Shtetl Pobelov #belarus


Mikhoyel Basherives <mikhoyel@...>
 

My family came >from shtetl Pobelov (accent on first syllable & this is
how they also wrote the name in the Yiddish alphabet) which I am sure using
the Shtetl Seeker is the village of Pobolovo/Pobalava according to all the
directions I was given my entire life >from my older relatives. Pobalava is
exactly where I expected Pobelov to be though we were informed apparently
mistakenly that the entire tiny village was burned to the ground by Nazis
but rebuilt about 1&1/2 miles away. In my family's day it had only 200-250
inhabitants all of whom were Jews except for 2 or 3 Gentiles including the
priest & shames of the shul (!) who was also the shepherd for the village.
It has the coordinates on MapQuest 5301 2947 & is 109.6 miles ESE of Minsk
about a mile off A250. I have never heard of anyone who ever heard of it.
They then moved to Bobruisk.
My question is that I always was told in Yiddish that the family "shtampt
op fun minsker gubernye" but according to the maps it seems that Pobalava
is no longer in Minsk gubernya. Can someone tell me in which gubernya it is
now, perhaps the very helpful Yuri Shcherbina?
Thank you,

Mikhoyel Basherives
Marin County, Calif.


Peter B. Golden <pgolden@...>
 

Pobolovo/Pobalava is southwest of Rogachov/Rahachow in present day Gomel
Oblast (Gomel'skaia oblast'/Homel'skaia voblasts')


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Martin Fischer
 

Professor Golden,
I was wondering if Pobolovo might be the actual name of the shtetl where
my wife's great-grandfather lived. On a couple family trees she obtained
from her father, it was listed as Palopokow, Malow, Russia, and as
Palupska, Mvolov, Russia. I have tried several gazetteers, including
online ones, and have been unable to find anything close. But the first
spelling listed in your posting, Pobolovo, seems close and could have
easily been mistakenly changed to Palopokow. What do you think?

Martin Fischer
Oak Park, IL.
martinfischer@hotmail.com


Peter B. Golden wrote:
Pobolovo/Pobalava is southwest of Rogachov/Rahachow in present day Gomel
Oblast (Gomel'skaia oblast'/Homel'skaia voblasts')


Peter B. Golden <pgolden@...>
 

Dear Mr. Fischer,

I think it is a bit of a stretch >from Pobolovo to Palopokow etc.
The variants given in the original posting (which included the Yiddish,
Russian and Belorussian forms) pretty much exhaust the possibilities. You
might try to the ShtetlFinder online. Good luck !

PBG


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Peter B. Golden
Professor of History
Rutgers University
Dept. of History
Conklin Hall
175 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
tel. (973) 353-5410 (dept.),(973)353-1054 (office)
fax : (973) 353-1193
pgolden@andromeda.rutgers.edu