General information: First Jewish presence: 1795; peak Jewish population: 197 in 1864; Jewish population in 1936: 56
Summary: The city of Militsch (present-day Milicz, Poland) was visited by merchants on their way to the market in Breslau in the 15th century. Many of these traders were Jewish, and a small number of them settled in Militsch. It was not until the early 18th century, however, that a functioning Jewish community was established there. The modern community consecrated a cemetery in 1811, built a synagogue in 1827 and employed a rabbi in 1845. Local Jews were prominent in their city, and several served on the town council. The Jewish population began to dwindle during the late 1800s; by 1936, the community had ceased to exist. Those five Jews who still lived in Militsch on Pogrom Night witnessed the destruction of their synagogue and businesses. Further information about the fate of Militsch’s Jews is unavailable.
Author / Sources: Moshe Finkel
Sources: EJL, LJG
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