them to find food, shelter, and work. In summer 1940, many were exiled to the Soviet interior. But several hundred of the exiles survived, while those in east Poland were killed by the Germans between 1941 and 1944.

Generations of rabbis, Torah scholars, intellectuals, and Zionist leaders lived, wrote, and taught in Jaroslaw.

May this book be a memorial to them and the community that no longer exists


Jarosław, Poland is located at 5001' N, 2241' E


Alternate names of the Town:

Jarosław [Pol], Yaroslav [Yid], Jaroslau [Ger], Jaroslav, Yereslev, Yareslov


Nearby Jewish Communities:

Radymno 8 miles SE
Skołoszów 8 miles SE
Przeworsk 9 miles WNW
Kosienice 9 miles S
Pruchnik 10 miles SW
Sieniawa 11 miles NNW
Kańczuga 12 miles WSW
Grodzisko Dolne 14 miles NW
Siedleczka 14 miles WSW
Krzywcza 16 miles SSW
Cieplice 16 miles N
Markowa 16 miles W
Przemyśl 17 miles SSE
Krasiczyn 17 miles S
Cewków 18 miles NNE
Oleszyce 19 miles NE
Dubiecko 19 miles SW
Żołynia 19 miles WNW
Dzików Stary 20 miles NE
Jawornik Polski 20 miles WSW
Łańcut 20 miles W
Wielkie Oczy 21 miles E
Leżajsk 21 miles NW


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