Jezów, Poland


Jezów [Polish], Yezhov [Yiddish], Yezhuv [Russian]

Dedicated to the memory of my great-grandfather,

Icek Majer Galas of Jezów,

to to his ancestors and descendants;

to my grandfather Abram Michal Galas,

and to my mother, Fayga Galas,

and the worlds that she lost.

Jezów:  A Gate to the Great World

My great-grandfather Icek Majer Galas owned the hardware store in Jezów, a village in central Poland. 

In the time of my great-grandfather, Jezów was a shtetl, and it remains so today, in spite of its rather strategic location on the main road between Poland's two largest cities, Warsaw and Lódz. 

The Jewish Jezów that my great-grandfather knew is gone. Its 1,500 Jews were rounded up in 1941 and deported to the ghettos in Lódz. and nearby Rawa Mazowiecka. The synagogue was destroyed. All that remains is the Jewish cemetery and the memories of a few survivors who recall a world gone by.

Jezów:  Location

Gmina Jezów is a rural gmina (administrative district) in Brzeziny County, Lódz Voivodeship, in central Poland. Its seat is the village of Jezów, which lies approximately 16 kilometres (10 mi) east of Brzeziny and 35 km (22 mi) east of the regional capital Lódz.

The gmina covers an area of 63.8 square kilometres

(24.6 sq mi), and as of 2006 its total population is 3,633.

Jezów can be found on National Road #72 between 72 Lódz and Warszaw. See map below.  

The coordinates are 51º48N 19º58E.  Alternate names for Jezów are Yezhov [Yiddish} and Yezhuv [Russian.] Maps and historical information about the town can be found at Jewishgen.


Researchers should note that there are

other towns in Poland by the name of Jezów:*

  • Jezów, Jawor County in Lower Silesian Voivodeship (south-west Poland)
  • Jezów, Piotrków County in Lódz Voivodeship (central Poland)
  • Jezów, Lublin Voivodeship (east Poland)
  • Jezów, Jedrzejów County in Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship (south-central Poland)
  • Jezów, Konskie County in Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship (south-central Poland)
  • Jezów, Ostrowiec County in Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship (south-central Poland)


Compiled by Deborah H Long

Updated 2015
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Deborah H Long

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*A cousin of mine who has also had family with roots in Jezow pointed out that the name of this town sounds like yishuv, the Hebrew/Yiddish name for a town or settlement. If all these places had a high percentage of Jewish residents, perhaps the Yiddish name came first.