The Shtetl of Lepel in Contemporary Cultural Memory / Editor-in-chief Svetlana Amosova. Moscow, 2015. 496 p.

 

The book is the new issue of the series “The Shtetl in Contemporary Cultural Memory”, dedicated to the history and culture of Jews in various regions of Belarus. The research presented in this book is based on material collected during and following the 2014 field school in Lepel (Vitebsk region, Republic of Belarus), organized by Sefer Center and Institute of Slavic studies, Russian Academy of Sciences). The objective of the field school was to reveal the Jewish history of the city of Lepel and its neighbouring towns Chashniki and Ushachi using oral testimonies and historical documents. The most important task of the field school was also the finding, investigation and documenting of Jewish cultural heritage objects of the region (primarily cataloguing of Jewish cemeteries).

The book includes articles about various periods in the history of the Jewish community of Lepel, its places of worship, monuments and sites that are significant to Jewish history of the city, and publications of local old residents’ stories about the everyday life in the polyethnic Lepel, as well as in the settlements Chashniki and Ushachi. A separate part of the book is the catalogue of the Jewish cemetery. The Appendix includes archival documents on the history of Lepel Jewish community and the fragments of memoires by natives of Lepel and the surrounding area.

 

Editorial Board:

Svetlana Amosova (Ed.-in-chief, Sefer Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization, Institute of Slavic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)

Olga Belova (Institute of Slavic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)

Leonid Dreyer (Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow)

Victoria Mochalova (Sefer Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization, Institute of Slavic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)

Anna Shaevich (Sefer Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization)

 

Peer reviewed by Vladimir Petrukhin  (Institute of Slavic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)

Maria Akhmetova (Center of Russian Folklore)

 

ISBN 978-5-7576-0338-4

 

Preface 

PART 1

Jewish History and Ethnography of Lepel and Its Surroundings

Konstantin Karpekin. «They lived in this town...»: Overview of the

History of Lepel Jews in the 1840s-1930s……………                                                         .… 13

Konstantin Karpekin. On the History of Synagogues in Chashniki during the 1920s – 1930s ..29

Andrey Moroz. Jewish Lepel through the Eyes of Local Residents ……………………..… ….35

Victoria Kuhtina, Natalia Savina. Unofficial Toponymy of Lepel ....…………………….. …..53

Nikita Petrov. «Everyone Says about Me: ‘You look like a Jewish Woman!’»:

Individual Interview in the System of Knowledge about Tradition........................................…. 68

Margarita Kozhenevskaya. Visiting Serafima Moiseevna ……………………………………...81

Anna Bazarevich. Jewish Residents in the Folk Tradition of Ushachi and Its Surroundings:

Ethnic and Religious Stereotypes………………………………………………………………. 84

Valeriy Tukhto. Jewish Cemeteries of the Lepel Region …………………………. .……….…..88

Olga Belova. The Jewish Cemetery in the Stories of Residents of Lepel and the Its Surroundings……………………………………………………………………….…………… 92

PART 2

Catalogue of the Lepel Jewish Cemetery ………………………………….……………… …..115

PART 3

Appendix

Entry «Lepel» in Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and Other Slavic Countries (1884).

Translation from Polish and Commentaries by V. Mochalova………………………………. 351

Vladimir Lifshits. “The Main Thing in Life for Him Was Work”: Memories about

Moisey Livshits from the Village of Kamen’, Lepel District…..…………………………….. 354

Adelia Krylova. My Lepel Roots……………………………………………………………... 360

Lists of Jews of Lepel…………………  ……………………….……………………………. 366

Lists of Jews of Chashniki……………… …………………..……………………………….. 435

Lepel Aid Society for Poor Jews ……………………………..………………..………………485

Information about Authors……………………………………………………………………. 493

Acknowledgements …………………………………………………………….......………….493

Summer School Participants …………………………………………   …………...................494

Summary………………………………………………………………………………………. 495