Thursday, April 19, 2012

Los hechos frente a las palabras, la lección de Korsun-Cherkassy |

Los hechos frente a las palabras, la lección de Korsun-Cherkassy |

Cuando hablamos de la 2ª Guerra Mundial siempre hemos recordado la tenacidad y la confianza del pueblo soviético en vencer a las fuerzas del nazismo. Tuvieron lugar muchas batallas desde aquel 21 de Junio de 1941, cuando fue invadida la Unión Soviética. Y hoy, el imperialismo silencia aquel titánico esfuerzo. Los hechos son reveladores. Y no solamente fueron grandes combates como Moscú, Stalingrado o Kursk. También tuvieron lugar imponentes operaciones que cambiaron el curso de la guerra, ante dificultades que cualquier ejército profesional no admitiría como idóneas para obtener la victoria. Y son estas actuaciones del Ejército Rojo de las más silenciadas por los historiadores y divulgadores de los medios imperialistas. Y por ello, deben ser ampliamente conocidas por la clase obrera.

Genealogy Ukraine SIG: Zvenigorodka

Ukraine SIG: Zvenigorodka

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1900s Name: Zvenigorodka
1900s District: Zvenigorodka
1900s Province: Kiev
1900s Country: Russian Empire

1930s: Zvenigorodka, Kiev, Ukraine SSR, Soviet Union
1950s: Zvenigorodka, Soviet Union
Modern: Zvenigorodka, Ukraine

Other names: Zvenigorodka [Rus, Yid], Zvenyhorodka [Ukr], Zwienigorodka [Pol], Zwenigorodka, Zwinogródka

Coordinates: 49°05'N 30°58'E Mapquest Google Maps

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Zvenigorodka and Father Patrick Desbois

Zvenigorodka and Father Patrick Desbois

Father Desbois runs Yahad - In Unum, "the leading research organization investigating the mass executions of 1.5 million Jews and Roma/Gypsy people in Eastern Europe between 1941 and 1944. This is sometimes referred to as "The Holocaust by Bullets," the title of a book written by Yahad's president, Father Patrick Desbois. While the atrocities of the concentration camps are well-known, this genocide perpetrated in the former Soviet Union against Jews, Roma and other victims of the Nazis and their allies is not. Through its investigation, Yahad - In Unum has discovered hundreds of mass graves of victims murdered in Eastern Europe and recorded the testimony of more than 1,850 witnesses..."

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Ramblings on Family History and Other StuffLDS Microfilms

Microfilming began in 1994. There are projects in progress in Kiyev and L'viv. Jewish vital records from Crimea were filmed in Simferopol in 1995-96:

Filmed in Cherkasy in 1996-97:

Zvenigorodka (Zvenigorodka district)

More than just ‘Fiddler on the Roof | JTA - Jewish & Israel News

More than just ‘Fiddler on the Roof | JTA - Jewish & Israel News 1999....At the concert, Violetta Karpenko, the chairwoman of the Reform Jewish congregation in Zvenigorodka, performed the Yiddish song "Shpilt a Freilakhs." Since it repaired and remodeled its own synagogue, her community has become one of the major spiritual centers of the region. Elena Mironova, a Jewish community worker, was born in Zvenigorodka. She leads Shabbat and holiday services at several of the communities in her region, and also works as the teacher of Jewish tradition. She said the small-town association is responsible for the growth of interest in Jewish tradition among those Jews who live in communities with no permanent Jewish facilities. "Jews, who previously had no knowledge of Jewish religious life, are now coming to the Zvenigorodka synagogue, some from as far as 200 kilometers away. Our own community is quite small, so the very fact that every holiday brings together 100 to 150 Jews from as many as 10 nearby towns is a holiday in itself." As part of the celebration, an opening of a museum on Jewish shtetl history was held in Korsun-Shevchenkovskiy. The exhibition, titled "We Were Born in Shtetls," includes 450 exhibits from 28 small Ukrainian towns, representing both religious and secular aspects of life in Ukrainian shtetls. A feature of small-town Jewish life is the large percentage of intermarried families, which doesn�t prevent Jews with mixed background from becoming active in community affairs.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Zvenyhorodka - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Zvenyhorodka (Ukrainian: Звенигородка) or Zvenigorodka (Russian: Звенигородка) is a city located in the Cherkasy Oblast (province) in central Ukraine. It is the administrative center of the Zvenyhorodsky Raion (district).

The current estimated population is 19,900 (as of 2005).
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(Ukrainian) (1972) Icтopia мicт i ciл Укpaїнcькoї CCP - Черкаськa область (History of Towns and Villages of the Ukrainian SSR - Cherkasy Oblast),

Zvenyhorodka - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Blog--"Genealogy: Zvenigorodka, Ukraine"

Here is a blog about genealogy and Zvenigorodka. From the blog: Genealogy: Zvenigorodka, Ukraine

Zvenigorodka, Ukraine
Based on the records I've found for several branches of the family tree, we have cousins from Zvenigorodka (also spelled Zvenyhorodka, Zvenyhorodka, and Zwienigorodka), Ukraine. Dr. Saul, Solomon Lutsky, and his family listed this town as their last residence when they came to America in 1921. It's also the last residence listed for some Hochfeld cousins (Belinsky branch of the family tree) when they came to the US in 1909. Zvenigorodka is located 41 miles NE of Uman, 72 miles NW of Kirovohgrad (fka Elizavetgrad). It is also located only 13 miles from Lysyanka, the town where my g-grandparents Louis Lutsky and Lena Belinsky were probably born. Zvenigorodka is located in the Kiev district/province.

According to The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life, a single Jewish lessee was present in 1765. In 1897, the Jewish population was 6,389. Jews set up a candle factory and a tobacco plant. Many worked on the estates during the grain harvest. Zvenigoridka was the birthplace of Baron Horace Gunzberg/Guenzburg and the Hebrew writer Natan Agmon Bistritski/Bistritsky. In 1924, under the Soviets, 360 Jewish artisans were organized in unions. A few dozen Jewish families founded a kolkhoz (cooperative agricultural enterprise) nearby. Two Yiddish-language elementary schools and a vocational school were opened in the town. An education institute for needy children (aged 4-8) was founded in 1927. In the same year, a Jewish law court began operating and in 1931 a Yiddish-language agricultural school was established. The Jewish population in 1939 was 1,957. The Nazis occupied Zvenigorodka on July 29, 1941, setting up a ghetto where the Jews of Katerynopol were also confined. On June 14, 1942, at least 1,500 Jews were executed in the Oforny forest.

According to the RTR Foundation website, the following records survive in the Kiev and/or Cherkassy archives:

-birth - 1861-1862; 1887-1889; 1897; 1903; 1904; 1907; 1908
-census/list of inhabitants - 1847, 1849, 1853
-voter lists - 1853
-pogroms - 1905
-address book - 1849
-Jewish school/students - 1852-3
-taxpayer lists - 1847, 1852, 1915
-Jewish hospital records - 1906
-local govt document - 1905 list of Jews who participated in the revoluntionary movement in Zvenigorodka
-local govt document - 1910-11 list of small shop owners
Posted by Sharon at 12:59 PM

Here are the comments to the post:

Anonymous said...
In 2001 I met a fellow on a train from Siberia to Moscow. I eventually learned that his family was originally from Zvenigorodka where their family name had been "Kogan" (that's what happens to "Cohen" in Cyrillic). Around 1910 two brothers -- I think one was "Daniil" -- had emigrated to Philadelphia and opened a dressmaking shop. Then came the 1917 revolution and the Stalin years when it became too dangerous to write, so a farewell letter was sent. After that the brother who remained in Zvenigorodka was persecuted as an "enemy of the people" or "bourgeois bloodsucker" once too often, so he took his family to Siberia to create new identities under "Russian" names. He could not have foreseen the Holocaust when Zvenigorodka's remaining Jews were annihilated, and that probably is what his relatives in Philadelphia assumed.

I have not been able to locate any Kogans in greater Philadelphia who can connect themselves to this story. Perhaps they moved on or changed their names. If this seems to connect with anyone's family history, I can be reached here:

February 10, 2010 12:26 PM
Anonymous said...
I'm working on the genealogy of the Ganapol(sky) family from Zveigorodka. If this name is familiar to anyone, please be in contact.

Alan Steinfeld

March 10, 2010 7:19 PM