Żarki Jewish Community Memorial Book
(Żarki, Poland)


Translation of
Ḳehilat Z'arḳi: ayarah be-ḥayeha uvi-khilyonah

Published by the JewishGen Press

Original Book Edited by: Yitzhak Lador
Project Coordinator: Andrew Rajcher
Book Translated by: Dave Horowitz-Larochette
Layout and Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind
Cover Design: Rachel Kolokoff Hopper
Hard Cover, 8.5” by 11”, 282 pages with original photographs.

Available from for $32.00



Żarki is a town located 30 kilometres south-east of Częstochowa. At the outbreak of World War II, it is estimated that Żarki's population stood at around 5,000, 60% of whom Jews. The Germans created the Żarki ghetto in February 1941, in which 3,200 Jews were confined. The liquidation of this ghetto began on 6th October 1942. Around 300 Jews were executed in the local cemetery, some were selected for work in the Radom ghetto and the remainder were transported to their deaths in the Treblinka extermination camp. The exact number of Żarki Jews, who survived the War, is unknown.

In 1959, the Organisation of Żarki Jews in Israel published this Yizkor Book. The articles were written by Survivors, most of whom, at the time of the publication of this book, are no longer with us. It is for this reason that the World Society of Częstochowa Jews & Their Descendants decided to include it in its “Częstochowa Yizkor Book Project” - to have it translated into English, for the first time, accurately and in its entirety. Through this book, those Survivors can continue to speak to us and to future generations "from beyond the grave". The “Częstochowa Yizkor Book Project” is funded by the Wolf & Dora Rajcher Memorial Fund.

May this Yizkor Book serve as a memorial to all the victims of the Shoah from Żarki and the neighboring communities.


Żarki, Poland is located at 50°38' N 19°23' E 132 miles SSW of Warszawa.

Alternate names for the town are: Żarki [Pol], Zharki [Yid, Rus], Zarki [Ger], Zharik, Zhurik


Nearby Jewish Communities:

Myszków 4 miles SSW Strzemieszyce Wielkie 22 miles S
Włodowice 6 miles SSE Sławków 23 miles S
Janów, (near Częstochowa) 8 miles NNE Będzin 23 miles SSW
Zawiercie 9 miles SSE Grodziec 23 miles SSW
Olsztyn 10 miles NNW Gidle 23 miles N
Lelów 11 miles ENE Żarnowiec 24 miles ESE
Kromołów 12 miles SSE Dębowa Góra 24 miles S
Przyrów 13 miles NNE Pławno 24 miles N
Siewierz 13 miles SSW Zagórze 25 miles SSW
Łazy 14 miles S Kamyk 25 miles NW
Mstów 14 miles NNW Niemce 25 miles SSW
Częstochowa 16 miles NW Sosnowiec 25 miles SSW
Pilica 16 miles SE Wolbrom 25 miles SE
Koniecpol 17 miles NE Czeladź 25 miles SSW
Ząbkowice 18 miles SSW Olkusz 25 miles SSE
Aurelów 20 miles N Tarnowskie Góry 26 miles WSW
Szczekociny 20 miles E Bytom 27 miles SW
Gołonóg 21 miles SSW Dańdówka 27 miles SSW
Secemin 22 miles ENE Kłobuck 27 miles NW
Dąbrowa Górnicza 22 miles SSW

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