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Jewish families from Štenovice (Stienowitz), Bohemia, Czech Republic

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This project seeks to collect all of the Jewish families from the village of Štenovice (Stienowitz) in Bohemia, Czech Republic


Stenovice is located in Bohemia-Plzen-jih (Pilsen-South) at 49º40 13º24, 8 km S of Plzen. Cemetery: 550 meters E of chateau and 700 meters NE of Catholic church.

Earliest known Jewish community was second half of 18th century. 1930 Jewish population was 11. Peak Jewish population was mid-19th century with 32 families. Later, Jews moved to Plzen and other towns. Independent congregation disbanded after 1921. Birthplace of Louis Eduard Levy (1846-1919, Philadelphia), American astronomer, photographer, and author of photochemical reproduction of engravings called "Levotype"; father of Carlo Schanzer (1865-1953); and Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Jewish cemetery originated before 1832 with last known Conservative Jewish burial in first third of 20th century. Buried in the cemetery are Ignac Lederer (19th century), collector of W -Bohemian folk legends, and ancestors of both L.E.Levy and C. Schanzer. Plzen, 8 km away, used this unlandmarked cemetery before 1856. The isolated suburban hillside 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