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Province:śląskie / kieleckie (before 1939)
County:Częstochowa / Częstochowa (before 1939)
Community:Częstochowa / Częstochowa (before 1939)
Other names:Chenstochov [jidysz]; צ'נסטוחובה [j. hebrajski]; Ченстохова [j. rosyjski]
50.8182° N / 19.1186° E
50°49'05" N / 19°07'07" E


Herb miasta Częstochowa | plik publiczny

Częstochowa – town in southern Poland in the Silesia (Sląsk) Province. It has city rights and is the center of Częstochowa County. It lies by the Warta River, 217 km west of Warsaw and 76 km north of Katowice.



Adam Marczewski

Nowa synagoga, ul. Wilsona 16. | nieznany

The first mention regarding Jewish settlement in Częstochowa dates back to the 18th century. The city had the de non tolerandis Judaeis privilegewhich was in force during the pre-partition period. It was repealed following the reforms of the Great Sejm (1778-1882). One of the first historical references confirming the presence of Jews in town mentions a contract between a Jew called Mosiek and the town’s mayor and council. The contract refers to a loan granted to the town in order to repay the contribution imposed by the Swedes in 1705. In exchange, the town's authorities allowed Mosiek to live in the Old Częstochowa for as long as the debt was paid off. In 1756, 56 Jewish families lived in Częstochowa.

In the mid-18th century, Jacob Frank, a famous leader of the Frankist movement was kept in the local prison (1726-1791). In 1760, the rabbinical court found him guilty of blasphemy. He was sent to prison in Częstochowa where he spent 13 years, until he was freed by the Russian general Bibikov. Despite being imprisoned, Jacob Frank gathered a numerous group of his adherents in Częstochowa. 

Probably during the reign of the king Stanisław Poniatowski (1764-1794), the Jews were engaged in small trade and weaving. They were under the authority of the kehilla in Janów – the Jews who died in Częstochowa were also buried at the cemetery there. The first house of prayer was established in N. Berman's private apartment at 15 Stary Rynek Square. It was closed in 1765 when an Old Synagogue was built (at the corner of 32 Nadrzeczna Street and Mirowska Street). 

After 1793 when the town was in the Prussian part of partitioned Poland, the situation of Jews in Częstochowa began to improve. In 1798, an independent Jewish community was created, and a year later a Jewish cemetery was established. In 1806 a Jewish school was opened. As Częstochowa became part of the Duchy of Warsaw in 1806, 496 Jews were living in the town – 14,8% of the total population. Częstochowa County was inhabited by 1310 Jews – 18,8% of the total population of the region. It indicates that one third of local Jews lived in the town. The Jewish community in the nearest villages amounted approximately to 2% of the population. 

At the beginning of the 19th century, many German cra


Local history

Andrew Rajcher

The mention of the princely village of Częstochowa dates back to 1220. Lying on Warta River, it was at the crossroads of trade-routes from Kraków to Kalisz and Poznań.

In 1356, Częstochowa gained the status of a locality under Średzki legislation (a variation of German law applied in central Silesia. In 1370, the Częstochowa region became part of the fiefdom of Prince Władysław Opolczyk and, in that same year, Częstochowa gained city-status.

The existence of an ironworks here dates back to 1377. By the latter part of the 14th Century, the Częstochowa ironworks and iron ore mine were known throughout the country.

In 1382, the Pauline monastery of Jasna Góra was established (an important centre of the Marian cult).

In 1393, Częstochowa became a Royal Burgh.

In 1430, Czech and Moravian marauders attacked the town and plundered the monastery (among other things, they stripped the picture of the Holy Mother with its gold crown and fittings). In 1531, a fortified wall was built around the town and, in 1620, the building of fortifications began on Jasna Góra. In the second half of the 17th Century, the settlement of Częstochówka, attached to the monastery, was established. In 1655, the Swedish army tried unsuccessfully to capture the Jasna Góra monastery (the siege of the fortress lasted 40 days).

In 1717, Częstochówka gained monastic-city status under the name of “Nowa Częstochowa”.

In 1769, the Bar Confederation Defenders of King Stanisław Poniatowski occupied the Jasna Góra fortress. At their head, in 1770, was Kazimierz Pułaski, who successfully commanded the defence of the fortress against Russian armies (in January 1771, the Russians retreated from Częstochowa). In 1793, Częstochowa found itself annexed to Prussia. The Prussians confiscated the monastic property and granted Nowa Częstochowa city-status.

In July1807, General Dąbrowski’s Polish army entered the city which, as a result, then became part of the Warsaw Principality. When, in 1815 Częstochowa was occupied by the Russian army, Tsar Aleksander I ordered that the Jasna Góra fortifications be demolished and the city became part of Congress Poland.

In 1826, Częstochowa and New Częstochowa were merged into a single town. The establishment, in 1846, of the Warsaw-Vienna railway opened up a new chapter in the devel


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In honour of his parents Wolf and Dora (nee Moszkowicz) Rajcher and in memory of all members of the Rajcher and Moszkowicz families who perished in the Holocaust.

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