Friday, December 19, 2008

The Jews of Pinsk

Great book review from the Jerusalem Post:
On August 9, 1507, Prince Feodor Ivanovych Yaroslavych, one of the grand dukes of Moscow, and his wife Olena, granted Josko Meirovich, Pesah Ezofowicz and Abraham Ryzkiewic, representing the Jews of Pinsk, a rare privilege, worded thus: "And we, because of their bowing before us, decided we hereby confirm, by way of request, to grant them a place to establish a synagogue for them and another place for a cemetery."


This is just one of the many brilliant gems found in The Jews of Pinsk, 1506 to 1880 and the author, editors and publishers of this research are to be commended for having brought the living history of one of Eastern Europe's most important centers of Jewish settlement to the English-speaking world. The book's all-embracing historical, sociological and demographical scope allows us to learn how Jews lived, prayed, fought, built and persevered among strangers, often under difficult and dangerous conditions.


Originally published in 1973 under the title Toldot Kehilla Pinsk-Karlin, 1506-1880, the book written by Mordechai Nadav (a leading Israeli scholar of East European Jewish history), presents a detailed history of the entire district. The editors were Mark Mirsky, professor of English at the City College of New York, and Moshe Rosman, professor of Jewish history at Bar-Ilan University.


The author's painstaking research presents us with a living portrait of a predominantly Jewish East European town in 1506-1880.
Click here to read the entire article. Also, the JewishGen Yizkor Book project has a translated version of the Pinsk Yizkor Book available here.

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