Poznan (Posen: PINNE, WRONKE,BIRNBAUM, TIRSCHTIEGEL)
Poznan, Poland: Posen, and was part of Prussia (and hence Germany) between 1793 and 1918 (except for a Napoleonic interuption between 1807 and 1815). Wronke is now Wronki
Zeilberg Family trip to Wronke exerpts: "Discovering Roots Society Poznan". Contact person, Katarzyna GRYCZA ("Kasia") (firstname.lastname@example.org). Does genealogical research in the Polish State archives for many people from whole over the world, including Israel and Australia.
Wronki, the synagogue now an appliance store with RTV and MARS signs. There are two "CIEMENTA JADOWSKI"s (Jewish cemeteries). One was called BOREK ("wood"), and the other SAMODZ ("over the bridge"). We went to BOREK, that is indeed in a wood, and is situated between the Wronki prison (called "The University" by the townspeople) and the AMICA plant.
Posen - (Province of)
Poznan was known as Posen and part of the German province of Silesia though this is not quite true. Katowitz, Oppein and Breslau belonged to Silesia, Poznan -- not. It was (and still is) one of the greatest city of Wielkopolska region. Poznan was a part of Poland again in November 1918.
A list showing most of the hundreds of town name changes from German to Polish 19th century Posen Province.
During the 19th century, the Prussian province of Posen was called Wielkopolska until 1793. It meant "Greater Poland".
This area was the historical center of origin of the Polish Nation in the 10th century and has always been one of the richest and most developed provinces of Poland.
From the Second Partition (1793) until the end of WWI (1919), this part of the world was a Prussian province, except for the decade in the early 1800s when Napoleon was in control. More information
In 1836, a list was published of "The Naturalized Jews of the Grand Duchy of Posen 1834-35". Edward David Luft authored a book in 1987 that included the list, more than 5,000 persons, with additional commentary and maps. More information is available at
The Jewish population of Posen was almost depleted by emigration even before the area became part of Poland after WW I. This explains the lack of a Yizkor book.
Steven Fischbach has compiled an InfoFiles for Jewish genealogists with ancestors in Posen; it is in the JewishGen InfoFiles and contains background references.
Death Books 1831-1835, Posen
Heppner & Herzberg wrote a 2-volume book on the "History of Jews in Posen", but it is long out of print and printed in German.
Volume 2 has a history for each of the 131 communities of Posen that had Jewish community.
Volume 1 is easy to obtain by Interlibrary loan, but Volume 2 may be found at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in the US.
"Jews in the Province of Posen" Authored by Michael Zarchin is also out of print, but may be available in used book shops or on the Internet. Try my link to www.Amazon.com
Check out Ruben Frankenstein's web site where you will find a translation of a 1909 German article on Jewish emigration from Posen.