(Vodňany , Czech Republic 49°09' 14°10')
Compiled by Jaroslav PolákRokycana, Prague
Translated from the original Czech by Jan O. Hellmann/DK
Edited in English by Dan & Rob Pearman/UK
The oldest records about the Jews in the town archive are as follows:
At the time of the pawning of the manor of Count Schwarzenberg (Johan Adolf 16611683, Ferdinand Wilhelm in 1703, Adam Franz Karl in 1732) there were just three Jewish families in Vodňany, and even at that time they had to pay an unusually high protection tax.
The year of their settlement in Vodňany is not known, but their names are known from 1746:
The following arrived later:
Šalomoun Nossal, merchant, since 1678
David Isák, since 1687
Abraham Nossal, distiller, since 1687
Leopold Arnsteiner, grocer, since 1713.
On 27 November 1746, the vicepresidency inquired how many Jews there were living in Vodňany. The reply shows that there were seven settled Jews and one nonsettled in total, 52 souls.
In 1848, there were 12 Jewish families in Vodňany, and they had their own prayer house.
By 1852, there were 22 families. In the same year the Jewish community built a synagogue. This was extended and repaired in 1877. This shows how quickly the Jewish community grew. In 1884, there were still some 50 to 60 Jewish families in Vodňany.
(Prameny: „Vodňany”, rab. J. Schüller, a v Grün waldově Jüd. Centralblatt, červen 1884.) J. P. R..
History of the town in Czech, comprises a list of all house owners from 2nd half of 19th century with family connections and many Jewish names in Czech
History of the town in German
Short History of Jews in Vodňany in English
Photos from Vodňany Jewish cemetery in Czech
|Former synagogue in Vodňany.
Today it is the town museum.
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