“Radgoszcz” - Encyclopedia of Jewish
Communities in Poland, Volume III
(Radgoszcz, Poland)

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Radgoszcz, Poland

(District of Dąbrowa, Region of Krakow)

Translated by Jerrold Landau

In 1938, it was a village and the seat of the Hegmina (communal seat of several villages). The villages is mentioned in documents from 1500 as a settlement under the ownership of the nobility. In 1845, the population was 3,768, of which 206 were Jews. In 1875, there were 3,166 residents, of which 363 were Jews. In 1921, the number of Jews dropped to 188 out of a total population of 3,322.

The gentile residents earned their livelihood from agriculture, especially from growing simple crops. The Jews were occupied in small-scale trade and peddling. Some of them even possessed a field or a garden. In 1951[1], the Jews of Radgoszcz and the district owned five grocery stores, six taverns, and seven tobacco stores.

The Jews of Radgoszcz belonged to the community of Dąbrowa, approximately 10 kilometers away. There was a synagogue and a mikva (ritual bath) in the village. We do not have any information regarding communal institutions of the Jewish community of Radgoszcz. Apparently, The Jews of Radgoszcz participated in such institutions as well as in the political organizations of nearby Dąbrowa.

There were 188 Jews there in May, 1942. We can surmise that during the time of the liquidation of the Jews of the district, they were transferred to the ghettoes in Żabno or Dąbrowa Tarnowska, and from there to the Belzec Death Camp.

Dąbrowa Tarnowska, Zarys dziejow miasta I powiatu, Warszawa 1974, p 576.

Translator's Footnote

  1. This date is obviously incorrect. The correct date cannot be determined from the text, but I suspect it is 1931. Return

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