The Book of Radom;
The Story of a Jewish Community in Poland
Destroyed by the Nazis

(Radom, Poland)


Translation of
Sefer Radom

Published by the JewishGen Press
part of Yizkor Books Project of JewishGen, Inc.

Editor of Original Yizkor Book: Y. Perlow; [English section]: Alfred Lipson
Project Coordinator: Anita Frishman Gabbay
Formatting and Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind
Reproduction of Photographs: Stefanie Holzman
Cover Design: Rachel Kolokoff Hopper
Hard Cover 8.5” x 11”, 914 pages with original photographs

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The first records of Jews in Radom are from the year 1568 after which a chain of Jewish tribulations, decrees, persecutions, and expulsions began. Despite it all, the Jewish people thrived. The struggle for rights of residency in the settlement succeeded, and it became an important Jewish city.

Radom was a dynamic Jewish city of industry and commerce, Torah and Hassidism, love of Zion and ideals of freedom; a city with fine wealthy philanthropists and honorable workers; intelligentsia and folksy, simple and sincere Jews.

There were rabbinic personalities, who at first were the pride of the city, and later, of all Poland. There were tens of cheders and two Talmud Torahs.

In the final years before the Holocaust, Radom had a Jewish population of approximately 30,000 individuals (about 34% of the total population).

All this came to a bitter end when the Germans occupied the city in September of 1939. At the beginning of 1940, labor camps for Jews were set up in the Radom area. In the spring of 1941 two separate ghettos were established. Mass killings and deportations followed.

May this book be a memorial to all those who lived, worked and dreamed in Radom. To the proud and lively community that no longer exists.


Radom, Poland is located at 51°25' N 21°09' E and is 58 miles south of Warsaw.


Alternate names of the Town:

Radom [Pol, Rus], Rudem [Yid], Rodem


Nearby Jewish Communities:

Jedlińsk 7 miles NNW   Skarżysko-Kamienna 23 miles SSW
Skaryszew 8 miles SSE   Klwów 24 miles WNW
Wolanów 8 miles WSW   Wąchock 25 miles SSW
Przytyk 11 miles WNW   Goszczyn 25 miles NNW
Wierzbica 12 miles SSW   Warka 25 miles N
Jastrząb 14 miles SW   Wierzbnik 25 miles S
Stromiec 16 miles N   Maciejowice 26 miles NE
Kazanów 16 miles ESE   Magnuszew 26 miles NNE
Głowaczów 17 miles NNE   Mogielnica 27 miles NW
Iłża 18 miles SSE   Sienno 27 miles SSE
Szydłowiec 18 miles SW   Odrzywół 27 miles WNW
Białobrzegi 18 miles NNW   Sieciechów 27 miles ENE
Skrzynno 19 miles W   Lipsko 28 miles SE
Wyśmierzyce 19 miles NW   Suchedniów 28 miles SSW
Zwoleń 20 miles ESE   Gniewoszów 28 miles E
Kozienice 21 miles ENE   Nowe Miasto nad Pilicą 29 miles WNW
Garbatka 21 miles ENE   Gielniów 29 miles W
Ciepielów 21 miles ESE   Drzewica 29 miles W
Przybyszew 22 miles NW   Granica 29 miles E
Ryczywół 22 miles NNE   Stężyca 30 miles ENE
Przysucha 23 miles W   Mniszew 30 miles


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