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Jews in Rezekne

(Rus. Rezhitsa; Ger. Rositten) A city in Latvia, one of the larger cities of the E. Latvian province of Latgale. in 1851 Jewish merchants were given permission to live in the new part of the town. In the course of the 19th century the Jewish population grew steadily; in 1847 there were 542 Jews and in 1897 they numbered 6,478. By 1920 the number of Jews had declined to 4,148 (41.5); in 1925 to 3,911 (31); and by 1935 to 3,342 (25.4). Most Jews were either merchants or artisans, and during the period of Latvia's democratic regime (1918 - 34) there was a very active Jewish communal life. Rezekne had a yeshiva, several Yiddish and Hebrew schools, and a variety of communal organizations and institutions.

The town was occupied by the Nazis in the summer of 1941. most of the Jews were murdered in a nearby forest.
"Encyclopedia Judaica"
1972, Keter Publishing House Jerusalem Ltd
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How to Pronounce Rezekne in Latvian:

The consonants and vowels are similar to Spanish or Italian.  The starting "R" is trilled.The first "e" is their long version of the vowel pronounced "ay" as in Bay. The other "e" is the short version and is pronounced "eh" as in bed.  The accent is on the fist syllable. You put it all together and you get: RRRAY-zek-ney


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