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Below you can find information about some of the towns we would like to suggest for you to visit. If you cannot find a town that holds a specific importance to you on the list, we will be happy to prepare a special offer for you.

Belz  Berezhany  Bolekhiv  Brody  Buchach  Busk  Chernivtsi  Chortkiv  Drohobych  Dubno  Ivano-Frankivsk (Stanyslaviv)  Pidhajci  Sambor  Sataniv  Sokal  Stryi Kolomyia  Kosiv  Kremenets  Kuty  Ostroh  Ternopil  Volodymir-Volynsky (Ludmir)  Vyzhnytsia  Zalishchyky  Zhovkva

 

Belz

Belz appears in the 11th c. “Ruthenian Chronicles” which makes it one of the oldest towns in the area. Jews living in Belz are mentioned in documents from the 15th c. At the beginning of the 19th c., Belz became one of the most prominent centres of Hasidism thanks to Rabbi Shalom Rokeah, a disciple of the Seer of Lublin, who established his famous court there. Belz is also famous thanks to the popular Yiddish song “Mayn Shtetele Belz”, although it was most probably originally describing the Moldavian town Balti.

Visit: the synagogue of the Ishre Lev charity organisation, the Jewish cemetery with the Rokeah tzaddiks gravestones and the new synagogue.

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Berezhany

The name of the town first appears in historical sources in the second half of the 14th c. Berezhany was granted town rights thanks to the efforts of the Sieniawski noble family, who owned the town for over 200 years and developed it to become one of the finest towns in Podole region. From its very beginning it was a multicultural town, inhabited by Poles, Ukrainians, Jews and Armenians. For centuries Jews were the second largest ethnic group in the town after the Poles.

Visit: main square, remains of the synagogue, “Okopisko” Jewish Cemetery and execution site.

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Brody

A settlement in Brody was mentioned from the 11th c., and was granted city rights in the 16th c. For a time, Brody played an important role as a trade centre on the Austrian - Russian border. In the 19th c., almost 90% of the Brody population was Jewish, and it was a significant Haskalah and Hassidic centre, often called “the Jerusalem of the Austro-Hungarian Empire”. Most of Brody’s Jewish community perished in Belzec death camp. Brody is the hometown of Joseph Roth, a journalist and writer, best known for his novel “Radetzky March”.

Visit: the remains of the Great Synagogue, the Jewish cemetery, the town’s centre and the Jewish district, the building of the Brody Gymnasium (the one attended by Joseph Roth)

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Drohobych

The beginning of the settlement in Drohobych dates back to the 11th c.,  and it is linked to the salt springs in the area. Jews had started living in Drohobych since the 15th c., but it was limited to the periphery, and only became an independent community at the end of the 17th c. From the very beginning the Jews of Drohobych were involved in extraction and sale process of salt, and later played a major role in the oil industry. In the 19th c., the number of Jews in Drohobych increased, making them the largest ethnic group in the town with almost 50% of the population. Drohobych is also known as the hometown of many great Jewish artists – painters Maurycy and Leopold Gottlieb and well known writer and artist Bruno Schultz, whose works were translated into several dozen languages.

Visit: renewed great synagogue, Jewish cemetery, Bruno Schultz trail, monument commemorating Jews executed in Branicki forest.

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Zhovkva

Established as a private town at the end of the 16th c., it was founded by Stanisław Zolkiewski to look like an ideal renaissance town. Jews lived in Zhovkva from the very beginning and the community became independent at 1620. For some time King Jan III Sobieski owned the town, and granted its Jews the right to establish a Hebrew printing house, which later became famous all over the Polish Kingdom.  Over the interwar period, around half of its 10,000 population was Jewish. At 1942 most of Zhovkva Jews were deported to Belzec death camp, and some of them were executed in the woods on Zovkva suburbs in 1943.

Visit: the main square, castle,  synagogue.

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