Stawiski Memorial Book (Poland)

Translation of the
Stawiski; sefer yizkor
(Stawiski, Poland)

Published by the JewishGen Press
part of Yizkor Books Project of JewishGen, Inc.
Translation Project Coordinator: Jan Meisels Allen
Original Yizkor Book edited by: I. Rubin
Published by Stavisk Society, 1973
Hard Cover, 11” by 8.5”, 406 pages with all illustrations and photos.

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Stawiski, Poland is a small town in northeastern Poland situated on the Dzierzbia River. The town was established in the early 15th century and over the years had multiple rulers. Napoleon's march across Europe to Russia took him through Stawiski. The town was a commercial center known for furs, fabrics and hats. The Great Synagogue of Stawiski was built in 1739; it was destroyed by the Nazis during World War II. The town first came under Soviet occupation and in June 1941 the Germans seized control of the town. A month later the Nazis forced many of the town's Jewish residents march into the forest where they were murdered; today there is a mass grave of 700 people at the site. Other Jews from Stawiski were sent to the transport camp of Bogusze. Those surviving that camp were transported to Treblinka and Auschwitz. Once a town with over 2000 Jews, no Jews live in Stawiski today. This book serves as a memorial to the Jewish community of Stawiski that no longer exists. It will be of interest to descendants of the town's Jewish community, scholars of Polish, World War II and Jewish history desiring primary source material.

Stawiski is located at 53°22' North Latitude and 22°09' East Longitude

Alternate names: Stawiski [Polish], Stavisk [Yiddish], Staviski [Russian]

Today Stawiski is situated within Kolno County, in Podlaskie Voivodeship, approximately 16 kilometres east of Kolno and 74 km west of the regional capital Białystok. Stawiski is the administrative seat of Gmina Stawiski.

Nearby Jewish Communities:

    Jedwabne 8 miles SE
    Kolno 10 miles WNW
    Radziłów 11 miles ENE
    Wąsosz 12 miles NNE
    Piątnica 13 miles S
    Łomża 13 miles SSW
    Nowogród 15 miles SW
    Wizna 15 miles SE
    Szczuczyn 15 miles NNE
    Zbójna 17 miles WSW
    Gać 20 miles SSE
    Rutki 22 miles SSE
    Trzcianne 22 miles E
    Czarnia 23 miles WSW
    Grajewo 23 miles NNE
    Śniadowo 24 miles SSW
    Zawady 26 miles SE
    Goniądz 26 miles ENE
    Zambrów 27 miles S
    Tykocin 29 miles ESE
    Kadzidło 30 miles WSW

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