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

 

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

 

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In the footsteps of local photographers

In the footsteps of local photographers

The beginnings of photography in Poland date back to 1839 when the news of the daguerreotype reached the country. Photography quickly got popular, and near the end of the 19th century professional photography salons grew in numbers fast. In some towns there were even several of them. It is worthwhile to pay attention to the fact, that the photographer's profession was usually taken up by Jews. The activity of itinerant photographers was an extraordinary social phenomenon of the break of the 19th and 20th century in Poland. They travelled the province and offered their services as photographers. No documents on the topic remain, which is why their photos are the only evidence of their activity. Currently the memory of these photographers is being brought back, but many of them remain unknown or forgotten. Because of the aura of mystery and uniqueness surrounding the black-and-white prewar photographs, it is worth it to learn something about them. We kindly invite you for a journey in the footsteps of local photographers.

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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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Pinsk guidebook

Pinsk guidebook

Pol. Pińsk, Bel. Пiнск, Yid. פּינסק

It seems Jews are everywhere in Pinsk. Not only the whole town but also the trade of the whole country is thriving thanks to their activity. Craftsmen, merchants, hackney drivers – all of them are Jews, and nothing can happen here without a Jew.

Nikolay Leskov, Iz odnovo dorozhnovo dnevnika (Rus.: From a Travel Journal), 1862.

 

 

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Yizkor book of Pinsk

Yizkor book of Pinsk

Pinsk Sefer Edut ve-Zikaron le-Kehilat Pinsk-Karlin, Pinsk Historical Volume: History of the Jews of Pinsk, 1506-1941, Editors: Dr. Wolf Zeev Rabinowitsch, Nachman Tamir (Mirski), Former residents of Pinsk-Karlin in Israel, 1966-1977, Volume 1, 2 (H, Y, E)

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