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Jewish Families of Ostrow Weilkopolski (formerly Ostrowo)

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This project is designed to identify and collect the Jewish individuals who have a connection to the town of Ostrow/Ostrowo in Weilkopolski, Poland.This town was part of the Grand Duchy of Posen in the 1800's. It was in the Posen Administrative District of Adelnau along with the towns of Adelnau and Raszkow.

There are many towns named Ostrow in present day Poland. This project is only for those individuals that are connected to the town in Greater Poland, NOT the towns in the south of Poland or Eastern Poland with the same name such as Ostrow Lubelski. Map https://goo.gl/maps/EoBk9

From Jewish Gen we find considerable material on Ostrowo here: http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Ostrow_Wielkopolski/Home.html

Edward David Luft's book The Naturalized Jews of the Grand Duchy of Posen in 1834 and 1835, Revised Edition, 2004, published by Avotanyu lists 154 people who were made citizens in the town of Ostrowo in Adelnau District of Posen. Some common family names include Teichmann, Feibisch, Fränkel, Berliner, Berger, and Zell or Zellner. Additional people were enrolled in Adelnau (14 people, including Joseph Bromberg, Simon Freitag, Hirsch Goldbaum, Moses Hoff and several others) and Raszkow (21 people, including Lobel Ossowski, Marcus Müller, Jacob Nathan, Israel Krotoschiner and others). These smaller towns do not presently have Geni projects. As of Oct 1, 2018. If you want to start a Town Project just go ahead and do it.

From the International Jewish Cemetery Project we find this entry:

OSTROW WIELKOPOLSKI: Wielkopolski Coat of arms of Ostrów Wielkopolski Alternate names: Ostrów Wielkopolski [Pol], Ostrowo [Ger], Ostrów, Ostrov, Ostrów Wlkp., Ostrovia [Lat]. 51°39' N, 17°49' E, 64 miles SE of Poznań (Posen), 13 miles SW of Kalisz. ShtetLink: . Abbreviated Ostrów Wlkp., this town in central Poland with 72,360 inhabitants in 2008 in the Greater Poland Voivodeship and the seat of Ostrów Wielkopolski powiat is one of the most important railroad junctions in Poland. BOOK: Gruber, Ruth Ellen. Jewish Heritage Travel A Guide to East-Central Europe. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1992. p. 77 Normal 0 OLD CEMETERY: Established in 1724 at the corner of current ul. Starotargowej) and Freimann Freimanna (now Placu 23 Stycznia) near the synagogue, a low wall with a gate on the north side surrounded the site. Probably for health reasons in 1780, the city stopped burials here. town information. [High school project. June 2009] NEW CEMETERY: A new cemetery on land 1 morgi [size] eventually enlarged to 2.8 hectares on Placu 23 Stycznia at ul. Konopnickiej and ul Slowacki. Further land purchases came in 1824 and 1905. Fenced on one side with an impressive and decorative iron fence between pillars with the other three sides having a brick wall. In 1873, the tahara was added. The Nazis destroyed both cemeteries removing matzevot for construction work like paving streets or constructing the fence at Placu 23 Stycznia. After WWII, the site was used for horticulture and eventually a park. In the 1970s ,the City Greenery Department built a Schools Team Building. A 2006 renovation of Placu 23 Stycznia revealed many gravestones and more than 1,000 fragments. The discovered matzevot are to become two lapidaria in the local Jewish cemeteries. photos. [June 2009]


Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2009 03:02. Accessed August 1, 2017.

Refer to the sidebar of Related Projects for a new Project listing all of the synagogue head of household members in 1896.

Yad Vashem database includes about 600 individuals with a connection to Ostrowo who perished in the Holocaust. Many records have Page of Testimony documentation, a rich source of genealogical information. Submitters of the Page of Testimony may also be researched to discover additional connections.