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Jewish Families of Babimost (formerly Bomst)

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  • Esther Lewy (1826 - 1883)
    Updated with information provided by Jeff Lewy in 2019. Corrected name of the birth town. Added last place of residence. Birth name was Ernestine Berwin according to Jeff Lewy, of San Francisco.
  • Dorothea (Dorchen) Gerechter (c.1826 - c.1902)
    Recorded in the online database of the Poznan Marriage Record project. Mother of Ludwig Gerechter who married Amalie Berwin of Bomst-Babimost. Ludwig was born in 1865. Dorothea was estimated to be bo...
  • Cpl. (USA), Samuel Berwin (1831 - 1913)
    Samuel Berwin was born in the small town of Babimost Bomst in Poland, somewhat near the border with Germany. He came to the United States shortly before the civil war. He served in the NY 54th voluntee...
  • Meyer Berwin (c.1810 - c.1860)
    Meyer Berwin was a Jewish leader in the small community of Babimost. Records of the village indicate his participation in meetings and events in the 1840-1850 era. These records are available in the mi...
  • Leib Berwin (1829 - 1892)
    Leib Berwin was the brother of Samuel Berwin. Samuel left Babimost for the United States around 1862 while Leib stayed in Babimost as far as we know. Leib and Samuel were the only males in this famil...

Babimost (German: Bomst) is a small town in Poland in the Lubusz Voivodeship, Zielona Gora County.

Area: 3,6 km², Population: 4,300 (2001), City rights: 1397.

Until 1945 Babimost (German: Bomst) was part of Germany. In 1871 the town had 2272 inhabitants, of whom 1042 were Catholics (mostly Poles), 1070 were Evangelical Lutherans (mostly Germans) and 160 Jewish. After the territorial changes following World War I, the town lay on the border with Poland; although remaining with Germany, up to a third of its residents were Poles.

The inhabitants were shoe manufacturers, linen producers and hop (beer) and wine producers. Between 1818 and 1938 Babimost was administrative centre of the Kreis Bomst. In 1939 1950 inhabitants were registered as citizens of the town, of whom 600 were ethnic Polish. Source Wikipedia 2015.

In 1946 all German inhabitants had been expelled by force; the Potsdam Conference had given the town to the People's Republic of Poland.

Town birth, death, marriage and some community records and data on microfilm from the Family History Library includes three different films. These are 1273157, 474924 and 474931. These are in the German language. They are indexed in the IAJGS database on JewishGen but no details from the films themselves are shown, only film numbers.

This town is also mentioned on the Jewish Records Indexing site at www.jri-polan.org A complete list of all births, deaths and marriages is awaiting more work on the original books in the files of the government. In the meantime census and other documents are being made available online.

In 2016 additional data came online at the Poznan Project, an extraction of Civil Registry of Marriages in the Posen area in the 1800's. The entry point is here: http://poznan-project.psnc.pl/index.php?langen#prettyPhoto

Rabbi's born in Babimost

From the Biographical Index of Rabbi's BHR1 published by the Steinheim Institute in Germany we find two Rabbi's who were born in Bomst but left to practice in other towns. Dr. Peter Buchholz was born in Babimost on October 2, 1837. He was a Rabbi at Emden in 1892. Dr. Max Biram was born in Babimost on January 1, 1853. He became a Rabbi in Hirschburg in 1916. I suggest you look directly at it at this site: http://www.steinheim-institut.de/dbs/rabbiner-index/query.html You may also refer to the Biographical Handbook of the Rabbi's (BHR), in Germany, at the same site. Here: http://www.steinheim-institut.de:50580/cgi-bin/bhr

From Yad Vashem we find 25 people who were born in Bomst who were murdered in the Holocaust, most lived in Berlin.

This site offers a comprehensive history of the town and the Jewish presence up until the end due to WW2. See here: http://www.sztetl.org.pl/en/article/babimost/5,history/

As of May 2018 on Geni the known names of the people living in Babimost, mostly in the 1800's, included: Berwin, Cohn, Buchholz, Lowenthal, Ascher, Steinbuch, Meyer, Biesenthal, Bornstein, Goldstein, Pinner, Mühlberg, Gerechter, Piasecki, Boldes, Grossmann, Fleischmann, Fleischer, Goldberg and Grossman

Additional Details of the Town are here:

http://www.xn--jdische-gemeinden-22b.de/index.php/gemeinden/a-b/2192-bomst-schlesien

A photo essay of the present day town is available here:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Babimost

A good source of the Jews of the 1830 period is Luft's work.

Jewish Citizens of the Province of Posen on November 6, 1834. Sourced from The Naturalized Jews of the Grand Duchy of Posen in 1834 ad 1835 Revised Edition, page 11. Compiled by Edward David Luft. Printed 2004 by Avotaynu.

In a Supplement to the above mentioned book there is information from Luft The Jews of Posen Province in the Nineteenth Century, s Selective Source Book, Research Guide and Supplement, available online at Wielkopolska Digital Library.

4 April 1929, Vol. 31, No. 40, Beilage to No. 14. Two pictures of the exterior of the Bomst synagogue, as before and as a Lutheran community house; 200 Jews lived in Bomst, ca. 1800; in the 1830s, over 450 Jews lived there, but now the only couple living there worships in Züllichau, p. 319.

23 May 1929, Vol. 31, No. 43. Beilage to No. 21. Interior photographs of the Bomst synagogue, p. 343.