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Jewish Families of Radenin, Czech Republic

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This project seeks to document the Jewish families of Radenin


Earliest known Jewish community was before 1723. 1930 Jewish population was 9. Jews moved to big towns after 1848; independent congregation disbanded after 1921. Birthplace of prominent Czechoslovak diplomat Gustav Winter (1899-1943). The landmarked Jewish cemetery originated before 1723 with last known Conservative or Progressive/Reform Jewish burial in 1940-42. Choustnik (German: Chaustnik), 4 km away, used site. The isolated rural slight slope has no sign or marker. Reached by turning directly off a public road, access is open to all via a continuous masonry wall and non-locking gate. The pre- and post-WWII size of cemetery is 0.1403 ha.

100-500 stones date from 1741-20th century. The granite and sandstone flat shaped stones, finely smoothed and inscribed stones, flat stones with carved relief decoration, double tombstones or multi-stone monuments have Hebrew, German and Czech inscriptions. The cemetery has no known mass graves but has a pre-burial house. Praha Jewish community owns site used as a cemetery. Adjacent properties are agricultural. Occasionally, private visitors and local residents stop. Vandalism occurred during World War II, occasionally 1945-1991. Local non-Jewish residents and individuals or groups of non-Jewish origin did restoration occasionally before 1970. There is no maintenance. Serious threat: vegetation. Moderate threat: uncontrolled access, weather erosion, pollution and vandalism. Slight threat: existing and proposed nearby development.

Radenin Jewish Cemetery (IAJGS Jewish Cemetery Project)

"Founded before 1723, original gravestones are from the mid-18th century. Funerals were provided into beginning World War II (1939). Style of gravestones is baroque and classicist. Cemetery served for Radenin, Plana nad Luznici, Chynov and next. Place by the roadside into Kozmice evokes incommutable atmosphere and is expressive scenic element. It was declared as Cultural Monument in 1958." According to this, restoration was underway.

Radenin - zidovsky hrbitov

Familianten are recorded in the following book in archive NAD 29 at Vademecum:

Jewish censuses: Transcriptions of the censuses of Tábor District between 1783 and 1799 are available in PDF files at the site Soupisy Soupisy židovského obyvatelstva v Čechách, 1723/1724–1811 / Census lists of Jews in Bohemia, 1723/1724–1811. (Note: Page numbers indicate primary Radenín pages. Check the rest of the files for other individuals with Radenín connections.)

The following general censuses for Radenín may also contain Jewish families:

Metrical books of Radenín in the archive NAD 144 contain records of births (N = narozených), marriages (O = oddaných), and deaths (Z = zemřelých), formerly at Badatelna, now at Vademecum:

The "control" registry books of nearby Hroby (now part of the municipality of Radenín) in the archive NAD 29 duplicate the birth records of Radenín and cover marriages and deaths in the period 1843–1862, which are missing from the Radenín books:

A partial index of Radenín birth records, including births not recorded in the extant registry books, is contained in the index book of the nearby town of Choustník:

List of all Jewish families in Radenín, Oblajovice, Wltschowetz (Vlčeves), and Hammer (Kozmice) as of 1787 by household, with the "old" and "new" names of the inhabitants: found in HBMa 1749, images 57–67; transcription by Miles Rind in a PDF document here.