The History of Siedlce

Siedlce is a county town within the area of Województwo Mazowieckie, located around 100 km east of Warsaw, on the main road from Berling through Warsaw to Minsk and Moscow. Siedlce was and still is a major intersection for railways leading fron south and west towards the north and the east. Just before WW-II there were around 40,000 citizens in Siedlce, from whom about 40% were Jews, living mainly in the city center.

During World War I

When World War I broke out, the Russian military command of the area headed by General Danielov was located in Siedlce. The Russians were about to deport the

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After World War I

Towards the end of the First World War, when Polish Legions organized struggle for Polish independence led by Pilsudski, Jewish volunteers from Siedlce joined one of these legions, which

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The post-war period

These words, describing a visit to Siedlce after the war, are excerpts from M. Tzanin’s book, “Tel Olam: a journey through 100 destroyed communities.” Translated from Hebrew by Mr.

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