Shtetl Routes. Vestiges of Jewish cultural heritage in cross-border tourism in borderland of Poland, Belarus and Ukraine

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Shtetl Routes. Vestiges of Jewish cultural heritage in cross-border tourism in borderland of Poland, Belarus and Ukraine

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Bolekhiv -  Cultural Heritage Card

Bolekhiv - Cultural Heritage Card

Bolekhiv is a town under the district’s jurisdiction, located at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, on the banks of the river Sukil. The town belongs to Dolyna district and is located 17 km from Dolyna. The railway Lviv-Stryi-Ivano-Frankivsk and the highway “Lviv-Chernivtsi” pass Bolekhiv. Its population is 11300 citizens (according to the data of 2001). There are several versions as to the origin of the name of the town, the most widespread of which comes from the word “volokhy”.

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Bolekhiv - guidebook

Bolekhiv - guidebook

Ukr. Болехів, Yid. באָלעכעוו

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In the footsteps of painters

In the footsteps of painters

In the footsteps of painters route aims to teach about a rich and diverse culture of shtetls by presenting the painters that lived there, as well as their body of work.

The route painters presents the changes in art which took place on the break of the 19th and 20th century. For a large group of painters the descent was hardly irrelevant, and throughout their artistically active years they referenced the places and circles in which they grew up. They painted townships, and alleys of Jewish streets, praying Jews and other scenes depicting the life of Jewish population. It was not a dominant theme, however. Painters conducted their own artistic searches, and many of them were influenced by various European styles and movements, especially the École de Paris circles. The majority of this artistic group came from shtetls, and some of them, thanks to their talent, hard work and determination became world-class artists contributing to the artistic environments in Paris, London or New York.

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Yizkor book of Bolekhiv

Yizkor book of Bolekhiv

Sefer ha-zikaron le-kedoshei Bolechow (Memorial book of the martyrs of Bolechow), Ed: Y. Eshel, Association of Former Residents of Bolechow in Israel, 1957

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