Re: Dnieper -- River of Mystery
- Can't speak about the east bank of the Dnieper.
Certainly, there is a lot of speculation about the demise of
the Khazar population. I do have extensive knowledge
of the southern west bank, particularly the
provinces of Volhynia, Kherson and Podolia. During the
period of the Tatar (Mongol) invasions (starting ca.
1450), there were virtually no Jews there, as there were
pretty good written records at that time. For that
matter, the region was pretty much depopulated of any
ethnic group because of these invasions. It was only
after an aggressive campaign by Polish and Lithuanian
magnates to settle the frontier in order to claim the
land, that Jews came to this area. This immigration is
very well documented, but in obscure locations
throughout the archives of the world. Except for the rare
Karaite communities scattered about, the origin of
perhaps as many as 99% of all the Jews in this region are
from central Europe. An easy piece of evidence: one
merely has to ask what language they spoke - Yiddish, an
old German dialect. Odessa (and the Crimea) were a
special case. Throughout most of their recent history,
they were controlled by the Ottoman empire. Thus they
developed a Jewish population different from the rest of
- I am looking for the surnames ZILBERMAN, KARP and EPSTEIN of
Yarburg, Lithuania and JUDKOWSKY of Serednik, Lithuania.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, jeffreyrstern wrote:
> I have just begun to research my European roots.
> Have learned that my maternal grandfather was from
> Yurburg, Lithuania. The family name was eithrn Arnstein or
> Arshtein. Looking for any possible relatives....