Re : " Dubno " (belarus digest: September 01, 2002) #belarus


In a message dated 9/2/02 Joel A Morrow wrote:

Good afternoon >from Madrid. I'd like info on the town of Dubno before WWII-My
parents were born there-Murowitzer-orMorowitz-Also Kirsner Family-Are there
any records up to and after WWII?-Is there a list of families >from that
area?-Thanks-Joe >>

I think that Joel should have written to the Ukraine group rather than the
Belarus Group with his question, because Dubnow as was a city in Poland in
the voivodship of Volynia, but is now part of the Ukraine.

Several Jewishgenners are researching the name Morowitz or its variants. I
don't recall "Kirsner" (which could be spelled also as Kirschner), but Mr.
Morrow should check Jewishgen's Family Finder and its Discussion Group
Archives for those surnames.

As for the town Dubno, doing a search using the "seach this website" box at
Jewishgen's main page ( will turn up information
about the town, especially see the description and history at the Jewishgen
affiliated International Cemetery Project. Also some information is
available also on the Internet. The "google" search engine
( will find it.

There is a Yizkor book for Dubno: a memorial to the Jewish community of
Dubno-Volyn, which was published by the Dubno Organization in Israel in
1956. Usually Yizkor books do contain lists of names. But I do not think
this particular Yizkor book has been translated and put online.

Searching for "Dubno" at will produce an
article about the town written by Herman Rosenthal, S. Janowsky and M
Seligsohn. It gives the names of varous rabbis, one of whom was the subject
of a book. Also this article offers a very short bibliography

There is a brief article about Dubno in the "Universal Jewish Encyclopedia"
which was published in 1941 (I own volumes 1-7 of this Encyclopedia) and I am
almost sure that the Encyclopedia Judaica will also have an article but I do
not have any volumes >from this set. Given that Madrid is the city of Mr. M
orrow's residence it may not be very easy for him to find a set of the
Encyclopedia Judaica. So Mr. Morrow may have to content himself with what the
online "" article says.

My 1962 Columbia-Lippincott Gazetteer says that Dubno is situated on the
Ikva Rivers 25 miles West south west of Rovno. In 1931 its population was
12,696. It was an agricultural center, and had tanneries, sawmills, and food
processing, tile and brick factories. It was founded in the 11th century,
and became a commercial center during the eighteenth century. Toward the end
of the eighteenth century it was ceded by Poland to Russia. It was the site
of a number of battles during the Polish-Russian War in 1919-1920, reverted
to Poland in 1921. In 1945 it was ceded to the USSR. Before World War II it
had a large Jewish population.

Miriam Weiner's book "Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova" indicates that
there are still a number of Dubno records available in archives in Rovno,
Zhitomir, Warsaw and Kiev. A researcher would have to be hired to examine
those records for his ancestors.

Naomi Fatouros (nee FELDMAN)
Bloomington, Indiana
Researching: BELKOWSKY and BIELKOWSKY, Odessa and Berdichev;ROTHSTEIN,
Kremenchug; FELDMAN, Pinsk; SCHUTZ, RETTIG, WAHL, Shcherets; LEVY, Mulhouse;
SAS or SASS,Podwolochisk; RAPOPORT, Tarnopol, Korostyshev; BEHAM, Salok and
Kharkov; WOLPIANSKY, Ostryna.

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