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OMRF founder and JRI-Poland Executive Director Stanley Diamond M.C.M. is presented with the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada.

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Ostrów Mazowiecka Yizkor Book (# 2) Now Available in English Translation

The English translation of the 1966 Yizkor Book for Ostrow Mazowiecka is now in print. It differs from the 1960 Yizkor Book in that it has a narrower focus - on the religious leaders and Orthodox community of the town (mainly the Chasidim, but not exclusively) - and is entirely in Hebrew, rather than a combination of Yiddish and Hebrew. There is some overlap with the 1960 book, but written with more details about, and an appreciation of the role of, the religious leaders and their accomplishments. 

More information on Yizkor books #1 and #2

The printed edition also includes annotations with additional information about the town's rabbis and added sections (not in the original book) on the last day of the town's Jewish community, maps of locations in the town, and  pictures, from postcards and other sources and made available by descendants of the town's Jewish residents, of the town and those who lived there.

Click here for more details and information on how to purchase a copy of this book.

 

Ostrów Mazowiecka

Ostrów Mazowiecka (commonly called “Ostroveh” by the Jewish inhabitants) is 92 kilometers (57 miles) northeast of Warsaw, on the Grzybowka River and along the main highways from Warsaw up to the towns of Lomza, Zambrow, Bialystok and beyond.

According to Encyclopedia Judaica, those who succeeded in settling in Ostrow came mostly from central Poland and Lithuania, and as a result they developed a special Yiddish dialect combining the characteristics of both areas. The dialect more closely resembles the northern, Lithuanian pronunciations, suggesting that the influence from that region was stronger, an observation also made by a 1995 local history of the town. ...excerpt by Michael Richman

View Ostrów Mazowiecka via MapQuest 52°48´ N, 21°54´ E, or view a variety of maps through link at left. For information about Ostrów Mazowiecka today, view the city's website at www.ostrowmaz.pl.

Michael Richman and the Ostrów Mazowiecka Research Family

Read about one man's quest to find his family's history in Ostrów Mazowiecka and surrounding towns. Click here.

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