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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Belz - Cultural Heritage Card

Belz - Cultural Heritage Card

Belz is a small city of regional importance in Sokal district of Lviv region. It is located on the rivers Solokiya and Rechytsia (Zhechytsia) — the Western Bug river tributaries belonging to the Baltic Sea. 3 kilometers from city is located the Ukrainian-Polish border, distance to Chervonograd is 12 km, to Sokal — 25 km.

There are several versions of the name of the city. According to the most common one, the name of the city comes from the old word "belz" or "bevz", meaning swampy, wet area, the same word in Boyko dialect means "impassable" "hardly passable", "wetland". Another hypothesis links the city name to the ancient the word "blyz» (white place, meadow among the dark forest). All these versions are sufficiently plausible and transmit natural conditions, where Belz is located.

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Biłgoraj - Cultural Heritage Card

Biłgoraj - Cultural Heritage Card

Biłgoraj is a powiat town in lubelskie voivodeship, with 18.000 residents. Located in the north–eastern part of Sandomierz Basin also known as Sandomierz Lowland, near a crossing of roads from Lublin to Tarnogród, Jarosław, and Przeworsk (road No. 835) towards Hungary, and the road from Zamość through Nisko (No.858) to Sandomierz and Kraków. Biłgoraj was founded on the edge of Solska Wilderness, between Czarna Łada and Biała Łada, which near the town merge into a single river – Łada, a tributary river of Tanew, which in turn is a tributary of San. In the pre-partition Poland, the town was under the administrative rule of lubelskie voivodeship.

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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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Busk - Cultural Heritage Card

Busk - Cultural Heritage Card

The town of Busk is a district center located 50 km away from Lviv. The name of the city comes from the river on which it is located – Western (Zakhidny) Bug. Big amount of rivers and brooks facilitated the creation of unique hydro landscape of the towns’ territory. In XVIII–XIX century Busk was frequently called “The Halychyna Venice”.

There is another version of origin of the town name which is connected with the name of stork («buziok», «buzko»), which is depicted on the town heraldic. The legend of the city foundation is connected with this bird. It tells about the stork that seemingly helped the wife of Igor Davydovych to get out of the moors of the thick forest. On that place he ordered to build the fortified ancient settlement and called in honor of the bird – Busko. Certain researches connect the name of the city with the name of Slavonic chief Bozh. The roots of this name coincide with the tribal name of “Buzhany”.

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Davyd-Haradok Cultural Heritage Card

Davyd-Haradok Cultural Heritage Card

Дави́д-Городо́к [Rus.],

Давыд-Гарадок [Belarus.],

Davyd-Haradok [Eng.] is a town (since 1940) in Stolin district, Brest region in Belarus. It is situated on the river Goryn. Its population is 6 700 inhabitants (2009). It is the second biggest populated locality of Stolin district. Administrative area of the town is 1239 hectares. It is situated at the intersection of Stolin — David Gorodok — Turov — Zhytkavichy.

Landscape of this area is of flat and swamp nature.

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Indura Cultural Heritage Card

Indura Cultural Heritage Card

Village Indura of Grodno district was transformed into an agrarian settlement in 2007. It is situated 25 km to the south from Grodno on the highway Grodno - Bolshaya Berisovitsa.

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Kobryn -  Cultural Heritage Card

Kobryn - Cultural Heritage Card

Кобрын [Belorus.],

קאָברין [Yiddish],

קוברין [Heb.],

Kobryń [Polish],

Kobryn [Lithuanian],

Кобрин [Rus.],

Kobryn [Eng],
Kobryn is a town, a district center in Brest region.

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Mir - Cultural Heritage Card

Mir - Cultural Heritage Card

Mir is an urban-type settlement in Korelich district, Grodno region of Belarus.

Mir became world-wide famous thanks to its Gothic-renaissance castle which was included to the list of UNESCO world heritage, as well as thanks to the well-known Yeshiva being the center of learning of the eastern-European Jewry.

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Motal - Cultural Heritage Card

Motal - Cultural Heritage Card

Motal (Polish Motol, Belorussian Моталь, Hebrew מוטאל) — is an Agro-town (village) in Ivanovsk district, Brest region of Belarus. It is the administrative center of Motal village council.

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Orla - Cultural Heritage Card

Orla - Cultural Heritage Card

Once a town, today a village, it is the seat of a gmina in bielski powiat, in Podlaskie voivodeship. Orla, situated on Wysoczyzna Bielska, is located a fair distance away from the more important routes – 5 kilometres to the South there is road 689 from Bielsk Podlaski to Hajnówka, 6 km to the South–West road 692 Bielsk Podlaski–Kleszczele, 2 km to the North an inactive since the 1990s railroad Lewki–Hajnówka (PKP station Orlanka). The larger towns in the area are: Bielsk Podlaski – 12 km North–West, and Hajnówka – 21 km West. The voivodeship's capital – Białystok – is located around 57 km to the North. From the West and South–West, Orla is surrounded by river Orlanka (a tributary river for Narew).

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Pidhaitsi - Cultural Heritage Card

Pidhaitsi - Cultural Heritage Card

Pidhaitsi is located on the coast of the river Koropets (Dniester’s confluent), 70 km from Ternopil and 30 km from Berezhany, 392 m above the sea level. Pidhaitsli is a district center in Ternopil region. As of 2013 the population amounted to 2, 866 persons. Obviously, the name comes from the designation of the place of location: “city near woods” (pid hayem). The town is located on the edge of Volyn-Podillya Upland. Due to the original microclimate it is also known as “Zymni Pidhaitsi”. It is known that the snow lies here several weeks longer than in the neighboring districts.

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Pinsk - Cultural Heritage Card

Pinsk - Cultural Heritage Card

Pinsk is a town, a district center in Brest region. It is situated on the bank of Pina River (the left tributary of Pripyat) 186 km to the east from Brest, 304 km to south-west from Minsk. It has a railway station on the line Brest-Homel.

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Pruzhany Cultural Heritage Card

Pruzhany Cultural Heritage Card

פּרוזאַני [Yiddish], 
Пружаны [Belorus.],
Prużana [Polish.]
Pružanai [Lithuanian]
Пружаны [Rus.]

Pruzhany [Eng.]
 

Pruzhany is a town, a district center in Brest region.

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Radun Cultural Heritage Card

Radun Cultural Heritage Card

Radun (Polish Raduń, Belorus. Радунь, Lithuanian Rodūnė) — urban-type settlement in Voronovo district Grodno region. It is the administrative center of Radun settlement council.

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Ruzhany - Cultural Heritage Card

Ruzhany - Cultural Heritage Card

Ruzhany is a settlement in Pruzhany district, Brest region of the Republic of Belarus.

Yiddish was the language of commercial law in the entire Central Europe and of course Eastern Europe. And that's why appearance of a goy in the office who would also belong to Sapegas (everybody new that family) would be a kind of a sensation. During my entire stay at his company Medzizhetskiy showed me letters from clients from all over the state with a question how the young prince goy coped with his business.

Eustachy Sapieha, Tak było: Niedemokratyczne wspomnienia Eustachego Sapiehy, Warszawa 2012

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