What differences are there in history of Jews in Ukraine vs Russia? #ukraine



When I was a child, family said we were Russian. The census records nearly
all said my GOLDBERG grandparents came >from Russia or Poland, depending on
the year. Later, I figured out they came >from Gorodok and Kolki in Volin,
Ukraine. Now watching current events, I wonder about what their lives were
like in Ukraine circa 1900 versus what they would have been if they lived
in Russia.

At some time they had moved to England and eventually by 1903-1906, to the
U.S. I know this period was very bad for Jews economically and politically, and why so many fled to the U.S. or South America, but can anyone explain
what may have been different between Ukraine and Russia at that time?

Thanking you all in advance,

Carolyn GOLDBERG (Berg) Rutherford
Batavia, Ohio, formerly of Milwaukee, WI USA
@CMR_Gen on Twitter


Hi Carolyn, there was no Ukraine in 1900. Ukraine became independent
briefly after 1918 for a few years, until it was incorporated into the
new Soviet Union. Family was correct, they were subjects of Nicholas 2,
Czar of all the Russias. As for what life was like for Jews in Imperial
Russia, there are numerous books covering the period 1772-1918, and Jews
ran the gamut of all types and persuasions. By 1900 their general
standard of living had deteriorated and most lived in poverty in the
Pale. There were exceptions though, some Jews were wealthy merchants
and industrialists, others spoke German or Russian at home rather than
Yiddish. All modern scholars agree that the picture painted by Fiddler
showed only a part of the Jewish experience, which was much more varied.

Good luck, Dave Sandler

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