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Do Shtel remants Exist in Ukraine???

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Do Shtel remants Exist in Ukraine???

Id like to visit the towns of my ancestors

Some towns that I know of are Chortkov, Tarnopol and Bucacz.

Do remnats of Shtel life still exist there or have these towns been totally transformed and their past exercised.

How does one get from Kiev to these towns (I know they are about 250 miles from Kiev). Ive heard the roads in Ukraine are basically potholes surrounded by asphalt

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1. Re: Do Shtel remants Exist in Ukraine???

Hi howardform and welcome to Ukraine forum.

Not sure I understand your question. What is "Shtel", please?

The towns of Chortkiv, Ternopil and Buchach still exist and largely keep their old looks, except the ruins and damages caused by the wars, time and natural and human destructive intrusion they lived through.

You can find some pics of mine from these and other towns of Ternopillya here, if you wish:

https:/…UkraineTernopillya

You can get to Ternopil from Kyiv by train http://uz.gov.ua/en/passengers/timetables/ Then, from Ternopil to other cities in the area either by mini-bus (marshrutka), or - if you need comfort and flexibility and budget permitting, by a hired car with a driver.

Roads in Ukraine are of mixed quality, but in Ternopilska oblast in particular they are not too good, especially between the smaller towns. Ternopil to Chortkiv was more or less okay when I drove there last year.

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2. Re: Do Shtel remants Exist in Ukraine???

A Shtel is what Jewish towns and villages in Poland and the Ukraine were called before World War II.

Id like to see the Jewish roots of these towns and villages.

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3. Re: Do Shtel remants Exist in Ukraine???

BTW those were awesome pictures.

Those are the first pictures Ive ever seen of Bucacz (My Great-Grandfather was from Bucacz, but I think he moved there from Chortkov)

I have rarely seen pictures of Chortkov (There is a video on youtube) and thats it.

But those are the clearest pictures of Chortkov Ive ever seen!!!!

Those were also the first pictures of Tarnopol Ive ever seen, my grandmother was from Tarnopol

Edited: 03 August 2012, 16:37
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Ah, I see. Never come across with this term before; thank you.

I'm apparently not too good when it comes down to Jewish heritage, so I hope someone else might assist. Sadly, I can’t tell with certainty if you can find some Jewish quarters there, but there are definitely some traces of the past left. Here’s what I remember in this aspect:

Chortkiv: two synagogues (one - the so-called «New» one, of 1905, is truly impressive!) and a Jewish cemetery.

Buchach: Jewish cemetery. There’s a memorial sign to Nazi victims there. Small guidebook I have for Buchach mentions that XIX synagogue has been preserved, too, but I don’t seem to remember seeing it myself.

And many thanks for your kind words about my pics :) I have actually shot many more in each of these towns. In particular, there must be some pics of Chortkiv synagogue. I’ll try to find them.

Edited: 04 August 2012, 07:57
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5. Re: Do Shtel remants Exist in Ukraine???

Id love to see more shots

Seeing those pictures made me think about the same streets my great-grandparents walked (and earlier) maybe even one of those buildings is where they live (no way to know that)

Those villages are so picturesque and like time forgot them

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6. Re: Do Shtel remants Exist in Ukraine???

I made a mistake my grandmother was not from tarnopol but from Krystynopol (Chervonohrad)

You seem to have some pictures from there as well

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7. Re: Do Shtel remants Exist in Ukraine???

Hi Howard,

I’m afraid I don’t have any pics from Chervonohrad (former Krystynopol). Those I have are of the village Nyrkiv, former Chervohohrud or Chervonohorod, presently non-eixstent.

And former Krystynopol that you need is the present Chervonohrad in Lvivska oblast (administrative area) of Ukraine:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chervonohrad

http://tinyurl.com/dysnzux

http://tinyurl.com/bu5gdkz

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