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Atlas of Jewish History

Home Up Pale of Settlement

Extractions from the Atlas of Jewish History by Martin Gilbert, 1984 Doreset Press, ISBN 0-088029-018-8

As Russia took over more territories they gain unwanted Jews.
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(Polotzk is a city about 50 miles East of Rezekne, Latvia.)
A Major Western expansion by the Russians gave them even more territory and even more Jews.
(I have inserted a red dot on the approximate location of Rezekne, Latvia.) This may have been the era when Henoch and his family moved to Rezekne.


Russia would allow the Jews to stay within Russia but only within "The Pale"



VILNA was flourishing under Jewish influence.
Vilna is about 150 miles to the south and west of Rezekne, Latvia.

Poverty and Charity among the Jews in the Pale.

Rezekne, Latvia is about 50 miles north of Dvinsk.



The Pogroms were probably a major reason our relatives fled their home and came to America. Eliah died there and Nathan (Abe's twin brother stayed). Nathan had surved in the Russian Army on the Japanese front. Perhaps he was protected by the Russians. He and his family apparently survived until WWII.

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