Memorial Book of the Community
(Maków Mazowiecki, Poland)

Translation of
Sefer zikaron le-kehilat Maków-Mazowiecki

Published by the JewishGen Press

Editor of Original Yizkor Book: J. Brat
Project Coordinator: Anita Frishman Gabbay
Cover Design: Rachel Kolokoff Hopper
Layout and Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind
Photo Extraction: Sondra Ettlinger
8.5” x 11” hard cover 420 pages with original photographs

Available from for $38.00


In the northeast of Mazovia, once Greater-Poland, the town of Makow-Mazowiecki, county seat of Powiat, is set on the banks of the Orzysz river.

A Jewish community was established in Maków in the middle of the 16th century and was subordinate to the kehila in Ciechanów. The community owned a ritual bath, a synagogue and an old people's house, as well as a cemetery. In 1753, the Jewish community of Maków became independent.

In the 19th century, Maków Jews began to establish small industrial enterprises such as weaving plants, tanneries and mills.

At the end of the 19th century and in the early 20th century, supporters of Zionism and left-wing ideology emerged from the Jewish population of the town. The first branches of the Lovers of Zion and the “Mizrachi” Zionist Orthodox Organization were established at the time. The future leader of the Zionist movement, Nachum SokoŁów, moved to Maków in 1876. In 1930, a district convention of the Zionist Organization was held in Maków.

Just as many other Jewish communities, Maków boasted an active branch of the Linat Hatsedek, Keren Kayemet Le'Israel, libraries, Talmud Torah, Mikvah, “Tarbut” Jewish Cultural and Educational center, and more.

The wave of anti-Semitism sweeping Poland in the 1930s soon reached Maków, where Jewish shops were boycotted, shop windows broken, and owners harassed.

Germans seized the town in September 1939. They established a ghetto and forced labor camps. The surviving Jews were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The editor of the original book wrote: “I became acquainted with the history of Maków since the 16th century, with her Torah scholars, Rabbis and Gaonim, educated ones, yeshivahs, teachers, tutors, writers and poets.”

May this book serve a memorial to the Jewish community of Makow Mazowiecki that was so brutally destroyed.


Alternate names:Maków Mazowiecki [Pol], Makov [Yid], Makuv-Mazovyetzki [Rus], Makov Mazovyetsk, Makova, Makovi, Maków nad Orzycem

Maków-Mazowiecki, Poland is located at 52°52' N 21°06' E and 43 miles N of Warsaw


Nearby Jewish Communities:

Pułtusk 10 miles S Ostrołęka 25 miles NE
Krasnosielc 12 miles NNE Nowe Miasto 25 miles SW
Różan 13 miles E Kamieńczyk 26 miles SE
Przasnysz 15 miles NW Brańszczyk 26 miles SE
Goworowo 20 miles E Poręba-Kocęby 27 miles ESE
Ciechanów 20 miles W Czerwin 28 miles ENE
Długosiodło 22 miles ESE Poręba Średnia 28 miles ESE
Nasielsk 23 miles SSW Kuchary Żydowskie 29 miles SW
Baranowo 23 miles NNE Chorzele 29 miles NNW
Wąsewo 24 miles E Sochocin 29 miles WSW
Wyszków 24 miles SE Kadzidło 30 miles NNE
Serock 24 miles S


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