Ukr. Юзефув, Yid. יוזעפוף
Books printed in Józefów met with resistance from the state and from the rabbinical censorship. In a letter to Zamoyski, one censor called them “highly” sensitive.
It happened in 1926. (...) The old printing house that was the property of Zecer and Rener family had become an utter wreck over the years. It was believed in the town that the place was haunted. Local inhabitants suspected that demons were raving there at nights. Though by means of education superstitious beliefs in evil spirits was minimized in those days, the authorities, probably just to be on the safe side and not to cast an evil spell, decided to tear the ruins of the printing house down.
Demons in the ruins of the printing house
Rabbi from Radzyń arrived in Józefów not without a reason. He intended to print his new work, dedicated to Halahah (the so called Judaism law), in the local printing house. Rabbi had spent in Józefów many days, when out of the blue… Engrossed in correcting and rubbing off the mistakes, he suddenly heard something that made him become all ears.
Other wonders performed in Józefów by shammash Berele