51°39' N, 17°49' E

        AKA Ostrowo (German), Ostrovia (Latin) and Ostrów



                Raschkower Street with Synagogue, circa 1910

                                  Courtesy Tomasz Wisniewski

Location: on Mapquest

                 on Google Maps

                 on tourism map indicating distance to other locations in Poland

19th-century map: 1882 Map of Posen Province

                                Federation of East European  Societies

                                (Ostrowo on lower right, east of Kalisz)


A History of the Jewish Community of Ostrowo, by Aaron Freimann, 1896.

In fall 2008, a small team of Ostrowo researchers translated this informative 20-page monograph:

English translation

Transcription of the German text in Roman characters

Images: Photos, postcards, coins, etc.

Other Research

The Jewish Gen Locality Page for Ostrów Wielkopolski contains data and links, including the Family Finder (JGFF) and the All-Poland Database (with JRI Poland).

The German Special Interest Group (GerSIG) includes areas that were once German-speaking, including the Prussian province of Posen where  Ostrowo was located.

YIVO has an extensive archive of Ostrowo documents. For details, including a brief history of the community, see:

Guide to the Records of the Ostrowo Jewish Community Council 1824-1919

The LDS Library has microfilmed the Register of Jewish families in Ostrowo, 1836-1838. Film # 1271464. Microfilm details.

A group of Ostrow citizens has published a book of essays on the Jewish community, in Polish, German and English: Studia Iudaica Ostroviensia (2007). [Enter your location to find the nearest library.]

The Polish Wikipedia has a large entry on Ostrów Wielkopolski (in Polish), including a full page on the history and architecture of the synagogue (in Polish). There is a shorter entry on the city in the English Wikipedia.

The City of Ostrów Wielkopolski site (English version) is quite informative, although the only mention of the former Jewish presence is a brief paragraph in the what-to-see section.

The Digital Library of Wielkopolska website has several Directories (1912, 1927 and 1938). To view the files, do a search for: Ostrow Addressbuch. (These are djvu files that require a viewer or plug-in)

1912 City Directory: Adressbuch_1912

According to Freimann (see links above), the Ostrowo community had strong ties to the Kalisz (Kalisch) community. See the Kalisz articles on the US Holocaust Memorial Museum site.

This page is hosted at no cost by JewishGen, Inc., a non-profit corporation. If you feel there is any benefit to you in accessing this site, your Jewish Generosity is appreciated.

Jewish Gen Home Page       KehilaLinks Directory


Compiled by Victoria Barkoff, Howard Bregman

Updated January 2014