Grayewo Memorial (Yizkor) Book
(Grajewo, Poland)

Published by the JewishGen Press

Translation of Grayeve yisker-bukh (Grayewo Memorial Book)
Editor: Dr. George Gorin, New York
Originally Published by: United Grayever Relief Committee, 1950
In Yiddish and English, 311 pages
Translation Project Coordinators: Evelyn Fine and Shelly Levin
358 pages, 8.5" by 11", hard cover, including all photos and other images.

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.


This is the translation of the Memorial (Yizkor) Book of Jewish community of Grajewo, Poland.

Jews have been living in Grajewo, in the province of Bialystok, Poland since the late 17th century. The 1765 census counted 83 Jewish people and by 1857, the number had grown to 1,457 comprising 76% of the town's population. By 1921, the percentage of Jews had decreased to 39%.

In 1933 anti-Jewish outbreaks occurred in Grajewo. During the Soviet occupation, between September 1939 and June 1941, Jewish businesses were nationalized. The invastion of Grajewo on 22 June 1941 by the Nazis marked the beginning of the devastation and horrors thrust upon the Jewish population. Within a few months, 1,600 to 2,000 Jews had been sent to the transit camp at Bogosza and on to the extermination camps at Treblinka and Auschwitz.

The United Grayever (Grajewo) Relief Committee memorialized the Jewish Community of Grajewo by publishing the original Yiddish Yizkor book in 1950. Now it is available in English for current and future generations to learn of the rich history of this community.

Grajewo is located at 53°39' North Latitude and 22°27' East Longitude, 114 mi NNE of Warsaw in Poland.

Alternate names for the town are: Grajewo [Polish], Grayavah [Yiddish], Graevo [Russian], Grayeve, Grayevo

Nearby Jewish Communities:

  • Szczuczyn 8 miles SW
  • Wąsosz 11 miles SSW
  • Rajgród 12 miles ENE
  • Ełk 13 miles NNW
  • Goniądz 17 miles SE
  • Radziłów 17 miles S
  • Stawiski 23 miles SSW
  • Trzcianne 24 miles SSE
  • Jedwabne 26 miles SSW
  • Augustów 26 miles ENE
  • Kolno 27 miles SW
  • Sztabin 27 miles E
  • Raczki 27 miles NNE
  • Suchowola 27 miles E
  • Knyszyn 30 miles SE

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