Hi Gary, have you (or Alex) tried reaching out to Wikipedia? I
believe edits to pages are tracked, and backups preserved. They
might be able to shed some light on this.
Crazy, huh --.
Los Angeles area
On 2/17/2021 4:49 PM, Gary Pokrassa via
In the last few days, somebody
methodically went through most (but NOT all) of the pages posted
by Alex Krakovsky on Wikipedia and changed their URLs -
everything is the same, the files are still there, but the
directory "archives" became "archive" and the initial slash
changed to a colon.
This renders all the links we have
posted on our spreadsheets and referenced to researchers
I have emailed Alex K asking him:
somebody is moving all the pages on all the archives (from say
“...Архіви/ДАЧкО” to “...Архів:ДАЧкО“). Do you know what is
happening and why? - His answer - one word: “No.”
I am told there was no discussion
of this in JRoots nor on FB.
We have no idea why this is being
done and what purpose it might accomplish but it is a fact we
need to deal with, and I am now starting to get inquiries from
researchers telling me they can’t find the wiki pages…..
Note that the main page referencing
Jewish records can still be found at
We are starting the massive work to
incorporate these changes in our internal spreadsheets. If
anyone has issues finding a file in the near future please
contact me and I will try to help find it.--
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division