Memorial Book of Sochaczew

Translation of
Pinkas Sochaczew
(Sochaczew, Poland)

Published by the JewishGen Press

Edited by: A. Sh. Sztejn, G. Wejszman
Published in Jerusalem, 1962
Project Coordinator: Jan Meisels Allen
Layout and Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind
Cover Design: Rachel Kolokoff-Hoper
Hard Cover, 8.5” by 11”, 670 pages with original photographs.

Available from for $42.00


Sochaczew, located in central Poland is a town about 44 miles due west of Warsaw, whose Jewish presence dates back to the 15th century. The first reported Jew in town was in 1463 - a doctor. Life was not easy for the Jews due to an alleged “blood libel” in the mid- 16th century, and the rabbi was punished with a death penalty, along with several other inhabitants. In the 19th century the Jewish community grew. Sochaczew became a great Hasidic center, first led by Tzaddik Abraham Bornsztajn.

In the later part of the 19th century reconstruction of the synagogue began after the previous one was burned down.

The book describes the life in the town, the institutions, the rabbis and the common people. There were workers' movements and professional unions as well as a Bund and Communist Circle. Memories of some of the survivors are related in the book.

The synagogue was destroyed by the Nazis when they entered the town in September 1939, and the town was destroyed during World War ll. Many of the Jews ended up in the Warsaw ghetto and some ended up in the Skarzyko Work Camp. 4,000 Jews lived in the town at the start of the war. Few survived. Today, there are no Jews in the town.

This Yizkor Book serves as a memorial to all the victims of the Shoah from Sochaczew.


Alternate names: Sochaczew [Pol], Sochatshev [Yid], Sokhachev [Rus], Sochatchev, Sochoczew

Sochaczew, Poland is located at 5214' N 2015' E 32 miles W of Warszawa


Nearby Jewish Communities:

Wyszogród 11 miles NNW Bodzanów 21 miles NNW
Bolimów 11 miles SSW Zakroczym 21 miles NE
Czerwińsk nad Wisłą 12 miles N Łyszkowice 22 miles SW
Wiskitki 12 miles SSE Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki 24 miles NE
Żyrardów 14 miles SE Gąbin 25 miles WNW
Leszno 15 miles E Nadarzyn 25 miles ESE
Łowicz 16 miles WSW Pruszków 25 miles E
Błonie 16 miles E Sobota 25 miles WSW
Kiernozia 16 miles W Żychlin 27 miles W
Sanniki 18 miles WNW Bielawy 28 miles WSW
Grodzisk Mazowiecki 18 miles ESE Płońsk 28 miles N
Skierniewice 19 miles SSW Głowno 29 miles SW
Mszczonów 21 miles SE Jabłonna 30 miles ENE

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