“Sadowne” - Encyclopedia of Jewish
Communities in Poland, Volume VII

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Translation of “Sadowne” chapter from
Pinkas Hakehillot Polin

Published by Yad Vashem

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This is a translation from: Pinkas Hakehillot: Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities, Poland,
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Translated by Frida Cielak

Population Figures


The Sadowne village lies just 4 km from the Bug River, 12 km from the town of Stoczek. It is speculated that the first Jews settled there during the second half of the 19th century. They engaged in trade and crafts. Initially, the Jews of Sadowne belonged to the Stoczek community, but after the First World War they were recognized as an independent community, to which the Jews from the other seven neighboring villages belonged as well. They established a Bet-Midrash and founded a branch of the Zionist Organization and a number of mutual aid associations: an interest-free-loan fund and a cooperative credit-fund for small merchants and craftsmen. In 1939 the community numbered 380 people. The Rabbi of Sadowne during the years 1924-1937 was R'Israel Yakov Topola.

In early September 1939 Sadowne was occupied by the Germans, and a unit of the Wehrmacht remained in the place and managed the village. A Judenrat was established, headed by a local Jew called Friedman, and Jews were sent to forced labor and were required to pay contributions to the Germans.

The situation of the Sadowne Jews worsened in the summer of 1941, with the German invasion of the Soviet-Union. Shortages and hunger worsened and diseases and epidemics spread among the Jews. In December 1941 the Germans deported all the local Jews, 265 persons, to Lochow and other surrounding localities, and from there they were sent in September 1942, to the Treblinka death camp.


The Yad Vashem Archives, Jerusalem JM/1836:  MI/3/1778 ;033/4010
The Central Zionist Archives in Jerusalem Z4/2064
Szczechura, pp. 39-51

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