Plontch is a small town in the South-Eastern region of Poland. “Plontch” (alt: "Planch") is the way the name of the town was pronounced in Yiddish by its Jewish population. In Poland today, the town is known as Polaniec. The closest larger town was called Stashev in Yiddish, today known as Staszow.
According to some estimates, there was a Jewish presence in the town since the 14th Century. Jewish life in Plontch ended on October 18, 1942 with the Nazi evacuation of the town.
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Yizkor Book and Pinkas HaKehillot
The shtetl of Plontch is memorialized in Sefer Stashev, the Yizkor Book of the
town of Stashev and its surrounding towns.
Translation from the Yizkor Book, Sefer Stashev, "My Town, Plontch"
Translation from the Yizkor Book, Sefer Stashev, Plontch Necrology
Translation from Pinkas Hakehillot - Plontch
Links to more translations from Sefer Stashev
Historical information about the town, compiled from numerous sources
The Plontch Wooden Synagogue and Talmud Torah
Beth Hatefutsoth Article on the history of Plontch
Yad VaShem's "Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and After the Holocaust" - Polaniec Entry
Population Trends in Polaniec, 1827-1942
The Jewish Cemetery in Plontch
A study of Polaniec and its Jewish History - by A.Wojciechowski
"Great Fire in Polaniec" - from the Yiddish news, 1929
Thaddeus Kosciusko and the "Polaniec Manifesto"
Some basic information about present-day Polaniec
The People of Plontch
The Rebbes of Plontch
Jewish Week Article, "A Place Called Planch", on 80th anniversary of the Plancher Society
The life of Bronia Schlachter - her early days in Plontch
"Survival in Plontch" - The story of Abe, Walter, and Carl Kaufman's survival in Plontch during the Holocaust Years
The 1929 Polish Business Directory - entries from the town of Polaniec
A list of Jewish residents of Plontch, from 1820
Genealogy - "Researching My Ancestry in the Town of Plontch, Poland" - by M.Gottlieb
Ellis Island arrivals from Plontch
JRI_Poland Project - list of Surnames from Plontch
Current map of the area
Map of Polaniec and its relationship to other shtetls in the Kielce and Radom Gubernias
A German map of the area from 1942
Geographical notes and photos of South-Eastern Poland
How you can get involved
Information about the First Plancher Benevolent Society and how to join
How to join the Plontch Descendants Mailing List
Restoration of the Plontch Jewish Cemetery
Sign the Guest Book