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NAREWKA - NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH NAREW!


Narewka is sometimes confused with Narew, 11 miles northwest of Narewka. Narew is named for the Narew River, a tributary of the Vistula River; Narewka Mała (Little Narewka) is situated on the Narewka River, a tributary of the Narew River. According to Wikipedia, the Narew River is the fifth longest Polish river. A major part of the Narewka River flows through the Białowieża Forest.

Narew, Poland: 5255' N, 2331' E (Narew: Narever)

Narewka, Poland: 5250' N, 2345' E (Narewka: Narevker)

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Narewka River Narewka River Sign Narewka River in Narewka

A Guide to YIVO's Landsmanschaftn Archive, published by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (New York, 1986, p. 37), incorrectly identifies the Narevker Untershtitsungs Verein as a landsman society of immigrants from Narew instead of Narewka. Likewise, the Center for Jewish History - CJH Catalog record for the Narevker Untershtitsungs Verein material in the YIVO Archives states that the society was organized in New York in 1890 by immigrants from Narew.  The Guide to the YIVO Archives, edited by Fruma Mohrer and Marek Web (YIVO and M.E. Sharpe, 1998), correctly lists Narewka.

The Museum of Family History's Cemetery Project includes the Gates of the Narevker Unt. Verein in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Maspeth, New York, and Narevker Unt. Verein in Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Flushing, New York; formerly, the town was identified as Narew, instead of Narewka. Likewise, the Holocaust Memorial of the Narevker Unt. Verein in Mt. Hebron Cemetery was listed under the town of Narew, instead of Narewka. The sites have been updated and the identifications have all been corrected.