VISITORS OF RADOMYSHL
TELL ABOUT THE TOWN

"In summer 1969, my parents visited Radomyshl and found the original house of my great grandfather Elya ZAYEZDNY - it was located on streets Pochtovaya and Prisutsvennaya (former names, my parents found the streets according to the locals directions). The house was one-storey, fairly large. My parents visited the cemetery and found the tombstone of Elya."

Lena Grossfeld
Sunnyvale, California
Researching: ZAYEZDNY, BELORUSETS


"I was in Radomyshl several times in the mid-1970's. It was a very nice and clean, little provincial town. There lived may be three to five Jewis families then. One of the women told me that almost no Jews had a chance to escape in 1941 and they all were slaughtered. Somebody, perhaps a relative of one of the victims was fighting the local government at that time because they did not want to put a fence around the graves. It was still a cow pasture..."

Boris Feldblyum


"Max KAGAN and his wife Julia (originally a SHULNER from Radomyshl, although they met in Milwaukee) were given permission to visit there on a trip to Russia in 1983. They told me that the road from Kiev was wide and straight and planted with flowers and trees. Their limousine stopped at a barbershop, where the barber pointed out to them the house of the only Jewish family left in town. This family had escaped the Nazis by hiding in the Urals during the war; other Jews had fled into the forest, where they were hunted down and shot. All that is left now is a mass grave in the forest, which Max and Julia saw. The inscriptions on the plaques give no names, only the dates "1941-1945." Even the Teterev River, never larger than a creek, is now only a trickle. The family had a large house and a nice yard, with two dogs chained up; Max thought they were fierce dogs kept for protection, although Julia disagreed. They refused an invitation to see the Jewish cemetery."

Alan Wachtel
Palo Alto, California
Researching: VISOTSKY, RABINOVICH, KAGAN, SAGALOVSKY, NAGORSKY, LAZAROVSKY


"In June 1994 ... I visited Radomyshl: I was lucky to be introduced to a Jewish Civil Servant, right at the city hall, who took me to the house, where the last MARGOVSKY lived. The new owner, an old Jewish babushka, insisted on sharing her frugal meal with me and my hosts from Kiev and also invited her son and family; and they opened a bottle of vodka in our honor. I was taken to Jewish cemetery, a quite moving experience, even if I could not find much: a tomb said Jana STAROBINSKA 1929. I don't know her relationship to us. At the city hall, I was informed that the local archives prior to 1920 had been destroyed, which was a big disappointment as I thought I would possibly find there, birth's certificates...
Anyway, I will never forget my visit to Radomyshl."

Chantal Minsky
Villeurbanne, France
Researching: MARGOVSKY, STAROMINSKY


"On August 21, 2002 I and my husband Haim visited Radomyshl. We took a taxi from Kiev with an English speaking driver. After we left the main road Kiev-Zhitomir entering a smaller road leading to Radomyshl the terrane became a little hilly and nice forests grew on both sides of the way. Just before the entrance we crossed the small Teteriv river.
Radomyshl today is a small town that probably does not look as nice as 100 years ago. My father Isaac WEINMAN was born there in 1897. His family left for the U.S.A in 1913. His mother Dvora WEINMAN (born RABER) died in 1905. Althougth we were lucky to be taken around by Sasha Pirogov, a local of the town, we could not find any sign of the Weinman family nor the grave of my grandmother in the cemetery of the town (which is mostly ruined). There is no sign today of Jewish life (no sign of the synagogue). Nevertheless, the visit was worth it as the atmosphere of the town and its surroundings probably did not change since the old time."

Dvora Aviv
Rehovot, Israel
Researching: WEINMAN, RABER


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