JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: French spelling of towns in Russia #general


Jules Levin
 

Russian capital Peterburg (St Petersburg) was renamed at the begining of WWI
to Petrograd (Russian for town of Peter) due to the wartime antiGerman
sentiments.
Although the official name change may have occurred at this time, Petrograd
was in common use among its inhabitants long before. My mgrandmother only used
Petrograd in talking to my mother, and she arrived in the US in 1891, at the age
of 15. This might serve as an alert to genners--an official name change may
only ratify longstanding common usage.

Jules Levin
Los Angeles

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