Saint Lambert Church
|Gmina||Radomsko (urban gmina)|
|• Mayor||Anna Milczanowska|
|• Total||62.01 km2 (23.94 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||254 m (833 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||220 m (720 ft)|
|• Total||38 000|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Radomsko [raˈdɔmskɔ] is a town in central Poland with 50,618 inhabitants (2006). It is situated on the Radomka river in the Łódź Voivodeship (since 1999), having previously been in Piotrków Trybunalski Voivodeship (1975–1998). It is the capital of Radomsko County.
Radomsko received town privileges by Duke Leszek II the Black of Sieradz in 1266. It is the site of a Franciscan monastery build on behalf of Bona Sforza, the queen consort of King Sigismund I of Poland.
On September 12, 1944 the greatest battle in Radomsko's history was fought, the Battle of Evin. The platoon of the gen. Bema's III Brigade AL stood for battle against a 10-fold larger German army. Nazi forces had 200 standard vehicles (about 6000 people) as well as armoured vehicles. The enemy repeatedly hit all sides of the grouped People's Army. Thanks to the heroic resistance the enemy plan failed. The losses of the enemy were estimated at approx. 100 killed and 200 wounded. Several vehicles of the enemy were eliminated by the AL's mines, of which one of the cars was filled with a group of German officers who were all killed. When all units of the victorious Poles gathered, it was found that the losses amounted to 12 killed partisans, 11 wounded and several missing. Later, the actions of Stanisław Sojczyński in the AK also troubled the Germans in the area, as he fought many battles against the Germans during the war. After 1945 he continued to fight, turning his attention to fighting the Red Army.
The significant losses during the war earned the town the nickname of 'Banditenstadt' given by the defeated Germans, meaning 'City of Bandits'. In modern times, the fans of local team RKS Radomsko took pride in the fact the town had such strong resistance to occupying forces and have a flag named "Banditenstadt".
The town has access to the railway line from Warsaw to Katowice operated by the Polish State Railways (PKP). It can be reached by the national road No.1, the future A1 autostrada from Gdańsk to Gliwice at the Radomsko junction.
- RKS Radomsko Football Club, founded in 1979
Notable natives and residents
- Władysław Reymont, novelist, Nobel laureate
- Zbigniew Dłubak, artist
- Dr. Helen Fagin
- Angelyne, American billboard celebrity
- Mariusz Czerkawski, ice hockey player
- Tadeusz Różewicz, poet, Golden Wreath laureate
- Shlomo Hakohen Rabinowicz of Radomsk (Tiferes Shlomo), First Radomsker Rebbe
- Avraham Yissachar Dov Hakohen Rabinowicz of Radomsk (Chesed LeAvraham), Second Radomsker Rebbe
- Yechezkel Hakohen Rabinowicz of Radomsk (Kenesses Yechezkel), Third Radomsker Rebbe
- Shlomo Chanoch Hakohen Rabinowicz of Radomsk, Fourth Radomsker Rebbe
- José Ber Gelbard, was born here in 1917, and emigrated in 1930 with his family to Argentina. A communist, he was appointed as an advisor by Juan Perón, and served as an Economic Minister in every government until the military coup of 1976.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Radomsko is twinned with:
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- Fenn, Kate. "Lincoln's Twin Towns". City of Lincoln Council, City Hall, Beaumont Fee, Lincoln. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
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