Memorial Book of Nowy-Dwor

(Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, Poland)

Translation of
Pinkas Nowy Dwor

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

Original Book Edited by Aryeh Shamri and Dov Berish First
Published by the Former Residents of Nowy-Dwor in Israel,
USA, Argentina, Uruguay, and France Tel Aviv, 1965
(575 pages, in Hebrew, Yiddish and English)

11” by 8.5”, 928 pages
with all illustrations of the original Yizkor book
Translation Project Coordinator: Debra Michlewitz
Cover design by Nili Goldman

Available from JewishGen for $52.00

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.



Pinkus Nowy-Dwor represents a heroic act of resistance. Survivors of the Holocaust who had escaped annihilation in Novy-Dvor bitterly mourned their loss of home, of family, and of history. They knew that “After World War II, only a single Jew remained in the town of Novy-Dvor, a faint image of a Jewry which once was great and bright, which for countless generations had lived in this place and which is no more…” They conjured the communal spirit of their great loss by tracing the outline of the town and its Jewish community in a written record which marshaled personal memory and historical research. They called this Pinkus book “a literary monument of the destroyed Novy-Dvor community and the thousands of its martyrs….” and they ” hope[d] that some day this entire book will be translated and published in English.”

That hope has now been completely realized. Sparked by the work of JewishGen and its facilitation of an online translation project, Joel Alpert has now shepherded a print publication of that translation to completion. The text provides a comprehensive historical review of the town's growth as a center of Jewish culture, including its 18 th Century role as a center for the printing of Hebrew books. Personal anecdotes punctuate the historical narrative detailing the evolution of personal freedom in the town including the stories of political parties, social associations, religious movements, and labor organizations which flourished in the town. The section entitled “Death and Resistance” chronicles the tragic events that the town suffered between 1939 until 1942 when the last Nowy-Dworer Jew was deported to Auschwitz. The work demonstrates the careful writing of scholarly historiography and the compelling power of personal memoir.

Located at 52°26' N Latitude, 20°43' E Longitude

Alternate names: Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki [Pol], Novi Dvor [Yid], Sde Chadash [Heb], Novy Dvor, Nowy Dwór, Nowydwór, Mazoviecki

Region: Warszawa


Nearby Jewish Communities:

    Zakroczym 4 miles W
    Jabłonna 10 miles ESE
    Nasielsk 11 miles NNE
    Leszno 13 miles SSW
    Nowe Miasto 15 miles NNW
    Serock 16 miles ENE
    Błonie 17 miles SSW
    Warszawa 17 miles SE
    Czerwińsk nad Wisłą 18 miles W

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