Welcome to the Gorodok KehilaLinks page. The Co-Leaders of the Gorodok Research Group are
Marc Goldberger and Steven Schreiber. This website is a work in progress.
We hope you will feel free to contribute family histories, photos, memoirs and
any other information or suggestions you may have.
Google Earth shows 5 towns in
Ukraine called Gorodok/Horodok
Horodok, Khmelnytskyi oblast, Ukraine
Horodok, Lviv oblast, Ukraine
Horodok, Ternopil's'ka oblast, Ukraine
Horodok, Vinnyts'ka oblast, Ukraine
Horodok, Rivnens'ka oblast, Ukraine
shows an additional 6 towns named Gorodok/Horodok in Ukraine.
There is also
a Gorodok in Vitebsk Province, Belarus.
This website refers to the Gorodok/Horodok in the Khmelnytskyi oblast (province), which is part
of the region formerly known as Podolia.
The spelling of Gorodok
or Horodok is the same, with both beginning with
the Cyrillic letter Г. The Russians pronounce the letter as a G; the
Ukrainians pronounce the letter as an H. Since the historical period that
most involves the Jewish population is when the town was part of Russia, we
use the name Gorodok in the rest of this
website. However, it is essential to search on both names when
conducting research on the town.
Some of the links on this website
are to sources that are not in English. Our hope is to provide more
translations in the future. In the meantime, the reader is encouraged to
use Google Translate for an
approximation of the meaning of the material.
View of Gorodok via Google
Map of Gorodok
and List of Neighboring Towns
Map of Gorodok
(Source: Archive of Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny 1919 1939)
Coat of Arms of
Gorodok (Source: Wikipedia)
Gorodok Today (Source: NIKITAKIS-ARNOLD)
Gorodok (Ukrainian: Городок) is a city located on the Smotrych River in the
Khmelnytskyi Oblast (province) of Ukraine. It is the administrative center of the Horodok Raion, housing the district's local administration buildings.
Its population is 17,746 (2001). (Source: Wikipedia)
Jews settled in 1630 and by 1765,
their population was 645. In the nineteenth century, Jews played an
important role in the industrial and commercial development of the town
during which time it became a district center. In 1897 the Jewish
population was 3,194, 37% of the towns total population of 8,632. By 1939
the Jewish population had decreased to 2,329 in 1939.
The Germans captured Gorodok on
July 8, 1941. Most of the Jews were executed at Yarmolinsky in fall 1942
along with other Jews from the region. Eighty-seven more were murdered in
December 1942 and 16 more in January 1943. (Source: The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before
and During the Holocaust by Spector, Shmuel 2001, p. 446). Further details
on the loss of the Gorodok Jewish population during the holocaust can be