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Jewish Families of Trzciel (formerly Tirschtiegel)

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  • Bernhard Friedländer (1844 - 1930)
    Reference: Ancestry Genealogy - SmartCopy : Oct 17 2020, 21:46:02 UTC * Reference: MyHeritage Family Trees - SmartCopy : Oct 17 2020, 21:49:17 UTC
  • Clara Meyerstein (1850 - 1925)
    Reference: MyHeritage Family Trees - SmartCopy : Apr 30 2022, 5:56:29 UTC
  • Louis Friedlaender (c.1842 - 1905)
  • Jacob Friedlaender (1811 - 1883)
    Reference: MyHeritage Family Trees - SmartCopy : Apr 30 2022, 5:16:33 UTC
  • Sally Levy (1866 - 1945)

This is a small town located at 52°22' N 15°52' E 217 mi W of Warszawa. It is about 14 miles from a larger town named Babimost. The Jewish presence in these towns was limited in number in the 1800's and by the 1900 era most people had migrated to larger cities such as Posen or Berlin.

The records on Yad Vashem indicate that 28 people with a birthplace of Trzciel perished in the Holocaust. Further research may modify this number as place names can be confusing. They were residing in Berlin for the most part.

As is the case with over 1000 small towns in Poland the LDS microfilmed all the records available in the 1930's and these are available on loan for investigation. Also the Jewish Records Indexing (JRI) project has details on the web site at of all the towns including Trzciel. Some towns have a coordinator that is working on or has finished transcribing the available BMD vitals for their town.

Edward David Luft 's book The Nauralized Jews of the Grand Duchy of Posen in 1834 and 1835, Revised Edition, Published by Avotaynu in 2004 lists 37 Jews who were granted citizenship in the town of Tirschtiegel.

Additional information directly related to the Jewish population and history of Trzciel can be found at the excellent database at a project by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

From JewishGen Cemetery files:

TRZCIEL: US Commission No. POCE000346 Alternate German name: Tirschtiegel. Located in Gorzow Wlkp province at 52º23' N 15º53' E, 20 km from Miedzyrzecz. Cemetery location: by the road to Jablonka-Tarlak. Present population is 5,000-25,000 with no Jews. -- Town: Urzad Miasta i Gminy Trzciel. -- Local: mgr. Wladyslaw Czrostowski, Wojewodzki Konserwator Zabytkow, 65-413 Gorzow Wlkp, ul. Jagiekonczyka 8, tel. 75-295. -- Regional: (1) Panstwowa Sluzba Ochrony Zabytkow, addrier ul. Soszowize Wlkp; and (2) mgr. Iwona Brzewzecka, at the same address. 1921 Jewish population was 22. The Progressive/Reform Jewish cemetery was established rather late in the 18th century or the turn of the 19th century. No other towns or villages used this unlandmarked cemetery. The isolated suburban flat land by water has no signs or markers. Reached by turning directly off a public road, access is open to all with no walls, fences, or gates. The size of the cemetery before WWII was and is about 0.95 ha. 20-100 gravestones, 1-20 in original positions with less than 25% toppled or broken, date from 1779-20th centuries. There are no structures. The granite and sandstone rough stones or boulders, flat shaped stones, finely smoothed and inscribed stones, flat stones with carved relief decorations, or double tombstones have no other embellishments except Hebrew and German inscriptions. The municipality owns the property used for agriculture. Adjacent property is forest. Rarely, local residents visit. The cemetery was vandalized during World War II with no maintenance or care. Slight threats: weather erosion and vegetation. Moderate threats: security and vandalism. Vegetation overgrowth is a constant problem disturbing graves. Henryk Grecki, 70-534 Szczecin, ul. Soltysia 3/13. tel. 377-41 completed survey on August 14, 1991 using documentation form. No visit.

From the database of Destroyed Synagogues, accessed September 2020:

"Tirschtiegel General information: First Jewish presence: 1745; peak Jewish population: unknown; Jewish population in 1932: 22 Summary: Although it is likely that Jews lived in Tirschtiegel (presentday Trzciel, Poland) in the 17th century, the earliest record of their presence there is dated 1745. Approximately 250 Jews, most of whom were poor, lived in Tirschtiegel in the late 18th century (253 in 1772), at which point plans for the construction of a synagogue were drawn up. Beginning in 1789, the community employed a rabbi. The town was home to a Jewish school (founded in the 19th century); the school was closed down shortly before World War I as a result of low enrollment numbers. Tirschtiegel’s Jewish population dropped markedly during the early 1930s. On Pogrom Night (November 1938), rioters torched the synagogue and demolished the town’s last Jewishowned house. Later, in the spring of 1940 (a slave labor camp for Jews had been established in Tirschtiegel at the beginning of the war) the remaining Jews were interned in a camp near Schneidemuehl and were, later, deported to the East. Today, the site of the former synagogue accommodates a fire station and a storage facility. Author / Sources: Fred Gottlieb Sources: EJL, LJG Located in: Posen-West-Prussia"