Jezˇw, Poland

Yezhov

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

Dedicated to the memory of my great-grandparents,

Icek Majer Galas and Dworja Chonych of Jezˇw,

to to their ancestors and descendants;

to my grandfather Abram Michal Galas,

and to my mother, Fayga Galas,

and the worlds that she lost.

 

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                         Jezˇw:  A Gate to the Great World


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

In the time of my great-grandfather, Jezˇw 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 Lˇdz. 

The Jewish Jezˇw that my great-grandfather knew is gone. Its 1,500 Jews were rounded up in 1941 and deported to the ghettos in Lˇdz 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.

Jezˇw:  Location

Gmina Jezˇw is a rural gmina (administrative district) in Brzeziny County, Lˇdz Voivodeship, in central Poland.

Its seat is the village of Jezˇw, which lies approximately 16 kilometres (10 mi) east of Brzeziny and 35 km (22 mi) east of the regional capital Lˇdz.

The gmina covers an area of 63.8 square kilometres

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

Jezˇw can be found on National Road #72 between 72 Lˇdz and Warszaw. See map.  

The coordinates are 51║48N 19║58E.  Alternate names for Jezˇw 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 Jezˇw:*

Jezˇw, Jawor County in Lower Silesian Voivodeship (south-west Poland)
Jezˇw, Piotrkˇw County in Lˇdz Voivodeship (central Poland)
Jezˇw, Lublin Voivodeship (east Poland)
Jezˇw, Jedrzejˇw County in Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship (south-central Poland)
Jezˇw, Konskie County in Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship (south-central Poland)
Jezˇw, Ostrowiec County in Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship (south-central Poland)



*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.

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