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Jewish Families from Děčín (Tetschen), Bohemia, Czech Republic

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  • Paul Stransky (1905 - 1985)
    His sister Anna was born two years later than him also in Vienna. The family lived in the 18th District. His father Emil died in 1937 and was buried in the Jewish cemetery in Vienna. The Meldezettel (i...
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    John Lederer (c.1926 - d.)
    Born in Czechoslovakia John's Czech name was Hansi. He and his mother Franzi and sister Eva fled the Nazis and settled in free France on the Atlantic coast before the Vichy Government began to send the...
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    Eva Gabrielle Tiano (1921 - 2007)
    Year 1921 (Record delivered in view of marriage) Extract from the Registry of Births: of the religious Isrealite Community of Bodenbach, Volume I, page 64, No. 258. Date of birth (day, month, year,...
  • Margit Rudolf (1918 - 1999)
    Margit Rudolf settled in Wisconsin in Green Bay with her husband Honza (Jan) Rudolf who was Catholic. They had two sons Honza and Charles. The older son lives in Davenport, Iowa. His name is Honzik (Jo...
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    Karel Lederer (1890 - c.1965)
    He lived in Decin, a Czech town on the German border in Bohemia. He married Francis KONIRSCH in Decin and he had a business selling machine parts for newspaper printing presses. The house he and his fa...

This project seeks to collect all of the Jewish families from the town of Děčín (Tetschen), Bohemia, Czech Republic.

From Děčín, German Tetschen, city, northwestern Czech Republic, in the gorge of the Elbe (Labe) River and near the German border. Dominated by its 18th-century castle on a 165-foot (50-metre) crag, it is the economic and cultural centre of a scenic tourist region noted for its deep valleys and rock formations. Founded in the 12th century, Děčín was strongly German until World War II. It is an active river port, once the headquarters of the Elbe boatmen’s syndicate. Industries include metalworking and the manufacture of paper, textiles, and chemicals. Pop. (2007 est.) 52,165.

From the International Jewish Cemetery ProjectDECIN: Decin, Bohemia photos and synagogue photos. The Jewish synagogue in Decin is situated only a few hundred meters from the Decin municipality part, Podmokly. The synagogues origin is connected a large financial collection carried out in 1882 among the local businessmen. Eventually the synagogue was built and consecrated in 1907 by Rabbi Max Freud. Services took place here until 1938. Even though Decin was part of the Sudety, the synagogue was not destroyed and survived the World War II. During the war it served as a storage place and later as an aircraft modeling workshop. Not much changed after the war when the synagogue was turned into a district archive. The building was returned to the Jewish community in 1996. map [February 2009]

About 50 stones were removed from the cemetery in Podmokly-Rozbelesy to Decin and then subsequently sold or stolen. Vandalized in 1953-1970, the site was finally liquidated and became a garden. [February 2009]

Alternate names: Decin [Cz], Tetschen [Ger], Tetschen-Bodenbach. In Sudetenland before WWII. Encyclopedia of Jewish Life (2001), p. 299: "Decin". General information about the Decin region.The Decin Jewish Community founded on 30th July 1887 had 162 members. 1930 Jewish population was 400. After 1938, the Jewish Community ceased to exist. In 1994 the Town Hall gave returned the synagogue to the Jewish Community and landmarked it in 1996. In 1997, total reconstruction began on the synagogue in very bad condition. [February 2009]

Jewish community:� �idovsk� obec D??�n, �i�kova 4, 405 02 Dicin IV, Czech Republic. Telephone: +420 412 531 095. Head of Decin Jewish Community, Vladimir Posko?il and Deputy Head of Decin Jewish Community: Mrs. Zinaida Kirillova. Web site [February 2009]

US Commission No. CZCE000075 [also used cemetery at Teplice-Sobedruhy until 1890; Podmokly, part of Decin] Alternate name: Tetschen; Tetschen-Bodenbach c. Decin-Podmokly in German. Decin is located in Bohemia, Decin at 50.47 14.13', 16 km NE of Usti nad Labem. 11 miles NE of Usti nad Labem, near the German border Cemetery: 2 km E cadastre of Folknare (German: Falkenberg). Present town population is 25,000-100,000 with 10-100 Jews.

Town: Metsky urad, magistrate: ing.Z.Kropacek, Mirove namesti 5, 405 02 Decin; tel. 0412/288-11. Regional: Okresni Urad, Referat Kultury, 28 rijna (street), 405 01; tel. 0412/285-41 AND Zidovska Nabozenska Obec, Moskevska 26, 400 01 Usti nad Labem. Interested: Stani Zidovske Muzeum, Jachymova 3, 110 01 Praha 1; tel. 02/231-07-85 or 231-06-34; AND Okresni Muzeum, (Director Mr. Rosenkranz) Cs.mladeze 1, 405 02 Decin; tel. 0412/223-44. Other sources: Hrbitovni sprava (directory of cemeteries) Ms. J.Parakova, Teplicka (street) 405 01 Decin; tel. 0412/262-41 AND Ms. J. Kocianova, Jedlika cp.51, 407 22 Benesov nad Ploucnici ; AND Ms.I.Placha, Zahradnictvi, 405 01 Decin; tel. 0412/273-91 (Gardening on the place of abolished). Earliest known Jewish community was Jewish congregation for Podmokly and Decin (seat in adjoining town of Podmokly) founded 1887. 1930 Jewish population was 515 for merged towns Decin-Podmokly. [Jewish population: 162 (in 1887), 515 (in 1930)] The unlandmarked Jewish cemetery originated in 1952 with last known Progressive/Reform or Orthodox Jewish burial probably before 1956. The suburban hillside, part of a municipal cemetery, has no sign or marker. Reached by turning directly off a private road, access is open with permission via continuous masonry wall and locking gate. The approximate size of cemetery is now about 6300 sq m ha. No stones are in original locations. The cemetery has no special sections or known mass graves. Within the limits of the site is a pre-burial house. A private owner uses it for crops or animal grazing and gardens. Adjacent properties are agricultural and municipal cemetery. Rarely, private visitors stop. Vandalism occurred 1945-1981 (vandalized probably 1953-70) and removed about 1975. There is no maintenance. Slight threat: vegetation.

Jan Marek, Na hranici 208, 405 05 Decin and Jiri Fiedler, z"l, Brdickova 1916, 155 00 Praha 5 completed survey on 25 May 1992. No documentation was used. The site was not visited. Dr Rosenkranz (see above) was interviewed in 1992.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2009 13:44"

Yad Vashem holds records on about 140 individuals connected to Decin, however one must use Decin as your first search term and then use the German name Tetschen as a second search term. Results overlap to some extent. It is characterized as being in Czechoslovakia in both cases.