​​The Jewish Families of Ostropol
 Researching  Jewish Families in the territories of the Russian Empire and in the small Ukrainian town of Ostropol


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Quarterly Column - Ostropol Artifacts
Nov 2018 Column 1 - Postcards, Woodcuts, and Getting Started
By Deborah Glassman copyright 2018

Three images to get us started. Each of the items in this column will show something about Ostropol's Jews. Each will include  physical objects created in or about Ostropol, or sent to Ostropol.



Does the synagogue on the upper right of this woodcut look familiar? Artist Jan Krajewski  decided to create a composite of classic Polish structures and views in the former Polish voivodship of Volyn. He made this woodcut in 1875. He felt  that  Ostropol's wooden synagogue of the 17th Century was a fitting accompaniment  to noted Polish sites in Volhynia - the Church of St Anne in Polonnoye (just called Polonnoye church); a palace of the Pruzinski family built in the 1780s in Rzesniowka in Starokonstantinov district, and the small cottage that made what he called a suburban view of Polonnoye. We don't know if he drew it from from his own capture of information at the shul or  if he saw the two horse wagon designed for passengers in front of the Ostropol synagogue. But as an image from when the shul was already over two hundred years old and still flourished, it was exciting to find!

Susan Zucker, Ostropol researcher, shared the following postcard. Addressed to Ostropol, with a letter in Yiddish, and with a photo of a couple obviously known to the recipient on the other side.  The address in Russian says "m. [mestcheko/ small town] Ostropol, Volinski Gub. "please deliver to the hands of Sonya Gedritch" How good is your Yiddish? Can you help translate the actual letter?


Dig out those old letters that went back and forth to Ostropol.

Unearth those old brochures you saw when going through your Grandmom's stuff about the annual luncheons at the Ostropoler Societies in Newark, Brooklyn, or Philadelphia. 

Find the  luggage tags labeled Ostropol, or the book with a bookplate that tells which book owner  lived in Ostropol. 

Or did you see a neat picture in a book that we should include?

How about family photos of folks where the photos were actually taken in Ostropol?  (We are making  another page for your other photos of your relatives born in Ostropol)

Share your stuff, or share your thoughts, or send us some funds to keep going! 

Drop me a note on the contact form about what you want to send. Or make a contribution to the research here


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Write to Deborah Glassman  with any questions about Ostropol research or your family in Ostropol or Volhynia.  I have added dozens of  new articles and new lists about the Jews of Ostropol. Please come back frequently to see the new additions, the new quarterly columns, and artifacts and info! You can use this form, like all of the forms on this website, to tell me what information you would like to order, or what questions or feedback you have.  ​
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