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


Other Pages with Military Info on Ostropol's Jews

Ostropol Jews in Rekruitskie Skzaky Index

Ostropol Jews  in Vedemosti published Conscription Lists

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​​ Soviet Military Records for Ostropol, Lyubar and Starokonstantinov
by Deborah Glassman, copyright 2018

Most records are made available by hardworking volunteers. Pamyat Naroda (Memory of the People) is such a site. https://pamyat-naroda.ru
It is dedicated to preserving the memory of soldiers from all walks of Soviet life in World War II.
It is a Russian language Database of Soviet Military servicemen and women who were killed, wounded, lost, buried in military cemeteries, or received military awards in World War II. The site has a simple search feature in Russian. You can open up Google Translate and use   its virtual Russian keyboard to type in surnames and towns of birth. It does have an English page, but even there, you need to enter the names and towns in Cyrillic letters. Millions of names have been added and it continues to grow. It is a free site.
When I put in “Ostropol,” the frequently updated site quickly gave me eleven people from that place, three appear to be Jews and  seven appear to be Russian and Ukrainian Christians. I suspect that many more are entered in that database with the key fact of their Ostropol birth currently missing. This means that currently they can be found by name, but not by birth place. For instance, I just searched by a family name that I knew had soldiers in the Soviet Army, and it came up with Ostropol included as a subsidiary birthplace, but doesn't appear when you just check for Ostropol. I have continued adding these new finds below, but expect that new additions will be made for some time to come. When I look up by surname, lots of review needs to be done. There were over 500 individuals listed for the surname BURD. Most will not have been from Ostropol, but they all need to be inspected.
The three Jews of Ostropol were:
Moisei Abovich Rechtman. Born 1921 in Ostropol;, called up in Ostropol. Entered Russian Army 1939. Rank - Staff Lieutenant; Artillery Lieutenant.  Received Medal of Honor 19 March 1944
David Moisievich Podzhar. Born 1879. Was living in Leningrad when called up 4 July 1941. Rank – Red Army Man.
Shlema Nusinovich Brotsky. Born 1911. Was living in Nizhny Tagil in Sverdlovskh Region when called up. No call up date.  Rank – Sergent. Left service in 1945, between January and May.

A fourth person, a woman named Anna Slobodianski, might have been Polish rather than Jewish, the surname was used by both groups. She was born in 1924 and died in German captivity at Dunkel, Kempel-Krofeld, Germany. Her burial record exists. Burial date was 28 August 1944. No rank provided.

The next group found as I was posting this article, was  by last name:
Aleksander Yosefich Burd. Born 1913. Born Ukrainian SSR, Kamanets-Podolski region, mestcheko Ostropol. He was called up in Zaporizhia of  Ordzhonikidze district in Ordzhonikidze RVK, Ukrainian SSR. His rank was starishina, which was translated as foreman. Medal of Military Merit 22 Feb 1945.
Isaac Rafaelovich Burd. Born 1909. Born Ukrainian SSR, Kamenetz-Podolsk region, Ostropolsky district, Ostropol He was called up in Molotov, Kirovsky District, in Kirovsky RVK. Medal of Honor 5 Feb 1945.
Nikolai Valentinovich Gilik. Born 1927. Born Ukrainian SSR, Kamenetz-Podolsk region, Ostropolsky district, Gnzahevo. Called up in Ostropol. Left army 29 Sept 1945. This surname is a Jewish surname in Ostropol but the Given Names might mean he is a Christian, or that his family used them as equivalents for Jewish names that started with the same letters.

What does the call-up area tell you? That they or their family if they had been a minor, had moved, been relocated, been evacuated, or been assigned by the Soviet government to an area other than Ostropol. Some of the regions far inland in the Russian interior, definitely would warrant a search for evacuation records. The State Archives for that region would possibly have such records. 
There were over 800 listings for Lyubar. There were almost 1100 for Starokonstantinov. I don’t know what portion were Jews and what portion Christians. Jews were richly represented. I am half way through the large number of soldiers from Lyubar, and have done a small amount of Starokonstantinov.  This count for Ostropol. Lyubar, Starokonstantinov excludes a search of individual surnames. Some of the few I ran for Ostropol had thousands of files to sort through for each surname.

I have found additional Ostropolers after this was complete, and will add new batches quarterly. 

If you know of an Ostropol Jewish soldier, you can search for them yourself (it is a free site in Russian), or send me the name and I will search for them for you! Still for free and we will add their names to this site. If you want me to look for someone from Lyubar or Starokonstantinov or from towns nearby,  I will do that search for you too. That will  be 14.00 USD if you provide me with their first and last name or their last name and town of birth. As I mentioned for the searches by surname above, there can be hundreds or thousands of people with that surname to be sorted and searched.

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Moisei Abovich Rekhtman appears in the second group  on the info above, at entry # 5

David Moiseivch Podzharnov​ was born in Ostropol in 1879 but had not lived in Ostropol for many years. Was in Leningrad when called up. The name had been Podzhar in Ostropol but Russified to Podzharnov in th intervening years.


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