General Geography of pre-war Mielec

When learning more about Mielec and its Jewish history, it is important to understand that Mielec is both a town itself and a powiat (similar to a county) that currently encompasses nine towns (called gminas), each of which has several villages/shtetls under its jurisdiction. These borders shifted a lot over the years. People sometimes said they “came from Mielec” where in fact they lived in a small shtetl 20 km away. In addition, there is a second town in the Mielec powiat, Radomyśl Wielki, which had a large population itself.

I generally use this map as my main source of reference when doing research on Mielec and its environs. It is from 1934. You can open the map in a separate tab by clicking here. The original file is 28.8MB – please use the contact page if you wish to have the large one.

Map of the Mielec powiat, 30 Nov 1934

Towns/Shtetls in the Mielec Powiat

Below is a partial list in alphabetical order of the most common towns /shtetls that were at some point part of the Mielec powiat prior to 1945, links to their locations on Google Maps, and known alternate spellings. Towns with one or more Jewish families are noted with surnames known from there (with the exception of the cities of Mielec and Radomysl Wielki, which had many).

  • Gmina Mielec
    • Boża Wola (4 km south of Mielec)
    • Chorzelów (8 km north of Mielec) — BLATTBERG, BRENNER, BRODT, HALLER, HOLZENBERG/KATZENBERG, KANAREK, KORN, THALER, ZUCKERBROT
    • Chrząstów (8 km north of Mielec) — FISCH, VERSTANDIG
    • Goleszów (6 km south of Mielec) — BLATTBERG, FENICHEL
    • Książnice (4 km south of Mielec) — BECK
    • Mielec [Melitz] — MANY NAMES
      • Borek (4 km north of Mielec) — FENICHEL, FORTGANG, FRANZBLAU, HALLER, KAMPF, KORN, LICHTIG, SEIDEN
      • Cyranka – location of the aircraft factory and airstrip (5km north-east of Mielec) — DREISINGER, KORZENNIK, LICHTIG, SITTSAMER
      • Wojsław (4 km south-east of Mielec) — ASCHHEIM, BERGSTEIN, CYTRYN, EISIG, SCHNALL, SEEWALD
    • Podleszany (3 km south-west of Mielec) — BALSAM, BERGSTEIN, FENICHEL, PILCER, SCHNALL
    • Rydzów (9 km south-west of Mielec) — MANSDORF
    • Rzędzianowice (5 km north-west of Mielec) — HERMELE, HONIG, KORN, ROSENBAUM, SEEWALD, SPIRA
    • Szydłowiec (9 km east of Mielec)
    • Trześń (8 km north-east of Mielec)
    • Wola Chorzelowska (7 km north-east of Mielec) — BRENNER, GROSSHAUS
    • Wola Mielecka (5 km west of Mielec) — AMSTERDAM, ASHER, FEUER, HERMELE
    • Złotniki (5 km north-west of Mielec) — MUHLBAUER, ROTTER
  • Gmina Przecław (south of Mielec)
    • Biały Bór (14 km south-east of Mielec) — GERSTEN, HARTMAN, WEISLER
    • Błonie (10 km south of Mielec)
    • Dobrynin (12 km south-east of Mielec)
    • Kiełków (7 km south-east of Mielec) — FRANZBLAU, JOCHNOWICZ, KORN
    • Łączki Brzeskie (12 km south of Mielec) — BISGAIER, GROSS, SAMUEL
    • Podole (12 km south of Mielec)
    • Przecław (11 km south of Mielec) — ADLER. AISLAND, AMSTERDAM, APRIL, BEER, BINENSTOCK, BLUM, BRENNER, DERSHOWICZ, FLAUMENHAFT, GASTWIRTH, GRUNBAUM, HAUSER, HOLLANDER, HOROWITZ, JAM, KLEINMAN, LESZKOWICZ, MAJERICZ, MAYER, MEILECH, MITTELDORF, MUHLBAUER, SCHRAUB, SPIELMAN, WEISS
    • Rzemień (10 km south-east of Mielec) — AMSTERDAM, BUS, KURTZ, SPIELER
    • Tuszyma (11 km south-east of Mielec) — HERZ, LEIMAN
    • Wylów (8 km south of Mielec)
    • Zaborcze (8 km south of Mielec)
  • Gmina Radomyśl Wielki (south-west of Mielec)
    • Dąbie (16 km south-west of Mielec) — GNIEWASCH
    • Dąbrówska Wisłocka (15 km south-west of Mielec)
    • Dulcza Mała (17 km south-west of Mielec) — AMSTERDAM, BERNKOPF EISENBERG, KORN, LICHTBLAU
    • Dulcza Wielka (19 km south-west of Mielec) — ADLER, BARON, KAUFMAN, MONHEIT, WASSERSTRUM
    • Janowiec (20 km south-west of Mielec) — FABRYKANT
    • Partynia (13 km south-west of Mielec) — HONIG, ROTH
    • Pień (15 km south-west of Mielec)
    • Podborze (10 km south-west of Mielec) — MANDEL
    • Radomyśl Wielki [Radomish] (16 km south-west of Mielec) — MANY NAMES
    • Ruda (15 km south-west of Mielec) — BIRNBAUM, GROSS, HAUSER, THALER
    • Żarowka (20 km south-west 9f Mielec) — BISGAIER, GELB, GOLDKLANG, HAUSER, HIRSCH, PISTRONG
    • Zdziarzec (18 km south-west of Mielec)
    • Zgórsko (11 km south-west of Mielec)
  • Gmina Tuszów Narodowy (north of Mielec)
    • Babicha (12 km north of Mielec)
    • Borki Nizińskie (12 km north of Mielec)
    • Chyki-Dębiaki (10 km north-east of Mielec) — STORCH
    • Czajkowa (13 km north-east of Mielec) — GOLDSTEIN, JOCHNOWICZ, KANAREK, KLUGER, SCHNALL
    • Grochowe (13 km north-east of Mielec) — BRENNER, FISCH, SILBER
    • Jaślany (14 km north of Mielec) — ALLWEISS, BEER, BERL, BLITZER, FORTGANG, GROSS, HALLER, HONIG, INGBER, JAM, KORNBLUTH, MUHLBAUER, ROTH, SCHNALL, SCHUSFEL, SPIELVOGEL, STIEGLITZ, WEISEL
    • Józefów (13 km north-east of Mielec) — FISCH
    • Ławnica (7 km north-east of Mielec)
    • Malinie (8 km north of Mielec)
    • Pluty (13 km north-east of Mielec)
    • Sarnów (11 km north-east of Mielec)
    • Tuszów Mały (8 km north of Mielec)
    • Tuszów Narodowy (10 km north of Mielec) — AMSTERDAM
  • Gmina Wadowice Górne (west of Mielec)
    • Borowina (10 km west of Mielec)
    • Grzybów (9 km south-west of Mielec) — GUZIK
    • Izbiska (15 km south-west of Mielec) — KORNBLUTH
    • Jamy (18 km west of Mielec)
    • Kawęczyn (12 km west of Mielec) — ADLER, GOLDKLANG, LICHTBLAU
    • Kosówka (17 km west of Mielec) — GRUN
    • Piątkowiec (7 km west of Mielec)
    • Przebendów (xx km west of Mielec)
    • Wadowice Dolne (14 km west of Mielec) — HOLLANDER, PISKOR
    • Wadowice Górne (11 km west of Mielec) — ADLER, BALAMUT, BERGER, BIRNBAUM, FEINGOLD, FERDERBER, FRIEDMAN, GOLDKLANG, ISAACS, LIND, SEIFTER, WACHTEL, WIESENFELD
    • Wampierzów (12 km west of Mielec) — ADLER, FISCH, GOLDKLANG, LIEB, WADLER, ZWIRN
    • Wierzchowiny (xx km west of Mielec)
    • Wola Wadowska (18 km west of Mielec) — ASHER, ISLER, SOLOMON, TAFLER
    • Zabrnie (17 km west of Mielec)
  • Gmina Czermin (north-west of Mielec)
    • Breń Osuchowski (13 km west of Mielec) — HORN
    • Czermin (10 km north-west of Mielec) — APFELBAUM, BERGAZIN, EISENBERG, HONIG, HORN, LICHTBLAU, MESSINGER, SPIRA, STORCH, WIENER, ZELIG
    • Dąbrówska Osuchowska (10 km west of Mielec)
    • Łysaków (13 km north-west of Mielec) — FINK, FISCH, GROSS, HERMELE, LEIDNER, MECHLOWICZ, SEEWALD
    • Otałęż (17 km north-west of Mielec) — BRAW, WIENER
    • Szafranów (11 km north-west of Mielec)
    • Trzciana (8 km west of Mielec) — AMSTERDAM, ASHER, BRENNER, FEUER, GIDZEYNSKI, HOLLANDER, KLEINBERGER, PITLUK, SEIDEN, TENENBAUM
    • Wola Otałęska (16 km north-west of Mielec) — BERL, BRAW
    • Ziempniów (16 km west of Mielec) — ASCHHEIM, HERMAN, KINSLER, SAFIER
  • Gmina Borowa (north-west of Mielec)
    • Borowa (13 km north-west of Mielec) — BIRNBAUM, BITZERMAN, BORER, BRAND, BUTTERMAN, COHEN, EIGERMAN, FASS, FEIT, FENSTER, FERTIG, FURST, FURSTENZEHL, GREENBERG, GROSS, HERMAN, HEUENBERG, HORN, JAM, KLAGSBRUN, KLEIN, KORN, KORNBLUTH, KORNREICH, KUPPERMAN, LEDERBERGER, MALUWERSCH, MESSINGER, ROSENTHAL, RUBIN, SALPETER, SAMBOR, SOLOMON, SPALTER, STORCH, STRAUSS, TOPPER, VERSTANDIG, WALD, WEINREB
    • Gliny Małe (17 km north-west of Mielec)
    • Gliny Wielkie (15 km north-west of Mielec) — BALSAM, BLATTBERG, GROSS, LANGER, LAUFER, NAGLER, RATTER
    • Górki (xx km north-west of Mielec)
    • Łysakówek (14 km north-west of Mielec)
    • Orłów (9 km north-west of Mielec)
    • Pławo (11 km north-west of Mielec)
    • Sadkowa Góra (14 km north-west of Mielec)
    • Surowa (16 km north-west of Mielec)
    • Wola Pławska (8 km north-west of Mielec) – HONIG, STORCH
  • Gmina Padew Narodowa (north of Mielec)
    • Babule (15 km north-east of Mielec)
    • Domacyny (21 km north of Mielec)
    • Kębłów (17 km north of Mielec)
    • Padew Narodowa (18 km north of Mielec) — BAUMAN, EISEN, FOGEL, GROSS, KIRSCHENBAUM, LESZKOWICZ, MILLER, RUBIN, SCHLUSSEL, SCHRAUB
    • Piechoty (17 km north-east of Mielec)
    • Pierzchne (16 km north of Mielec)
    • Przykop (21 km north of Mielec) — HIRSCHMAN
    • Rożniaty (18 km north of Mielec) — KORNBLUTH
    • Wojków (20 km north of Mielec) — ELFENBEIN, LESZKOWICZ, RAAB
    • Zachwiejów (17 km north-east of Mielec) — BERNAT, KIRSCHENBAUM
    • Zaduszniki (21 km north of Mielec) — SCHNALL
    • Zarównie (17 km north-east of Mielec) — ALLWEISS, KIRSCHENBAUM
  • Gmina Gawłuszowice (north of Mielec)

Online Google Maps of Mielec

Other Historical Maps of Mielec and surrounding towns

1636 Map of Mielec (jpg)

1st Military Survey (1763-1787) of Europe (link to website centered on Mielec)

2nd Military Survey (1806-1869) of Europe (link to website centered on Mielec)

1882 Map of Galicia with Mielec indicated (source feefhs.org) (jpg)

1887 ‘Kadastral’ Map of Mielec showing all house numbers (source PSA Przemysl) (jpg)

1934 Map of Mielec (jpg)

1936 Map of Mielec (jpg)

1942 German Luftwaffe Aerial Photograph of Mielec with location of the Horowitz ohel marked with red circle (jpg)

1942 German Army Hand-Drawn Map of Mielec (jpg)

1942 German Army Hand-Drawn Map of Mielec (same as above) but showing location of ul. Żydowska (Jew street) which no longer exists (jpg)

[this is a screenshot of a Google Map indication the former location of ul. Żydowska (jpg)]

1942 German Luftwaffe Aerial Photograph of KL Mielec in Cyranka (png) — note white dots in center which are German Army tents

April 1944 British RAF Aerial Photograph of Mielec (png) — again note white dots showing German Army tents

August 1944 German Luftwaffe Aerial Photograph of Mielec (jpg)

August 1944 German Luftwaffe Aerial Photograph of Cyranka (jpg) — note again KL Mielec which at this time has been evacuated