RESOURCES & PARKLANDS
Jewish Central Poland is surprising diverse in terms of economic activities. First and foremost is the agricultural sector.
Upon the retreat of the glacial ice age, the watershed of the Vistula provided nourishment for a once vast forested region and magnificent parklands no longer present across the country. These once virgin timberlands have been lost to encroaching forestry denudation caused by agricultural expansion and human activities. Today, these areas are nonrestricted to a few large regions designated a Poland’s parklands.
One of the largest is the Gostynin and Włocławek Landscape Park (Gostyninsko-Wloclawski Park)—forming part of the largest forest in the area—stretching along the southern banks of the Vistula between Plock and Wloclawek and south almost to Kowal and Gostynin. Themap also indicates smaller scattered forested lands throughout the area, slightly smaller than in the 1800’s when Jewish families began to settle in this area.
Not surprisingly, the forest provided substantial opportunities for enterprising entrepreneurs in the Jewish community and many were involved in managing the forest lands for absentee landlords and hiring local workers to cut trees and deliver to their destinations.
Unfortunately, these forested land were also the scenes of devastation for the Jewish Community during the Holocaust!