JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page (Bobruisk, Belarus) #general

Bruce Drake <BDrake@...>

A reality of life for much of the Jewish population in Eastern Europe was being
poor, and this chapter, "Poverty and Hardship in Bobruisk," >from the Yizkor
book of this town in Belarus, 86 miles southeast of Minsk, is testament
to that. In its large poor quarter lived "in old cut-up pants porters and
shoemakers and tailors--also beggars, hunchbacks, sick, coughing, and wives,
which stood with their baskets in the market." The poor suffered the winter
in cold houses, scrambled for work and were victimized by gangs and a "Jewish
underworld" that took advantage of conditions. One result was to make the
town's poor quarter, known as Sloboda, ripe for the appeal of Russia's
revolutionary movement.


Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

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