2. Other Spellings: Lomzhe (Yiddish), Lomzha (Russian) Great Synagogue

  3. (Built 1880; Destroyed September 1941)

Reproduced from  Jewish Roots in Poland: Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories by Miriam Weiner; reprinted with permission of the publisher, The Routes to Roots Foundation (www.rtrfoundation.org). The original postcard is in the Tomy Wisniewski Collection of picture postcards.

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Lomza is the name of both a town and province in eastern Poland. The town of Lomza is located 126.8 km (78.8 miles) northeast of Warsaw and 79 km (49.1 miles) west of Bialystok. Although it was first mentioned in official records in the 14th century, it was probably founded around the 10th century. Lomza received its municipal charter in 1428, and from the mid-16th century it was an important political, cultural, religious and economic center. For continuation of HistoricalThumbnail, click here.

Map Links (Latitude 53 ° 11' Longitude 22 ° 05')

    1. Lomza region (MapQuest map)

    2. Map of Poland (2000) (University of Texas Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection)

    3. Russia's former Lomza guberniya

Genealogical Research Links

    1. The Suwalk-Lomza Interest Group for Jewish Genealogists  publishes Landsmen, a quarterly journal with a great deal of information about the Jewish communities of the former Russian-Polish gubernias (provinces) of Lomza and Suwalki.

    2. The JewishGen Yizkor Book Database (enter  text: "Lomza"; type of search:"Town-Exact Spelling" for a listing of various sources of the Lomza Yizkor Book)

    3. Lomza Yizkor Book Index is a searchable database prepared by Yigal Rechtman. (Click on "Searchable Databases"; scroll down to Lomza.)

    4. Jewish Records Indexing - Poland is a searchable database of indices to 19th century Jewish vital records from current and former territories of Poland. 

    5. Radzilow web site contains a Surnames page with an extensive list of surnames found in all sorts of records from Radzilow, which is only about 19.9 miles NE of Lomza. Many of these surnames can likewise be found in Lomza, and undoubtedly many Lomza families had branches in Radzilow. Town Tour of major Jewish shtetls near Radzilow: http://www.radzilow.com/towntour.htm

    6. Wizna web site contains photos, surnames lists and other useful information from this town in the former Lomza Gubernia, 12.5 miles E of Lomza.

    7. Avotanyu, Inc.  publishes information and products of interest to persons who are researching their Jewish family history.

    8. Yad Vashem Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names currently (winter 2004-5) contains the names of approximately 3 million victims of the Holocaust.

Lomza Cemetery Projects -- Links

    1. Lomza Virtual Jewish Cemeteries (in addition to browsing the stones posted so far, you can contribute comments pertaining to the stones and the people they represent, including translations and other historical and genealogical information)

    2. International Jewish Cemetery Project  (description of Lomza's Old and New Cemeteries)

    3. Lomza Jewish Cemeteries Foundation (website containing photographs  from Lomza's Jewish cemeteries)

    4. JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR)  (database of names and other identifying information from cemeteries and burial records worldwide)

Seeking information about persons with Lomza connections

Family Stories 

    1. The Story of My Life from Lomza to St. Louis by Harry Sokolik

Family Trees with Lomza Branches

    1. Stan Goodman's Family Tree 

    2. Reeva Jacobson Kimble's Family Tree

JewishGen Family Finder

Do you have roots in Lomza? Would you like to connect with others researching the same community? Click the button to search the JewishGen Family Finder database.



Other Links of Interest

  1. God Does Play Dice, the autobiography of Klara Samuels (nee Salamon), a Holocaust survivor whose family moved from Lomza to Warsaw prior to the events chronicled in this book.

      Original site 1999-2005 Ted Hochstadt


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