To the memory of the child Szaja Wizenberg and his parents Itzhak and Perl ne'e Bursztejn from Wysokie Mazowiecki who perished in Auschwitz.


The Memorial of the Jews of Wysokie Mazowiecki in Holon Cemetery, Israel

SEFER ZIKARON - The Memorial Book of Wysokie Mazowiecki, editor: Y. Rubin, Published by the Wysokie Mazowiecki Society in Israel, Tel Aviv, 1977, 280 pages, H.Y.E.

The Martyrs List of The Holy Communities of Wysokie Mazowiecki and Jablonka; May God Revenge Their Blood

PRESS RELEASE from Michael Traison , August 9th 2000

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There is an exciting story underway in this small town one half hour's drive from Bialystock. Once eighty percent Jewish and now typical of such towns throughout Poland, Judenrein, the Jewish cemetery had become a sea of weeds and bush and trees covering a few strewn about matzevot dating back two or three centuries. The place was called the Jewish Forest by the local kids. It was unmolested and remained undisturbed for the last sixty years.
Now through a local initiative led by the mayor, the local Polish Catholics have taken it upon themselves to resurrect the cemetery as a memorial to the exterminated Jewish Community of Wysokie. The mayor has directed his city's landscaping and grounds keeping department to remove the brush and clear the growth. Matzevot will be lifted from where they lie and will be cemented to stand again. A small symbolic fence will outline the borders of the cemetery and a monument will be erected at the street inscribed with the history of Wysokie's lost civilization.
This project stands as a memorial to the kedoshim who perished at the hands of the Nazi beast, as a testimony to be read by the youth of Wysokie to know more about those who walked their streets before them, as a sign to the Jewish world that good and decent people, sharing a common faith, if a different religion, exist in this land, and as an example to other towns throughout Eastern and Central Europe as to what they can do.
Michael Traison
An Appeal to all Wysokie Mazowieckie Jewish Survivors and Descandants
I am searching for people who have an interest in the town of Wysokie Mazowiecki, Poland, and more particularly, those with family roots in the area. I am working with the town and its people to restore the Jewish cemeteries there and am searching for anyone who might also have an interest in this type of project so they might become involved or even just be aware of the great efforts being made by the town and its people. In my search for interested parties, I have been referred to you and am writing to seek your support and/or interest. Please read the information below and contact me if you have any comments you wish to enlighten me with or if you have any interest in getting involved. I thank you for your time and your kind consideration.
Michael Traison
A Map
List of 19th Century Jewish SURNAMES of Wysokie:
The Grand Synagogue of Wysokie Mazowieckie

SEFER ZIKARON - The Memorial Book of Wysokie Mazowiecki, editor: Y. Rubin, Published by the Wysokie Mazowiecki Society in Israel, Tel Aviv, 1977, 280 pages, H.Y.E.

The History of Wysokie
Source: Yad Vashem: Pinkas Hakehilot, Encyclopaedia of Jewish Communities: Poland Vol. IV Warsaw and Its Region, pages 190-193 - translation from Hebrew. Submitted by Yale Reisner of the Lauder Jewish Geneology Project at the Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw

























Early History
Wysokie Mazowieckie is first documented as a rural settlement in the year 1239. It is mentioned as an urban settlement in 1494 and acquired town status in 1502 from King Aleksander of Poland. Its privileges were confirmed anew by King Zygmunt III and by Poland's last king, Stanislaw August Poniatowski. It was from King Stanislaw August that Wysokie Mazowieckie received the right to host annual fairs and weekly market gatherings. Wysokie Mazowieckie was initially the private holding of the Princes Radziwill of Nieswierz. From 1582 to 1670, the town belonged to the Counts Potocki. In 1580, there were 33 houses on the marketplace and 110 houses along city streets. Wysokie Mazowieckie was destroyed in the war with the Swedes in the mid-17th century and only 580 residents remained. It was reconstructed in the 18th century. In 1799, there were already 134 homes and 860 residents. During the third Polish partition in 1795, Wysokie Mazowieckie was annexed to Prussia. In 1807, it became part of the Duchy of Warsaw and in 1815 part of the Russian-controlled Kingdom of Poland. In 1866, Wysokie Mazowieckie is referred to as a provincial capital. Among those who sustained the local economy were many artisans and Wysokie Mazowieckie was noted particularly as a center for the fur trade; furriers' and shoemakers' guilds existed as early as the 16th century. At the end of the 18th century, there were 22 furriers, 24 shoemakers and 12 bakers in Wysokie Mazowieckie In the 19th century, several factories were opened in Wysokie Mazowieckie (beer breweries, liquor distilleries and others).
We have documentation of the Jews of Wysokie Mazowieckie beginning with the 17th century. At a session of the Council of the Four Lands [the so-called "Jewish Parliament"] in 1725, there is record of a dispute between the communities of Wegrow and Ciechanowiec as to under whose authority the Wysokie Mazowieckie community fell. The two communities presented their arguments, but they lacked written documentation and the discussion hinged on oral arguments alone.
The Council decided to put off a decision until its next session which was to take place in the winter of 1725-1726 and "until that time, neither community shall have any authority over Wysokie Mazowieckie and taxes collected for the royal treasury shall be credited evenly to the two communities." About forty years later, in 1765, the Wysokie Mazowieckie community is mentioned as an independent community supporting its own rabbi and beadle. In the census of that year, a parnas [community chairman], a deputy parnas and a government supervisor are also mentioned.
In the 19th century, the numberof Jews Wysokie Mazowieckie increased. At the start of the century, a wooden synagogue was built. The building burned to the ground in one of the conflagrations that pesthrough the town. In 1879, a new brick synagogue was constructed.
As in all Polish towns, most of the Jews made their livings from petty trade and day labor. In Wysokie Mazowieckie , there were a few lumber traders, grain traders and horse traders. Some dealt in the export of products to East Prussia. Amongst the craftsmen were tailors, shoemakers, hatmakers, carpenters and builders. The main trading days were the market days which took place on Mondays and Thursdays. Only a few of Wysokie Mazowieckie 's Jews were well-off. The exception was the Frumkin family which was among the wealthiest and best-connected families in Lithuania and Byelorussia and which had extensive land holdings in the area. One branch of the family lived in Wysokie Mazowieckie Members of the family were philanthropists, giving aid to the local poor. In the early 20th century, the family left Wysokie Mazowieckie and moved its homestead to Grodno.
At the start of the 20th century, the boycott declared by the extreme Polish nationalists (the Endecja) against Jewish merchants took hold in Wysokie Mazowieckie. This campaign was led in Wysokie Mazowieckie by the local priest.
In Wysokie Mazowieckie the religious lifestyle was maintained with rigor and zeal. Most of the local Jews were Mitnagdim [anti-Hasidic], but, as time went on, many Hasidim came on the scene, gathering about the courts of various Hasidic rebbes. From 1833, Rabbi Meir Horowitz was rabbi in Wysokie Mazowieckie. After him, in 1853, the rabbi was Elazar Shlomo Weler, who held the post until 1892. His place was taken by his son, Ajzyk Jakub Weler, in 1893, who write "Bris Ojlem," a volume of rabbinical response. After his death in 1902, Rabbi Aron Jakub Perlman was elected rabbi and he officiated until the Holocaust in which he perished.
In Wysokie Mazowieckie there were traditional cheders in which the youngest children studied. The older ones would travel to yeshivas, usually to Lomza. During WW I, a "reformed cheder" was established and the foundations were laid for a Yiddish-language school. A public library was also opened and a Maccabi sports club formed.
Until the outbreak of WW I, there were no Jewish political parties in town; yet, there appear to have been Zionists in Wysokie Mazowieckie, since, every year on the eve of Yom Kippur, funds were collected for the Jewish National Fund.
At the time of WWI, under German occupation, social and cultural life developed amongst the Jews of Wysokie Mazowieckie. At this time, a branch of Tzeirei Zion [Zionist Youth] was formed and an adjacent clubhouse was set up.
In 1916, a Zionist Federation was created in Wysokie Mazowieckie In 1917, branches of Poalei Zion [Labor Zionists] and Mizrachi [Religious Zionists] were established. With the Second Aliyah, some Wysokie Mazowieckie Jews left for Palestine and a few served in the Jewish Brigade that was formed during WWI. After the war, these veterans were among the first settlers of Ein Harod. Jews from Wysokie Mazowieckie were also among the settlers of Hadera.
Wysokie Mazowieckie was damaged in the battles that surrounded it during WWI and, as a result of the war's paralysis of trade and handicrafts, there developed shortages of food and basic manufactured products. In this situation, the number of unemployed Jews grew. The community tried to help its poorest members and set up a public kitchen, which distributed about 200 meals a day free of charge.
Between the Two World Wars
In 1919, Jews were attacked by soldiers of General Haller's army. These soldiers searched Jewish homes and seized merchandise and valuables. The situation worsened in 1920-1921 during the Polish-Bolshevik War. Then a local division formed including several Jews. This formation fought the Bolsheviks and even succeeded in chasing them out of town. Thirteen Jews died in these battles. As they withdrew, the Bolsheviks took 230 Jews hostage. The Polish Army succeeded in freeing them, but the freed Jews fell victim to the attacks of bandits who beat and robbed them. The newspaper Kurier Warszawski reported at the time that the events in Wysokie Mazowieckie clearly indicate that the Jews were being "victimized not only where they were accused of supposed treason against the Poles, but even where they stood shoulder-to-shoulder and fought alongside them against the enemy." The paper called for the perpetrators to be brought to trial and punished.
The Jewish Parliamentary Caucus in the Sejm submitted a request to the Interior Minister calling for an investigation. The police intervened and life returned to its normal patterns.
During this period, the Jews of Wysokie Mazowieckie continued to make their livings from petty trade and handicrafts. They purchased agricultural produce from local farmers and sold them manufactured goods and handicrafts. Most Jews were poor; only a few prospered -- they rented stands of timber from the estate owners for cutting. Non-Jewish factories -- sugar mills, beer breweries and brick factories -- did not hire Jews. But even in the flour mill, which was owned by Jews, very few Jews were employed. Since the nearest railway station was about seven kilometers away, some Jews earned their keep transporting people and cargo to and from the station.
In 1925, a Jewish Cooperative Bank was established in W.M, which gave out loans to the needy under favorable conditions. The bank was established by merchants' associations and the craftsmens' guilds. Their cooperation lasted three years. The bank remained in the hands of the craftsmen and the merchants created a "Merchants' Bank" which served them. The two banks co-existed until WWII. In addition to the banks, there was a Gemilus Chasodim [Free Loan Society] which granted interest-free loans.
In Wysokie Mazowieckie there was an array of traditional Jewish charitable organizations, e.g. Hachnosas Kallah [Aid to Needy Brides], Hachnosas Orchim [Aid to Visitors], and Bikur Cholim [Aid to the Sick]. In the thirties, a small hospital was established.
During the inter war period, Jewish education continued to center around the Talmud Torah which opened ceremoniously with rabbis and community leaders from Warsaw and neighboring cities in attendance. For fifteen years, there was a yeshiva directed by Rabbi Jakub Stawisker. In 1922, the government opened a public elementary school for Jewish children ("Szabasowka" -- closed on Saturdays), but only girls studied there. This school functioned until 1933. In that year, classes began to take place on Saturdays as well and it became a regular public school in which both Jews and non-Jews studied. For a short time, there was a public high school in Wysokie Mazowieckie and a small number of Jewish students continued their studies there after completing elementary school. The high school soon turned into a trade school. In 1933, when the Szabasowka became a regular school, an effort was undertaken by Zionist leaders to open a Tarbut (Hebrew-language) school. The campaign succeeded and the school opened in 1934. Each year, a new class was added. This school had its own building.
At this time, most of the community was overwhelmingly Zionist. Branches of nearly all the Zionist parties then active in Poland existed. In the early twenties, a chapter of HeHalutz ["The Pioneer"] was formed and it created an agricultural training center on a nearby farm. It soon became a regional center for such training. In 1927, a chapter of HaShomer HaLeumi ["The National Guard"] was formed and later HaNoar HaZioni ["Zionist Youth"]. In the early thirties, a Revisionist Zionist [Betar] group formed. The Zionist parties and their youth movements conducted a broad array of cultural activities and provided evening classes in Hebrew and lectures on a variety of subjects. The balance of power amongst the competing Zionists movements and their influence in the Zionist camp were reflected in the elections of delegates to the Zionist Congresses in which about 300 voters participated. In th1935elections, the votes broke down as follows: Al HaMishmar -- 92, Et Livnot -- 10, Mizrachi -- 97, Poalei Zion -- 133. In the elections for the final pre-Holocaust con(1939), therwere 500 voters. Mizrachi had 45 votes, HaNoar HaZioni 207, and the Labor Israel Bloc 125.
Only a few belonged to the Bund. Agudat Israel was influential among the Hasidim. A small number of Jews belonged to the illegal Communist Party. The Zionists controlled the community council. In the 1931 community elections, the Zionists took 4 of eight seats, Mizrachi had two, Aguda one and the Independent List one. In the 1939 Town Council elections, Jews took three out of twelve seats.
Anti-Semitic propaganda increased during the 1930s and there were riots in 1936. On a regular market day, groups of violent youths, joined by local farmers from the vicinity, attacked Jewish stores and stalls, stole merchandise and beat storekeepers and their family members. There were also attempts to break into Jewish homes. Three Jews were injured and taken to hospitals in Warsaw and Lomza. The police arrested twenty rioters and they were tried for disturbing the peace. Thirteen were sentenced to short prison terms; the others were released. The Warsaw appeals court confirmed the rulings, but waived punishment for six of the sentenced youth due to their young age.
During World war II
German units entered Wysokie Mazowieckie on 10 September 1939. As they did in many places, the Germans immediately launched attacks on the Jews and set fires, burning most of the homes in the town. On 12 September 1939, the Germans rounded up all the men, about 1000 all told, Jews and Poles alike, from age 17 and up, in the Catholic Church which had survived the fires. After two days, the arrested were taken from the church to forced labor in Zambrow; about 800 men were sent to the Schtalbach camp in East Prussia. On 19 September 1939, the Germans ordered the Jewish residents of Wysokie Mazowieckie to leave town; within 24 hours, they were forced into the Soviet zone.
On 26 September 1939, the Germans left Wysokie Mazowieckie, as Wysokie Mazowieckie had been ceded to the Soviets under the Soviet-German accords. Jewish prisoners in German hands were released and returned to their families. For a year and a half, Wysokie Mazowieckie was under Soviet rule. The Jews tried to adjust to the new situation. They rebuilt their homes, created cooperatives of craftsmen, the children attended the Soviet Jewish school. Some of the old Jewish communists assisted the Soviet rulers for ideological reasons. Some served in the city administration and in the militia. In early 1941, there were about 1100 Jews in Wysokie Mazowieckie. In 1940-1941, many of the youth were drafted into the Red Army.
On 23 June 1941, the Germans recaptured Wysokie Mazowieckie. Murders, persecutions, forced labor and attacks were the order of the day. Anti-Semitic Poles among the local population joined with the occupiers and looted whatever came to hand. In the first days of the occupation, Szymon Tenenbaum and Szmul Grynberg were executed, allegedly as Communists. In July 1941, a Judenrat was formed with 13 members. At the same time, the yellow badge was decreed for Jews: All Jews, men and women, from age 15 and up, were required to wear a yellow patch on their clothing (front and rear) and, initially at least, a yellow ribbon on their sleeve. In late August 1941, a few days before Rosh Hashanah 5702, the ghetto was created. Christians living in the ghetto area were forced out and were given formerly Jewish homes instead. The ghetto, which included the Market Square, was surrounded with barbed wire. The entrance was guarded by Polish police and order inside the ghetto was maintained by a Jewish police force, created by order of the Germans. Into the three streets that comprised the ghetto were herded hundreds of displaced Jews, brought to Wysokie Mazowieckie from nearby communities: Czyzew, Tykocin, Rutka, Zambrow, Jablonka, Dabrowa and others. In autumn 1941, there were about 2000 people in the Wysokie Mazowieckie ghetto. The Judenrat was compelled to provide 250 workers a day for road building and wood harvesting in the forests. Craftsmen -- shoemakers, tailors, carpenters and tinsmiths -- worked in the countryside and received food in return for their labors. Ghetto residents bartered with residents of the "Aryan side." In return for food, Jews sold off their remaining possessions and personal effects. They didn't always get a fair trade.
The situation worsened further in autumn 1941. Smuggling food from the "Aryan side" became more dangerous. Poverty grew in the ghetto; hunger and illness claimed many lives. Each day, hundreds were taken off to forced labor. For 12 hours of hard labor, workers received 200 grams of bread and thin soup. The job of the Judenrat was to do the Germans' bidding, yet Judenrat members tried to maintain a semblance of normal life and to assist the hungry. Noted for his aid to the poorest of the poor was Judenrat Chairman Alter Zajk and his daughter, Dr. Golda Zajk, who looked after the sick in the ghetto. Hundreds of people received hot meals in the public kitchen established there. Craftsmen working in adjacent villages and were paid with food paid the Judenrat to be exempted from labor details. The poor and needy received assistance from Jewish community coffers.
Liquidation of the ghetto began in early November 1942. In the wee hours of 2 November 1942, Germans and Polish police surrounded the ghetto. They rounded up all the sick in the ghetto and took them out to execution in the fields outside the town. On that day, there arrived in Wysokie Mazowieckie 300 wagons impounded by the Polish police from local farmers. Hundreds of Poles gathered around the ghetto fence awaiting the spoils. The Germans drove the Jews from their homes and didn't even allow them to take personal effects. The Jews of Wysokie Mazowieckie were loaded onto the wagons and sent to the Zambrow camp. The Zambrow camp was liquidated in January 1943 and the Jews there sent to Auschwitz.
Even those who had succeeded in fleeing the ghetto liquidation eventually fell into German hands as a result of reports from Polish informers.
Written by Shmuel Levin and Abraham Kalvan.
Correspondence on the Internet - August 2000

----- Original Message -----
From: Ada Holtzman
To: Traison, Michael H.
Sent: 16 August 2000 15:32

Dear Mr. Traison,

Further my email to you sent earlier this morning, I am very happy to inform you that after a detective work (going to the public library which has the Yizkor book, contacting the editorioal board - most of them already deceased...) I found out there is still an active society here of this small community that once has been in Poland...

The society still keeps annual remembrance assembly every year... The chairman of the organization of the jewish ex residents of Wysokie Mazowiecki in Israel is:
address: 15 Aluf Hanitzachon St.
Ramat Gan 52367

I haven't yet contacted her, but you surly can! She and her lansleit will be thrilled with your project.
God bless you and all the other people involved in your holy venture!
Ada Holtzman

----- Original Message -----
From: Traison, Michael H.
To: 'Ada Holtzman' ;
Sent: 16 August 2000 11:01
Subject: RE: From Ada in Tel Aviv

Shalom Ada

Of the responses I have received to our email, yours is among the most interesting, articulate and helpful. Thank you. I hope you will post the correspondance in your Communities web page. I hope that the Wysokie project will serve purposes far beyond the borders of that community and that as a living memorial for our destroyed community and our murdered people it will become a vehicle for both remembrance and reconcialiation: to reconcile the awful truths of the past and even the pour Jewish committment to tikun olam. I would like you to mail me the article from Pinkas Hakehilot. the best way is either fax to the states at 3134968452 if practical or to mail to mitraison, miller ca, 150 west jefferson, detroit michigan 48226.

Thank you and I hope you wil be a principal part of the team on this undertaking.


----- Original Message -----
From: Ada Holtzman
To: Traison, Michael H.
Sent: 16 August 2000 07:27
Subject: Re: From Ada in Tel Aviv

Thanks for including me in your correspondence.
Please only note that Meirtchak is not in a position to make you contact with Wysokie's survivors! He is not the Landsmanschaften - which in the case of Wysokie Maz does not exists anymore.

I have also to add that the behaviour of the Poles during WWII was completely different than what you dsecribe now to be, and they cooperated very devotedly with the liquidation of the Ghetto and robbery afterwards. I hope the local people who now wish to do something about the memory of the Jews of Wysokie know this sad chapter as well of the history of their town.

I read information about this town in Pinkas Hakehilot of Yad Vashem, Warsaw Region, Jerusalem 1989 (Hebrew) and can mail you the article if you wish. Let me have your snail address.

Last suggestion - I can post the correspondence between you and Jean Pierre Stroweis in my Communities web page - may be others will wish to contact you and learn about this project.

See my Communities web site at:
Ada Holtzman

-----Original Message-----
From: Oliverio, Sandy L.
To: 'Jean-Pierre Stroweis' Cc: 'Ada Holtzman' ; 'Mathilda Tagger' ; Traison, Michael H.
Sent: 09 August 2000 17:06
Subject: RE: From Michael Traison in Warsaw

Dear Jean-Pierre, the following is a press release regarding the work being done to restore the cemetery and a bit of history that we have obtained regarding the town, Wysokie Mazowiecki in Poland, that you and Michael Traison have e-mailed each other about. Michael wanted me to send this to you. We thank you again for your most helpful research and information.

Sandy Oliverio

 -----Original Message-----
From: Traison, Michael H.
Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2000 2:40 AM
To: 'Jean-Pierre Stroweis'; Traison, Michael H.; Michael Traison
Cc: Ada Holtzman; Mathilda Tagger; Oliverio, Sandy L.
Subject: RE: From Michael Traison in Warsaw

My Dear Jean Pierre,

Your response to my inquiry takes my breath away! I do not remember seeing such a thorough and sincere effort for someone and in relationship to some subject, which the day before was unknown to you. I will tell you that I did not need to reach beyond the middle of your responsive email before I had determined to send to you a token of my appreciation and support for your organization. I can send this in Israeli funds shortly and I hope we can meet over a cup of coffee some time during my regular visits to my office in Tel Aviv.
The Wysokie Maz. undertaking is making headlines already. The most significant aspect of the project to restore the cemetery to a symbolic state of remembrance is driven by local Polish residents with whom I am working. It is their devotion and sincere feelings for the memory of the destroyed Jewish Community of Wysokie that strikes a chord in this Jewish heart. As I have proposed it, the restoration project will be a simple one, primarily driven by the local people. Its goals are to establish a memorial to our people, to create a concrete reminder for this generation and its successors that there once walked on these streets thousands upon thousands who shared with today's residents, a common faith even though a different religion, to show others of the hundreds of similar towns what it is possible to do, and to demonstrate to those who are lviing with the horrid memories of awful experiences in this land that lights of goodness are glowing within the hearts of so many normal people.
We will use the information you have worked so hard to assemble here to reach out to those who have a special interest in this place. Thank you again.
Michael Traison

-----Original Message-----

From: Jean-Pierre Stroweis
Sent: Tuesday, August 08, 2000 4:58 PM
To: Traison, Michael H.; Michael Traison
Cc: Ada Holtzman; Mathilda Tagger
Subject: Re: From Michael Traison in Warsaw
Shalom Michael,
My name is Jean-Pierre Stroweis and I am the president of the Israel Genealogical Society, a non profit organization.
Following our phone conversation today, I have checked several resources for you about Wysokie Mazowieckie, to locate Israeli (and non Israeli) survivors of this city, as the city council is now working to restorate the Jewish Cemetery there.
I have looked at my private records as well as the JewishGen web site in particular.
First, I verified in JewishGen 's shtetlseeker database, that Wysockie Mazowieckie is located 15 km South East of Zambrow, 126 km north east of Warsaw, along the Warsaw - Bialystok railroad. Position: Latitude 52°55' N, Longitude 22°31' E -
Then, I found there is no registered landsmanschaft in Israel for this city (from a list of all landsmanschaften, organized in the Center of associations : "Hitachdut Yotzei Polin" in Israel". Maybe there is a small group but not a large organization. I found none as well for Zambrow, the nearest larger city. This is far from telling there are no survivors from the city in Israel. You may contact the President of the Association of former Polish residents in Israel, Eng. Benjamin Meirtchak at . He may be able to put you in contact with survuvors.
Then, I searched in Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, JRI web site if the Mormons had filmed Jewish civil records for the city. I found there are 9 microfilm reels covering very recent period till 1910. The microfilms are:
Type (B=births, M=marriages, D=Death records)
BMD 1826/1848 film 747,730 in Los Angeles and Tel Aviv's Beth Hatefutsoth
BMD 1834/1890 film 1,186,440
D 1848-1880 1,186,438
BMD 1849/1865 747,731 in LA & TA
M 1859/1911 1,046,472 in TA
BMD 1866/1875 1,199,537 in LA
BMD 1872/1936 1,186,439
BMD 1876/1879 1,191,363
BMD 1898/1910 1,186,441
This means that there is an extremely rich basis for genealogists and historians to study the Jewish community of the city. No such a study has started yet to my knowledge.
I checked in JewishGen Yizkor Books database for the coordinate of the Yizkor Book for the city:
Original Title: Wysokie-Mazowieckie; Sefer Zikaron
English Title: Visoka-Mazovietsk
Editor: I. Rubin
Published: Tel Aviv 1975
Publisher: Wysokie-Mazowieckie Society
Volumes: 1
Pages: 280
Languages: Hebrew,Yiddish, and English
This shows that there was a Wysokie-Mazowieckie Society in 1975. The yizkor book can be found (at least) in the following libraries:
Ahad Haam Library, Tel Aviv, Israel, Call No: 933.5(438) 138
Moadon Ha'Bund, Tel Aviv, Israel, Call No: Communities Books Collection
Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, CA, Call No: PS 4M7.39WY
UCLA Research Library, Los Angeles, CA, Call No: DS 135 P62 W888v
University of Judaism, Los Angeles, CA, Call No: 933.501 V832s 1975
Boston Public Library, Boston, MA, Call No: DS135.P62 W888
Harvard University Library, Cambridge, MA, Call No: Heb 16718.402
Brandeis University Library, Waltham, MA, Call No: DS135.P62 W888
Jewish Theological Seminary Library, New York, NY, CalN: DS135 P62 W888 V57
New York Public Library, Jewish Division, New York, NY, Call No: *PXV(Wysolie-Mazowieckie)
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Library, New York, NY, Call No: 9/752
Using the JewishGen Family Finder, I identified a series of genealogists or families with an interest in this city. Maybe from them you will be able to get into contact with the survivors of the Wysokie-Mazowieckie Society.
Actually, my first thought was to consider sending a message to the 2 forums of genealogists that are relevant:
the Jewishgen Forum at
the JRI-Poland Forum at but note that you need to be a subscriber to those SIGs, in order to send them any mesage!
I also suggest you ask the coordinator for JRI in Byalistok province, Sonia Hoffman at and ask them who is interested in this city.
Then I realized that it'd be much better that you formulate exactly what you want to reveal and send directly the message to those forums and indivuduals, so that you'll get directly their feedback.

Jean-Pierre Stroweis
The Israel Genealogical Society

-----Original Message-----
From: Traison, Michael H.
Cc: Rupieta, Marta
Date: Tuesday, 08 August, 2000 14:36
Subject: From Michael Traison in Warsaw
Please contact me if possible with some way that I may communicate with someone from a landsmenshaften for Wysokie Mazowiecke, Poland. There is an urgent need.
Michael Traison

SEFER ZIKARON - The Memorial Book of Wysokie Mazowiecki, editor: Y. Rubin, Published by the Wysokie Mazowiecki Society in Israel, Tel Aviv, 1977, 280 pages, H.Y.E.


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