Nová Lehota (German: Neuhau, Hungarian: Újszabadi) is a village in Nové Mesto nad Váhom District in the Trenčín Region of western Slovakia. Since 1976 it has been a part of the municipality of Handlová.
In historical records the village was first mentioned in 1487. Historically the village belongs to the Hauerland region in the Carpathian Mountains. The origins of the German settlement go as far as the 13th century when the necessity of colonization of regions devastated by the Mongolian invasion of 1240/41 arose. During the late 13th century there were many German habitats founded in the region by diverse German nationalities. The foundation of Neuhau is not primarily connected to the colonization after the Mongol invasion. It is being dated somehow later, maybe even more than hundred years later. It is also generally suggested that the first inhabitants of the place situated in the valley halfway from Handlová to Žiar nad Hronom in a rather hilly surrounding were actually Slavs. Supposedly there has been as much as 3 manors of the primary settlements of Slavs latter to become extinct and fully replaced by Germans from either Handlová or Janova Lehota. In 1945 the village had a population of approximately 1400 inhabitants, nearly all of them Germans. They were almost completely expelled and relocated to Germany in 1946.
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