Formerly known as Wojnilów, in Galicia. This was the original Polish town name.
Other alternate names: Voynyliv [Ukrainian], Voinilov [Russian], Voyniluv, Voynalov, Voinyliv Latitude 49°8´, Longitude 24°30´
Latitude 49°8´, Longitude 24°30´
Wojnilow dates back to the mid-16th century when it was granted Magdeburg (city) rights. The earliest known Jewish community here was in the 18th century. Jews received the rights of living in the Austro-Hungarian empire in 1867 and Galicia remained part of the empire up until World War 1. Wojnilow was a shtetl in the district of Kalusz, in the province of Stanislawow. The Jewish population reached 1,115 in 1900 out of a total population of 2,726. It is where my grandfather Samuel Drach was born in 1884. However, after the Austrian Empire collapsed at the start of World War 1, the town became part of Poland and then, in 1939, when Germany invaded Poland, the Soviet Union declared the Polish state dead and the town passed to what is now Ukraine, and its modern name is Voynilov. (Click Here for more.)
Roman Zakharii's History of Voynyliv  Updated 17 April 2011
Samuel Drach was born August 29, 1884 in Wojnilow, Austria which was then part of the Austrian-Hungary Empire. His parents were Jacob Drach and Helen Shippar. He immigrated to New York City in 1904. Anna, his wife, was born May 18, 1888. Most of her family appears to have lived in the area of nearby Bukaczowce. She originally came to New York, around 1903, not to immigrate, but on vacation, presumably to visit her brothers on the Lower East Side, with whom my grandfather was living. (Click Here for more.)
Updated 13 January 2013
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