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Seeking information on a village named Horodok, Vilna #lithuania

bgreenfield7@...
 

My family came from Horodok, Vilna Gubernya.  It is near Minsk and this letter is from Jewish Members who live in Minsk and  who are trying to gather information for a Museum.

I think this should be posted on the Discussion Group but I don’t know how to do it.

 

Bette Greenfield  

 

 

 

 

Dear Bette Greenfield,

               We are volunteers-local historians group. We look forward to your help in collecting information about the former village Horodok.

Historical information:  -since the second half of the NINETEENTH century Horodok belonged to the Vileika County Vilnius province;

-from 1921 to 1939 this village was part of Poland;
-since September 20, 1944 – in the Molodechno region, and from January 1960 – Molodechno district, Minsk region.

               Our immediate plans are to continue studying local history through the history of individual families whose roots go back to the Horodok.

                We will be grateful for any materials: photos and films, memories, documents, correspondence, your stories about family members, etc. We are ready to use materials in Russian, Belarusian, Polish, English, Yiddish, Hebrew and other languages. The information you provide will be used to prepare local history publications on the site of the Horodok (http://horodok.by/) in the mass media, creating a full and multi-faceted chronicle of the town, perpetuating the memory of those who died during the Second World War, forming a culture of memory for new generations.

               The history of the country is formed from the stories of individual families.     Therefore, it is very important for us to establish the history of people who are connected with the history of the town of Gorodok.

The past is the starting point for the future, so the goal of our work is to create a cultural and historical area "Museum of the Jewish, Belarusian, Polish, Tatar community" on the basis of the SEI "Gorodok educational and pedagogical complex kindergarten-basic school of the Molodechno district".

This platform will become a place for collecting not only information, but also a place for communication and dialogue of cultures. That is why we, the older generation, should be interested in history, to tell, teach, and discuss important milestones in the history of the town. After all, the young will soon become the older generation, and it will be their turn to pass the baton.

               We believe very much in what we do.

                Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Lina Tsivina-moderator of the cultural project: "Horodok and its Jewish history".

Alexey Zhakhovets - creator of the Horodok website.by (site about the Horodok of Molodechno district).

Tatyana Shumel - teacher of history and social studies of the SEI «Horodok educational and pedagogical complex kindergarten-basic school of the Molodechno district».

 

 

rabbi_baron@...
 

My late father z"l's father's family (Baranovich) was in Horodok for generations. the thing is first to make sure we are talking about the same village. Horodok Gorodok Grudek etc just means little village. My father said he knew of 5 towns by that name, 2 near Minsk and one called David-Gorodok. Many years ago my Israeli cousins made a website about the town.

The letter you bring does not give contact info, and their website is all in Belorussian.

Rabbi Elchonon Baron
rabbi_baron@...
+972-2-586-7766

Adam Cherson
 

Most likely the Horodok you are seeking is this one:

Haradok, Belarus
54°09' N 26°55' E
32 miles WNW of Minsk
Vilejka District
Vilna Province

bgreenfield7@...
 

I am referring  to the Horodok listed below - I believe that Horodok is the Hebrew name and Gorodok s Russian. I have been corresponding with this group for many years.  They have a wonderful group of teens and older people who have rebuilt the Horokok Cemetery.  
our grandmother said they were from Horodok, Vilna Gubernya but I have never found anything about the family there.  Names of Sepsenwol, Shepsenvol, Schiff, Shiff, 
are maiden names of the women in the family.  
Haradok, Belarus
54°09' N 26°55' E
32 miles WNW of Minsk
Vilejka District
Vilna Province

Bette Greenfield
bgreenfield7@...
561-323-5381

Alexander Sharon
 

This town was entered into JGFF database as:  Haradok, (near Molodechno), and there are 134 entries by the Genners for this location in the system.

https://www.jewishgen.org/Communities/community.php?usbgn=-1943310

shimona@...
 

My grandfather came from a village in the region near Gorodok.  The village was called Trellisey.  My brother and I visited the whole area (including Gorodok) in 2008.  My grandfather, Shimon Soloveichik, was a student in the Volozhin Yeshiva and when he contracted typhus during the epidemic there he was sent to live with his cousin, Rabbi Nissan Broide, who  was rabbi in the town and with whom he continued to study for two more years. Hope this adds a bit of information.

We remember that at the time of our visit we met a local man who spoke of a museum which existed but was closed.  He also took us to the site of the massacre of the Jewish residents of Gorodok in a field outside the town.

Alexander Sharon
 

As the addition to my previous message regarding Horodok near Molodechno, please refer to the entries in town’s 1921 statistical data as shown in 1929 Poland Business Directory at

 

https://www.jewishgen.org/databases/poland/1929/P2077.pdf

 

Jewish folks have been representing 70% of the total number of the local town residents, and nearly all economical positions.

Perhaps Bette Grienfield, who has initiated this thread, can forward data from 1929 Directory to Horodok, Belarus town’s folks who are working on town Jewish History to reproduce the names from the Directory on their site.

 

BTW Bette, two of the names that you are researching: A. Sznill (Haberdashing) and O. Szepszenwort (Flour) are shown in the Directory listing.

 

Alexander Sharon

JGFF editor

shimona@...
 

Made a terrible mistake.  This grandfather that was in Gorodok came from a village in the region called Kopach/Kopache, not Trellisy.  Got confused between my grandfathers.  Sorry.  All the other information is accurate.

kerrygreenhut@...
 

Is this the same as "David-Horodok"?  My mother in law's family came from there, but I don't know much about it. They have a large, active organization in the Detroit, Michigan area.
Look on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/descendantsofdavidhorodok

bgreenfield7@...
 

The story is that one of the Shepsenwol families (Solomon) moved to Voloshin because he was at the Yishiva..  He was born in Horodok
Bette

bgreenfield7@...
 

This is not David-Horodok - My town is just Horodok in another area.

Alexander Sharon
 

Hi, there seems to be confusion as to the number and location of towns named Horodok in Belarus.
JGFF database has identified only 5 (five) Horodok (s) in Belarus that had Jewish population. 

1. Davyd-Haradok, (current modern name), during Russian Empire era was known as David - Gorodok, Mazyr uyezd, Minsk guberniya
   During the interwar period (1918-1939) town was known as Dawidgródek, located in the Stolin powiat, Polesie Wojewodztwo , Poland
   Town population was ~30% Jewish in 1921.
   There are 226 searches for this town by Genners in JGFF database. 

2. Kazhan - Haradok, (current modern name), during Russian Empire era was known as Kozhan Gorodok, Pinsk uyezd, Minsk guberniya
    During the interwar period (1918-1939) town was known as Kożangródek and was located in the Łuniniec powiat, Polesie Wojewodztwo , Poland
    Place is located 14 miles distance from Davyd - Haradok, and towns are often confused by researchers.
    Town population was ~30% Jewish in 1921.
    There are 226 matches for this town by Genners in JGFF database. 

3. Haradok, (current modern name), is identified in JGFF database as Haradok, (near Molodechno).
    This is probably town that the initial query was all about. 
    During Russian Empire era place was known as Gródek, Vilejka uyezd, Vilna gubernia
    During the interwar period (1918-1939) town was known as Gródek, Molodeczno powiat, Wilno Wojewodztwo , Poland
    Town population was ~70% Jewish in 1921.
    There are 134 searches for this town by Genners in JGFF database. 

4. Astrashytskiy Haradok, (current modern name), during Russian Empire era was known as Gorodok Ostroshitskii, located near Minsk, Belarus  (13 miles distance)
    There are  22 entries for this town by Genners in JGFF database. 

5. Haradok, town near Vitebsk, Jewish population in 1939: 1,584 souls
    There are  41 entries for this town by Genners in JGFF database. 

By providing for above entries nearby large town names, where probably vital records have been deposited, I hope that researchers will be able to identify researched by them correct Horodok .

Alexander Sharon
JGFF editor

Alexander Sharon
 

Correction for Kazhan - Haradok

There are  80 entries for this town by Genners in JGFF database. 

The total number for all searches for five towns named Haradok, Belarus is 504, by 242 researchers.


Alexander Sharon
JGFF editor

bgreenfield7@...
 

Thank you for clarifying the names of these towns.  Mine is :

Haradok, (current modern name), is identified in JGFF database as Haradok, (near Molodechno).
    This is probably town that the initial query was all about. 
    During Russian Empire era place was known as Gródek, Vilejka uyezd, Vilna gubernia
    During the interwar period (1918-1939) town was known as Gródek, Molodeczno powiat, Wilno Wojewodztwo , Poland
    Town population was ~70% Jewish in 1921.
    There are 134 searches for this town by Genners in JGFF database.

I  understand that there also might be Haradok in the Ukraine.

Alexander Sharon
 

Yes indeed, there are two Jewish places in Ukraine known as:
1. Horodok (ex Gorodok and ex Gorodok - Proskurovkiy) in Podolia region,
2. Gorodok (ex Gródek Jagielloński) in Lwow region of Galicia

Alexander