VOROTINSCHINA (Zaverezh'ye): Mogilev Print

 

Mogilev uezd, Mogilev guberniya at 53°50' N, 30°03' E, 13 miles WSW of Mahilyow (Mogilev). This  Jewish agricultural colony was founded in 1835 by Baron Ginsberg. The small towns of Vorotinschtina and Zaverezh'ye are across the road from one another. The post office and stores were in Zaverezh'ye and the cemetery in Vorotinschina. Jewish population: 259 (in 1898), 130 (in 1939). Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego (1880-1902), XIV, p. 496: "Zawereże" #1.

 

The Vorotinschtina cemetery requires a guide from the Jewish community in Mogilev to get to the place on an unpaved road, accessible really only in dry summer weather. Many stones are illegible, sunken into the ground. Reports of previous desecration exist. The former head of Mogilev Jewish community (now in Brooklyn) took videos of the construction of cemetery's Holocaust memorial donated by descendents who live now in Israel. I believe Zusja Kore paid for the memorial. Aged 92, he now lives in Ber Yaacov, Israel (near Tel Aviv.) The video shows some stones, all really illegible. He is the sole survivor of the shtetl where the Germans murdered over 100 people in 1941. Source: Schelly Dardashti, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it [2000]

The next bigger town is Vendorozh, 1.8 miles NW of Zaverezhye. Source: Schelly Dardashti, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it [2000]

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