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

Jezów lies approximately 53 km (33 mi) south of the regional capital Lódz and 84 km (52 miles) from Warsaw. 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 two other towns in Poland by the name of Jezów:


Compiled by Deborah H Long

Updated 2015
Copyright © 201013  Deborah H Long

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