Translation of Khotin Yizkor Book #bessarabia


Judi Wagner
 

We are spearheading the translation project for the city of Khotin, Ukraine, the home of our
grandfather, Charles (Kalman) WEINSTEIN. Please consider donating to this project to bring the
words of the Khotin community to our children and grandchildren. This book was originally written
in Yiddish and Hebrew, is over 300 pages, and will be translated into English.

A page has been set up on JewishGen in the Yizkor Book Translation section for Khotin. On the
website main page, the donate button is in the upper right, and also on the right is the Active
JewishGen Projects, the last one on the list is Yizkor Book Translations, and scroll down until
you find Khotin.

Khotin is a city in Chernivtsi Oblast of western Ukraine. It is south-west of Kamianets-Podilskyi.
Khotin, is first chronicled in 1001, and is located on the right (southwestern) bank of the Dniester
River, and is part of the historical region of Bessarabia. An important architectural landmark
within the city is the Khotin Fortress, constructed in he 13-15th centuries. During some of it's
history, the city was part of the principality of Moldavia.

Jewish merchants traveling >from Constantinople to Lvov in the 15th and 16th centuries used to pass
through Khotin, then an important customs station on the Polish-Moldavian border on the commercial
route between Turkey and Poland. Jewish merchants >from Poland used to visit Khotin for the fairs held
there, evidence which dates >from 1541. The residence of Jews in Khotin is first mentioned in
documents in 1741. There were 340 Jewish families in 1808. After this time the community
grew as a result of the large Jewish immigration into the region. In 1897 the community totaled
9227 which was over 50% of the population. A Jewish government school was established in
1847, and a private school for girls was opened in 1857. In the first half of the 19th century, Isaiah
Schorr, one of the most important rabbis in Bessarabia, officiated in Khotin. Later, Grand Rabbi
Israel Twersky served the community of Khotin.

Judi and Barry WAGNER
Florida and NYC

KISILEVSKIJ, KISSILEWSKY Nova Pryluka , BROIDE, BRODY Berdychiv
HIRSCHFELD, ZEIGER Hodod, Romania, VAYNSHTEIN, WEINSTEIN Khotyn
KLEIN Satoraljaujhely, Kis-Cigand, GROSZMAN Satoraljaujhely, Ladmovce
RECHTER Cisow, Bolekhov, Dolyna Ukraine, HALPERN Cisow, Bolekhov, WAGNER Warszawa=

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