My family came >from odessa, and i was born in zhitomir.i have changed my
records to give ukraine instead of russia as my birthplace.
for many centuries ukraine was a part of poland, which was split up, and
russia getting the eastern part, which became the pale for the jews.
odessa waas founded by russians, and its population at one time was about
half jewish, and most of the rest ethnic russians, with a minority of
ukranians. as gertrude stein said: a rose is a rose by any name
all of this is >from memory, so i won't be surprised if others correct my