Geography of Izyaslav
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Izyaslav, Ukraine

Изяслав, Yкраïна

Yiddish name - Zaslov


Situated on the Horyn river in western Ukraine, the city, founded in 987, dates back to the 11th century.  It is within Khmelnytskyi Oblast (Province), Iziaslavskyi Raion (region). County Seat – Kamenets-Podolski District. (Wiki). geographical coordinates: 50° 7' 0" North, 26° 48' 0" East. It is 165.4 miles W of Kiev. It was once a part of southeastern Volhynia gubernia (province) (1796–1917). Its architectural monuments include a castle and a Roman Catholic cathedral from the 16th century; the city walls, with a gate and towers; and a palace from the 17th century. My maternal grandparents came from Izyaslav. On the 1920 census, my grandfather Harry (Hiel) Shapiro stated that he was from ‘Volink”, suggesting that he identified more closely with the province then the town.
Its population in 2009 was 17,232.

Volhynia (click to see interactive map on Ukrainian SIG)

It is an historical region in Eastern Europe that now forms a part of western Ukraine. The region is named for the former city of Volyn or Velyn, said to have been located on the Southern Bug River (Wiki). It once hosted a large Jewish population, which was systematically decimated by a series of massacres and the holocaust. In 1921, a Soviet-Polish treaty divided Volhynia between Poland and the Soviet Union. Poland took the larger part and established a Volhynian Voivodeship. Most of eastern Volhynia became part of the Zhytomyr, Rovno and Volyn Oblasts. (Wikip).
“Territories of historical Volhynia now form the Volyn, Rivne, and parts of Zhytomyr, Ternopil and Khmelnytskyi Oblasts of Ukraine, as well as parts of Poland (see Chełm). Major cities include Lutsk, Rovno/Rivne, Kovel, Kremenets (Ternopil Oblast), Volodymyr-Volynskyi, and Starokostiantyniv (Khmelnytskyi Oblast). Many Jewish shtetls (villages) like Trochenbrod and Lozisht were once an integral part of the region.“ WIKI.


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