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Raygorodok

Posted by on Jul 30, 2022 in Shtetls, Zhytomyr region | 0 comments

Raygorodok is a viallge in Berdichev district, Zhernigov region. In 19th -20th century, it was a shtetl of Berdichev uezd, Kiev gubernia. Raygorodok, Zhitomir region, should not be confused with the village of Raygorod in Vinnitsa region. Both the settlements were shtetls with big Jewish communities. Note: I have found almost no information on the Raigorod Jewish community. According to the 1897 census, 2058 residents lived in Raygorodok where 946 Jews constited 45% of the total population. My locationGet Directions In the southern outskirts of the village a market square and a synagogue used to make the center of the Jewish shtetl. Nowadays this territory remains almost undeveloped. It is right opposite the village council – a large vacant lot, which is crossed by the Berdichev-Vinnitsa highway. In 1926, 665 Jews lived in Raygorodok (28% of the total population) I did not find information about the Jewish community of Raygorod between WWI and WWII, but can assume that about 200 Jews lived in the village before German invasion. Holocaust On July 7, 1941, German troops invaded Raigorodok. From the first days of the occupation, the Jews were ordered to be forced to hard labor and wear a yellow star on the left side of the breast. On July 15, 1941, a ghetto was established...

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Gornostaypol

Posted by on Jul 13, 2022 in Kiev region | 0 comments

Gornostaypol is a village in Ivankov district of Kiev region.  The population of Gornostaypol was 1061 people in 2001. The shtetl has been known since the year 1493. It became part of the Russian Empire in 1793. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the shtetl was part of the Radomysl district, Kyiv province. I visited the former shtetl in 2018; I managed to interview the local resident Olena Dimitrovna Ovsyanik, who was born in 1938. She told me some facts about the post-war Jews of Gornostaypol (or Gornostaipol). Article was ranslated by Daniel Pesin. My locationGet Directions In 1863, the shtetl had a synagogue. From 1898, the rabbi was Chaim Men. In the second half of 19 century, Rav Mordechai Dov (son of Meshulam Zusya Itshak) settled in Gornostaypol and start his Hassidic dynasty. His sons escaped from Gornostaypol during the 1919-1920 pogroms. There are 2 assumptive burial places in the destroyed Jewish cemetery, which locates in ~50 meters from each other. First place: Second place: In 1913 a Jewish Savings and Loan Association operated in Gornostaypol. At the time of the Revolution (1917-1920) the Jewish population suffered greatly from constant looting from members of Struk’s gang, which operated in this region. Jewish population of Gornostaypol: 1847 — 366 Jews 1897 — 1888 (57%) 1923...

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Makhnovka

Posted by on May 6, 2022 in Vinnytsia region | 0 comments

Makhnovka is a village in the Kazatinsky district of the Vinnitsa region, 12 kilometers from the Kazatin railway station. The population at the 2001 census was 3,467. A rather picturesque river Gnilopyat flows near the village. Before Revolution, Makhnovka was a shtetl of Berdichev uezd, Kiev gubernia. From 1935 to 2016 – the village was called Komsomolskoye. In 2016, the historical name of Makhnovka was returned to the village.   Beginning Documentary references to Makhnovka have been known at...

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Troyanov

Posted by on Feb 2, 2022 in Zhytomyr region | 2 comments

Troyanov is a village in Zhytomir district, Zhytomir region. Troyanov is located on the Gnilopyat River, a tributary of the Teterev. The village’s estimated population is 1929 (as of 2001). In 19th – beginning of 20th century it was a shtetl of Zhytomir Yezd of Volyn Gubernia.  I visited Troyanov during the 2020 summer expedition. Afterwards, I was able to put together the little information I collected about the Jews of the village. There haven’t been any new buildings in the...

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Voznesensk

Posted by on Sep 12, 2020 in Mykolaiv region, Shtetls | 1 comment

Вознесенск(Russian), Вознесенськ(Ukrainian) Voznesensk is a town and a district center in Nikolayev region. The city’s estimated population is 35.843 (as of 2015). In the XIX – early XX century it was a shtetl of Elisavetgrad Yezd of Kherson Gubernia. My locationGet Directions When the foundation stone was laid on May 10, 1795, the population was composed of a mix of Ukrainians, Russians, and Moldovans. From the late XVIII century when Poland was partitioned and merged with the Russian Empire,...

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Liubashevka

Posted by on Sep 6, 2020 in Kiev region, Odessa region, Shtetls | 0 comments

Любашівка(Ukrainian), Любашевка(Russian) Liubashevka is an urban-type settlement, a district centre in the Odessa region of Ukraine. In the 19th to early-20th centuries, it was a village in the Ananyev Uyezd of the Kherson gubernia. Unfortunately, I didn’t find much information about Liubashevka Jews’ life before WWII. In 2018, we visited the former shtetl during our summer expedition and didn’t find Jews there. Most information for this article was provided by a local teacher Valeriy Bondarenko (see video below). My locationGet Directions Unfortunately, I...

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Cherniakhov

Posted by on Aug 30, 2020 in Shtetls, Zhytomyr region | 0 comments

Черняхов(Russian), Черняхів(Ukrainian) Cherniakhov is a small town, a district center of the Cherniakhov district, Zhitomir region. In the early XX century it was a shtetl of Radomyshl uyezd (district), Kiev province. Most information about the post-war Jewish life of Cherniakhov was provided by the unofficial head of the Jewish community in Cherniakhov Raisa Makovoz during our visit in the summer of 2017. Idl Ayzman’s (1922, Cherniakhov – 2017, Petah Tikva) fascinating diaries (here and here) shed light on the Jews of Cherniakhov...

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