Radom, Poland: Radom Prison Records 1939 - 1944

by Peter Landeé

· Background
· Database
· Acknowledgements
· Searching the Database

Background

The city of Radom is approximately halfway between Warsaw and Lublin. During the partitions of Poland, it was occupied by Austria and subsequently Russia. It continued to fulfill important administrative functions as the capital of West Galicia District, Warsaw Duchy department, Sandomierz voivodship of the Polish Kingdom, and finally Radom gubernya.

The town had a significant Jewish population of approximately 25,000 before World War II. The Radom district was established during the German occupation between 1939 and 1945. The city was liberated from the Nazi occupation January 16th, 1945. Unlike many other Polish cities, Radom had not been destroyed.

About 80% of the prisoners in this listing are non-Jewish, 15% Jewish and the remainder other nationalities or Sinti / Roma. The Jewish records, sometimes consisting of 3-4 pages with data on the nature of the crime, local and family information have been completely filmed, while in the case of other prisoners only the first page was filmed. In most cases, while the crime (often black market or false papers) and prison sentence are given, the ultimate fate of the individuals, e.g. transfer to a concentration camp, is not included.

There are 14,159 names in the collection, which is overwhelmingly non-Jewish. For Jewish prisoners, the entire files, including physical description, reason for imprisonment etc. were filmed. For non-Jewish prisoners, only the basic page was filmed.

Database

The database includes 14,159 prisoners in the Radom Prison.

The fields for this database are as follows:

Note to above fields:

Note 1: (Father's Name) You'll notice that the father's name usually includes an extra "a" at the end of the name. For example, if the father's name shows as Hersza, the actual name is Hersz. Entries in the database were made as they appear in the source document so the "a" remains.

Acknowledgments

The information contained in this database was indexed from the files of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (RG-15.112M). The original source of the document was the Radom Archives. Anja van Heusden, Freija Lindholm, Judy Muratore, and Leanne Minny, JewishGen volunteers, performed the data entry portion for this project.

In addition, thanks to JewishGen Inc. for providing the website and database expertise to make this database accessible. Special thanks to Warren Blatt and Michael Tobias for their continued contributions to Jewish genealogy. Particular thanks to Nolan Altman, Vice President of Data Acquisition and Coordinator of JewishGen's Holocaust Database files.

Nolan Altman
June 2009


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