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Alternate names: Rychwał [Pol], Richvol, ריחוואל [Yid], Rykhval , Рыхвал[Rus]. 52°04' N, 18°10' E, 11 miles SSW of Konin, 14 miles W of Turek, 22 miles N of Kalisz. 1900 Jewish population: 151. Yizkors: Pinkas ha-kehilot; entsiklopediya shel ha-yishuvim le-min hivasdam ve-ad le-aher shoat milhemet ha-olam ha-sheniya: Poland vol. 1: The communities of Lodz and its region (Jerusalem, 1976) and Sefer zikaron le-kehilat Turek ve-li-kedoshehah (Tel Aviv, 1982). Rychwał is a town with 2,367 inhabitants (2004) in Konin powiat, Greater Poland Voivodship. The Jewish congregation dates from before 1764, when 24 Jewish heads of families lived there. [June 2009]

US Commission No. POCE000698

Rychwal in Konin region at 52º04' 18º10', 20 km from Konin. Location of cemetery is ul Zurawin, lots 377 and 380 belonging to the Treasury. The present total poulation is 1000-5000 with no Jews.

  • Town: Burmistrz (Mayor) Andrzej Cholewicki, Plac Wolnosa 14, Rychwat.
  • Regional: Grabow. Irena Sobienejska Panstwowo Sluzby Ochrany lubslow o/w nomini Posudo? [illegible] tel 975-212-936.

The Jewish population before WWII was 400. The unlandmarked Jewish cemetery was established in the 19th century with last known Orthodox (Sephardic) or Progressive-Reform burial in 1939. The isolated suburban flat land has no signs or markers. Reached by turning directly off a public road, access is open to all with no walls, fence, or gate. The approximate size of the cemetery is 40 acres. No stones are visible. Municipality owns site now used for animal grazing. Properties adjacent are agricultural. Rarely, private visitors and local residents stop. The cemetery was vandalized during WWII and not maintained. The cemetery was leveled; there are no traces of graves or burials.

Lucja Pawlicka-Nowak, Porolicka Nawal. ul. 11 distopoda, 15/76 62-510 Konin, tel. 43-4356 visited site and completed survey September 19, 1992 with interviews.

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