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Corcisco, Latvia? #latvia


Marj Green <marjgreen@...>
 

Dear Latvia SIG,

Does anyone know the current name of the town/village of Corcisco, Latvia?

The name of the village comes >from a 1980 taped interview with Beila
FEIGELSON (daughter-in-law of my cousin, Chana GRUSIN FEIGELSON). Beila was
born in Dankere (Glazmanka, now Gostini) in 1905. When she was about 10
years old, she and her family ran away >from Russian troops who invaded
Dankere and took shelter for a few months in Corcisco. They first went to
Varklani, Latvia, and then got on a train to Corcisco. Eventually they
returned to Dankere.

I have tried the shtetl finder, mapquest, WOWW, and WOWW companion, but
haven't been able to find Corcisco. Any ideas?

Marj
Marj Gruzen Green
Los Altos, CA
marjgreen@...

Researching: GRUZIN/ZEN/SIN/SON and FRIEDMANN >from Riga, Gostini, Krustpils,
etc, Latvia and >from Kovno and Vilna, Lithuania
HOFFMAN >from Ozorkow, Poland, and WESOKEK >from Sierpc,
Poland


Ella Barkan <elbarkan@...>
 

It seems that there is no Corcisco town or village, however I found 2
possibilities that sound phonetically similar, both mentioned in “Pinkas
Hakehilot Latvia and Estonia”.

On March 1916 an organized evacuation by train started in Daugavpils, the
majority were sent to 3 districts: Vuroniez, Oriol and Kursk or Kursek (p.
92) but it does not say were it is located. Information given about Gostini
list that most Jews left as refugees towards inside Russia.

Another possibility can be the town Karsava that was called by the Jews
Korsovke or Korsova (p. 213), around the same time many refugees from
Krustpils and Livani arrived there.

About Varaklani it says that at the end of 1915 many Jewish refugees
arrived. They refused to be evacuated into Russia. Finally 35 families were
forced to leave and were sent to Stavropol.

Ella Barkan
Tel-Aviv


JOHN G. CAKARS <latvija@...>
 

Marj Green wrote:
Does anyone know the current name of the town/village of
Corcisco,Latvia?
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If Corcisco is supposed to be in Latvia, then the name is
surely misspelled or not Latvian in origin. It is clearly not
a Latvian place name. If this is supposed to be a Latvian
place, then clearly you would not be writing the name "Corcisco"
with a "C". In Latvian, the "C" is pronounced a certain way.
In English it is not.

The first thing I did was to look at the Baltic map at
http://feefhs.org.

I looked to see what railway lines were showing for Latvia.
Then I looked to see what places were located along the lines.
If they went >from Glazmanka to Varaklani first, this map does
not show a railway connection >from Glazmanka to Varaklani.
However, I pulled out the book, "Latvijas vestures atlants,"
page 29 'Iedzivotaju izvietojums' has a little map for 1914.
It shows a railway line running >from Jekabpils to Vilani.
Varaklani is NW of Vilani. Now if Corcisco was in Latvia,
then I looked for a place along a railway line that could be
"Corcisco." I would say that the town of Karsava is probably
the most like place, in Latvia, that would be similar in
pronunciation to Corcisco.

According to the book, "Celvedis pa Latviju" Karsava has had
a railway station since the 1860's. To get to Karsava >from
Varaklani/Vilani you would have had to transfer trains in
Rezekne. The railway line shows up on the Baltic FEEFHS map.
But between Rezekne and Nesteri no other stops are shown.

I also consulted the books "Latvijas apdzivoto vietu un to
iedzivotaju nosaukumi," "Latvijas geografijas atlants," and
"Vadonis pa 77 Latvijas pilsetam." I could confirm that Karsava
had a railway station in 1914 (4 km >from town), but I couldn't
confirm an active railway station for Vilani, although the map
shows it to near one. Karsava is on the railway line >from
Daugavpils to St. Petersburg.

Although, Karsava is not a phonetic rendition of Corcisco, it
appears to meet the facts as presented.

I find the comment about the Russian troops entertaining, since
the territory was part of the Russian Empire.

John G. Cakars
Albany, CA


martha@...
 

John G. Cakars deserves a huge pat on the back for going to such trouble for the enquiry about "Corcisco"! Hats off to you, John, for a thorough job carefully done!

Martha


Marj Green <marjgreen@...>
 

Thank you so much, John Cakers, for your incredible detective work
to help identify Corcisco, Latvia.

Using maps showing the railway system in Latvia in 1914 to suggest
that the town is Karsava, Latvia was a brilliant idea. Since the
spelling of the name of the town was typed by someone who was listening
to a taped interview with Beila Feigelson in 1980 in Birmingham, Alabama,
and the event Beila was recalling occurred around 1914, I think it very
likely that the spelling chosen was quite different >from the actual town name.

Thank you again for your help.

Marj

Marj Gruzen Green
Los Altos, CA
Researching: GRUZIN/ZEN/SIN/SON and FRIEDMANN >from Riga, Gostini,
Krustpils, etc, Latvia and >from Kovno and Vilna, Lithuania
HOFFMAN >from Ozorkow, Poland, and WESOKEK >from Sierpc, Poland