also known as: Rakasz (HU), Rakasov (CZ), Rokosov (RU), Yiddish (Yid)
48°12'36" N / 23°10'34" E
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was part of the Kingdom of Hungary (11th century - 1920 and 1938-1944) with the name of Rakasz
in Ugocsa megye (county), next part of Czechoslovakia (1920-1938) with the name of Rakasov
in Podkarpatská Rus (Sub-Carpathia), then part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (1945-1991) with the name of Rokosov
and, since 1991, known as Rokosovo, in the Khustskiy rayon (district) of Zakarpats'ka oblast (county) of Ukraine.
Other spellings/names for
Rokosovo are Rokossow and Rokossov.
Rokosovo is located about seven miles west of Khust (Huszt).
Jews probably settled in Rokosovo in the late 18th century.
In 1880, the Jewish population was 183, and by 1910, the Jewish population was 217.
By 1921, during the Czechoslovakian period, the Jewish population decreased to 159. A number of Jews were engaged in agriculture and commerce.
By 1930, the Jewish population increased to 184.
With the Hungarian occupation of Rokosovo in March, 1939, Jews were persecuted and pushed out of their occupations. In 1940-41, Jews from Rokosovo were drafted into forced labor battalions and others were drafted for service on the Eastern front, where most died.
By 1941, the Jewish population had increased to 192 and it was at this time, a few Jewish families without Hungarian citizenship were expelled to Nazi occupied Ukrainian territory, to Kamenets-Podolski, and murdered there.
The remaining Jews of Rokosovo were deported to Auschwitz late May, 1944.
A great many of the Jews from Rokosovo were murdered in Auschwitz and any survivors settled elsewhere.
In 2001, Rokosovo had about 4,785 inhabitants and no Jews live there today.
Sources (portions): Budapest, c. 1941
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