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Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Olomouc
District Šumperk
Commune Mohelnice
Elevation 280 m (919 ft)
Coordinates 49°47′51″N 17°0′29″E / 49.79750°N 17.00806°E / 49.79750; 17.00806Coordinates: 49°47′51″N 17°0′29″E / 49.79750°N 17.00806°E / 49.79750; 17.00806
Area 9.3 km2 (3.6 sq mi)
Population 1,180 (2006-08-28)
Density 127/km2 (329/sq mi)
Founded 13th century
Mayor Vlasta Miketová
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 789 73
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Úsov
Statistics: statnisprava.cz
Website: www.usov.cz

Úsov (German: Mährisch Aussee, Yiddish: Asyva‎) is a small town located in the Olomouc Region of the Czech Republic.


There has been a castle in Úsov since the 13th century. In 1487 the lords of House of Vlašim modified the castle, which was later given into the possession of the lords of Boskovice. In 1622 Emperor Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor presented the town to Prince Karl I of Liechtenstein, on condition that none but Catholics should be permitted to reside there. As late as 1834, out of a population of 4,534, only 24 were Protestants. In 1860 there were 245 houses in Aussee with 2662 inhabitants, of whom 950 were Jewish.[1] From the 17th century until 1945, the castle was in the possession of the princes of Liechtenstein. Today the castle is used as a museum, with the main pieces of the museum mainly being the trophies of the hunting expeditions of the princes of Liechtenstein.

In 1852 the Mährisch-schlesische Forstlehranstalt (moravian-silesian silviculture school) was founded in Úsov, but in 1867 transferred to Eulenberg.

Austrian KK stamp, bilingual cancelled in March 1918

Jewish Asyva (Aussee)[edit]

Aussee was the home to a Jewish community beginning in the 17th century. In 1688 the dean of Müglitz gave orders for the erection of a synagogue at Aussee. This building was destroyed in 1722. During the services on the eve of Yom Kippur a Catholic priest entered the synagogue and began to preach a missionary sermon to the people assembled for worship. The officers of the congregation asked him to withdraw; but he persistently refused to do so, and they were compelled to eject him. When the Jews brought charges against the priest for disturbance of the peace, he claimed that they had assaulted him. After a protracted lawsuit a decision was rendered to the effect that the synagogue be destroyed and that no other be built. Of those charged by the priest with assault 3 men were branded with a hot iron and exiled; while the fourth, a man 74 years old, was sentenced to work upon a Catholic church then in construction. 32 years elapsed before permission was granted to establish another House of Worship, though it was to be a lesser establishment than a synagogue. (Abraham Ha-levi, "M‘gilath S‘darim") It was not until 1783 that permission was given to build a regular synagogue; and when this was dedicated Abraham Prostiz was chosen rabbi.

Other rabbis were:

Under the law of March 21, 1890, relating to the legal conditions of the Jewish congregations in Austria, the community of Aussee was amalgamated with the neighboring communities; and, through personal and local considerations, Mährisch-Schönberg became the seat of the Jewish communal district.

The former synagogue remains in Úsov to this day.


  1. ^ Carl Koristka: Die Markgrafschaft Mähren und das Herzogthum Schlesien. Olmütz 1860

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSinger, Isidore; et al., eds. (1901–1906). "article name needed". Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company. ([1]) Bibliographies of Jewish Encyclopedia:

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