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Posted by on Dec 4, 2022 in Shtetls, Zhytomyr region | 1 comment

Miropol, a village in the Romanovsky district of the Zhytomyr region, stands on the Sluch River. In 1957, the village of Kamenka, which stands on the left bank of the Sluch River, was annexed to Miropol, but the locals still continue to call this part of the village Kamenka. In the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, Miropol was the shtetl of Novograd-Volynsky uezd, Volyn province. From 1925 it was the centre of the Jewish village council of...

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Posted by on Sep 24, 2022 in Shtetls, Zhytomyr region | 4 comments

Chudnov is a city in the Zhytomyr region, located on the river Teterev. Before the Revolution of 1917, it was a shtetl of the Zhytomyr district of the Volyn province. Until the 20th century, there were 2 separate settlements – Novy (New) and Stary (Old) Chudnov, separated by the Teterev river. It was in Stary Chudnov that the majority of the Jewish population lived. Two settlements were merged into one in the 20th century. I visited Chudnov during an...

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Posted by on Aug 28, 2022 in Chernigov region, Shtetls | 0 comments

Nosovka, a city (since 1960), is a district centre in the Chernihiv region of Ukraine. The population is 13,310 people, according to the 2020 census. The city stands on the Nosovochka River, which is a tributary of the Ostra. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, there was a town of Nezhinsky district of the Chernihiv province. I could only find very little information about the Jews of Nosovka. Article was translated by Daniel Pesin. 542 Jews lived in...

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

Raygorodok is a viallge in Berdichev district, Zhernigov region. In Yiddish, Raigorodok is called Rardek. 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. Part of the information for this article was taken from an interview with Sofia Yakubova (Gleyzer), a native of the town of Sofiivka, which she gave to...

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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...

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Posted by on May 6, 2022 in Vinnytsia region | 1 comment

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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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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