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OF THE JEWISH SHTETL OF
miles (thirty-nine kilometres) north of the city of
is a common Slavic toponym, usually denoting a place founded on a rocky
mountain or stony embankment of a river or stream. It is part of or the entire
name of dozens of places mostly in
(known since 1276) is the center of the Kamenets district, one of the sixteen
districts of the
Population was 9,400 in 1995.
The town was
first mentioned in the Halych – Volhynian Chronicle in 1278, when a
castle with a keep, the famous
Search the Yizkor book necrology – over 1,700 names of Kamenets Holocaust victims.
Radzima.org has excellent photos and information on Kamenets.
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Click here to read Bobby and Joan Engel's excellent family history on Kamenets
In 1945, Falk Zolf, a Jewish teacher in the I.L. Peretz School in Winnipeg, published a moving semi-autobiographical novel in Yiddish called Auf Fremder Erd. (On Foreign Soil). In a series of 132 vignettes, he vividly described elements of his life from his childhood in Zastavia, which was across the Lezna River and joined to Kamenets by a long bridge.
Born in 1898, he offers us a glimpse of a generation whose youth predated the Holocaust, and was compelled to grapple with the forces unleashed during World War I, be they military, ideological, or psychological. Zolf's experiences are extremely diverse: a student at the Slobodker Yeshivah, a "draft-dodger" from the Czar's Army, a soldier in the Communist Russian Army, a Poale Tzion activist, a prisoner in a POW camp in East Prussia, and a family man in Zastavia, to name a few. His many wanderings in both the Pale of Settlement and Russian heartland until his emigration to Canada give the reader a picture of the diversity of Jewish communities at the time. Zolf also addresses how the -isms and schisms of his day played out in this life: religious observance, secularization, and the various platforms of Jewish political movements.
Read the online English translation at: http://www.onforeignsoil.com/english.htm
Yekheskl (Ezekiel) Kotik (1847-1921), was born in Kamenets-Litovsk. He is mainly known for his two-volume memoirs "Mayne Zikhroynes" (1913-1914). In the first volume of his memoirs the author describes his childhood in Kamenets; in the second volume his life in Belorusia and several cities in Russia proper. Read online English excerpts of the first volume at: http://www.onforeignsoil.com/kotik.htm
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• The 1880 Russian Army deserters list
Click here for the 1920 list of Kamenets businesses ( This list was compiled by the town historian Grigory Musevich who faithfully kept it in an old exercise book )
Click here for the 1921 list of Kamenets names
here for the
1891-1918 list of Kamenets Army conscripts
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