Where Once We Walked : A Guide To The Jewish Communities Destroyed In The Holocaust, Revised Edition
Where Once We Walked : A Guide To The Jewish Communities Destroyed In The Holocaust, Revised Edition
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Where Once We Walked : A Guide to the Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust, Revised Edition ; by Gary Mokotoff and Sallyann Sack with Alexander Sharon; 2002; Hardcover; 736 pp; 8.5x11; ISBN 9781886223158; Item AV158

The award-winning Where Once We Walked has been completely revised and updated to reflect the changes in the political geography of Central and Eastern Europe since Where Once We Walked was published in 1991. There are also a number of improvements to the original edition noted below. The new edition identifies more than 23,500 towns in Central and Eastern Europe where Jews lived before the Holocaust. The index includes 17,500 alternate names including Yiddish, pre-Word War I, interwar and post-world War II names. Gives latitude/longitude, Jewish population before the Holocaust and cites as many as 50 books that reference the town. A soundex index allows locating the town when only how to pronounce the name is known.

"Where Once We Walked" Book Review

Major Revision!!

There are numerous improvements to the original Where Once We Walked in Where Once We Walked: Revised Edition

  • 4,500 more synonyms. An additional 4,500 synonyms for towns (new total: 17,500) were made possible due to the discovery of two remarkable name-change gazetteers that gave the pre-World War I names for towns that were once part of the German and Austro-Hungarian Empires.
  • Hundreds of towns located. Hundreds of towns that could not be located in Where Once We Walked have now been located and their exact latitudes/longitudes have been added.
  • 800 towns added. The original version of Where Once We Walked was rather rigorous, containing nearly 23,000 towns. This new work includes an additional 800 towns.
  • Town names changed to contemporary names. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, thousands of town names in Belarus and Ukraine have been changed from their Russian names to Byelorussian and Ukrainian names. For example, Grodno, Byelorussian SSR, is now Hrodna, Belarus. Kamenets Podolskiy, Ukrainian SSR, is now Kam"yanets'-Podil's'kyy, Ukraine. Where Once We Walked: Revised Edition reflects the town names as they exist today, and the Russian names for these towns are now identified as synonyms.
  • Expanded and improved soundex. The Daitch-Mokotoff soundex index has been expanded and improved. Certain Polish and Romanian letters that do not sound identical to their English equivalents have been double coded.
  • Diacritic marks added to town names. The current names of all towns include their correct diacritic marks.
  • Integration of Where Once We Walked Companion. There had previously been published another book titled Where Once We Walked Companion, that made it possible to determine which towns listed in Where Once We Walked were in the vicinity of a particular shtetl. An updated version of this entire work was incorporated into Where Once We Walked: Revised Edition.
  • Eleven new sources of information about the Jews of Central and Eastern Europe have been added including all the towns identified in Miriam Weiner's books Jewish Roots in Poland and Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova, the new Pinkas Hakehillot (Encyclopedia of Towns), Finding Your Jewish Roots in Galicia, and others.
  • Many original sources have been updated, such as the yizkor book collection, the holdings of the LDS (Mormon) Family History Library, and those of the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People.
  • Contemporary countries identified. Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia no longer exist. Where Once We Walked: Revised Edition identifies the country in which the towns of these former political entities are now located.
  • Latitude/longitudes corrected. The latest data available from the United States government Board on Geographic Names has slightly different latitude/longitudes for many of the towns. Where Once We Walked: Revised Edition reflects these changes. Where Once We Walked was based on a 1966 version of BGN data. Perhaps due to better mapping capability through the use of satellites, BGN has changed the exact location of many towns throughout the world.
  • Regional names included. Sometimes what is perceived as the name of a town, is, in fact, the name of a region. Included are 45 regional names such as Banat, Bavaria, Bessarabia, Bohemia, Dalmatia, Franconia, Galicia, Gubernia, Kurland, Lietuva, Moravia, Podolia, Pommerania, Prussia, Transylvania, Volyn, and Westphalia to name a few.

Sample entry:

  • Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyy, Ukr.;
  • (Akerman, Akkerman, Belgorod Dnestrovski, Belgorod Dnestrovskii, Belgorod Dnestrovskiy, Cetatea Alba, Ir Lavan) pop. 4,239; 42 km SW of Odesa; 4612'/3021'; AMG, CAHJP, EDRD, EJ, GUM4, HSL, JRUM, LDL, PHR2, SF, YB.
  • The number of towns identified in Where Once We Walked: Revised Edition listed here by country:
  • Poland 6,160
  • Germany 3,290
  • Ukraine 3,288
  • Hungary 2,252
  • Romania 1,434
  • Czech Republic 1,289
  • Belarus 856
  • Moldova 635
  • Slovak Republic 634
  • Lithuania 603
  • Austria 460
  • Latvia 330
  • Croatia 225
  • Russia 219
  • Serbia 175
  • Greece 116
  • Bosnia 64
  • Slovenia 61
  • Bulgaria 52
  • Estonia 33
  • Macedonia 18
  • Montenegro 5
  • Regions 45
  • Not determined 1,337
  • TOTAL 23,581