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Neogothic St. Margaret's Church
Leoncin is located in Masovian Voivodeship
Leoncin is located in Poland
Coordinates: 52°24′N 20°33′E / 52.400°N 20.550°E / 52.400; 20.550Coordinates: 52°24′N 20°33′E / 52.400°N 20.550°E / 52.400; 20.550
Country Poland
Voivodeship Masovian
CountyNowy Dwór Mazowiecki

Leoncin pronounced [lɛˈɔnt͡ɕin] is a village in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki County, Masovian Voivodeship, in east-central Poland. It is the seat of the gmina (administrative district) called Gmina Leoncin.[1]

Leoncin is approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) north-west of Warsaw. It has a neogothic church from 1885, as well as a wooden chapel dating from the end of the 18th century that is located at a nearby cemetery. It is also famous for being the birthplace of Isaac Bashevis Singer.[2]

20th century[edit]

The Jewish community of Leoncin during the partitions of Poland was considerably small, totalling about 30 business families, some cultivating orchards, others running taverns and crafts manufacture. They were expelled by the Russian Empire during World War I. Only seven were allowed to take along their personal possessions thanks to protest by a New York rabbi, others were not.[2] The Jews returned to Leoncin after the rebirth of sovereign Poland. In 1921, there were 149 Polish Jews in the village according to census, some 51.7 percent of the population. In the following years, due in part to economic difficulties as well as Zionist agitation, many left in search of greener pastures, including the family of Rabbi Pinchas Mendel Zynger, his wife Baszewa, and their children including Icek Hersz Zynger.[2] During the Holocaust in occupied Poland, in the winter of 1940–41 the remaining Jewish inhabitants of Leoncin were deported to a transit ghetto in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki and from there, to extermination camps.[2]


  1. ^ "Central Statistical Office (GUS) - TERYT (National Register of Territorial Land Apportionment Journal)" (in Polish). 2008-06-01.
  2. ^ a b c d Jewish Community in Leoncin on Virtual Shtetl (in Polish). Retrieved 2 October 2015.