Stavisht winter scene
Winter view of Stavisht facing east © 2018 Sergey Plakhotnyuk

The resources below are in addition to those cited throughout the website and in accompanying footnotes. I have tried to classify them by topic, but many cover several topics.

Art & Culture

Jewish Postcard Collection

Prokuden-Gorskii Collection hosted by the Library of Congress. The Collection features color photographs taken of the Russian Empire between 1905 and 1915. None are specifically related to Stavisht, but the images provide a look into what life was like at the time.

Shtetl Art Gallery. A beautiful online collection of art reflecting life in the shtetl. Various artists and mediums.

Yiddish Audio Archive. Listen to free Yiddish music, tales, and stories. Take a Yiddish lesson or listen to a lecture about Yiddish folklore. Lots to explore!


All Russia Family Tree

American Jewish Historical Society. Check out the Research Guides for family history.

Beit Hatfutsot Museum of the Jewish People has established the The Open Databases Project where you may discover photos, family trees, communities, and more.

Brooklyn Genealogy Information Page

By Way of Canada. A National Archives article on the records of immigrants crossing the Canadian border from 1895-1954 (St. Albans Lists).

Chicago Ancestors

Cyndi's List - Jewish Resources

JewishGen - Home of Jewish Genealogy. JewishGen provides details on Stavisht and the projects currently underway for the shtetl.

Jewish Genealogy in Ukraine. Use the site to search for family members and order records with translations.

Louise Kessler's Jewish Genealogy Links

Roots to Roots Foundation. A guide to civil records in Eastern Europe.


Batchinsky, J., Margolin, A., Vishnitzer, M., Zangwill, I. (1919). The Jewish pogroms in Ukraine: Authoritative statements on the question of responsibility for recent outbreaks against the Jews in Ukraine. Washington: Friends of Ukraine.

Beyond the Pale: The History of Jews in Russia. This site is presented in both English and Russian.

Center for Jewish History. Use the Family History dropdown menu for resources and additional websites.

Dubnow, S. M. (1920). History of the Jews in Russia and Poland: From the earliest times until the present day (Vol. III). (I. Friedlaender, Trans.). Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society of America. This volume covers the time from the accession of Nicholas II until the early 1900s. Volumes I and II also are available to read online at the Project Gutenberg site.

Heifetz, E. (1921). The slaughter of the Jews in the Ukraine in 1919. New York: Thomas Seltzer, Inc. Search the text using the spelling 'Stavische.' Page 287 describes the pograms of June 1919.

The history of cities and villages of Ukrainian SSR, volume 10 [Історія міст і сіл УРСР. Том 10. Київська область, Київ, 1971]. This work by Ukrainian scholars consists of 26 volumes published between 1967 and 1974, and details local histories. Each volume represents a province (oblast) with districts (raions) listed in alphabetical order. The text is written from the Soviet perspective and is not reflective of the actual history. See Footnote #2 on the History page.

History of Jewish Communities in Ukraine

Khimenko, V. (n.d.). Lyubomir: The city which was not. An eight page thesis, written in Russian, discussing whether Stavisht was originally the town of Ludomir. Many sources included.

Leeson, D. (1994). Military conscription in Russia in the 19th century. A JewishGen InfoFile.

Museum of Family History. (2008). Web articles entitled Jews in the Russian Army and Life Under Czarist Rule. This virtual museum of Jewish Family History is quite extensive. Be sure to look at the site map to find other articles of interest.

Spector, S. (Ed.). (2001). Encyclopedia of Jewish life before and during the Holocaust (Vol. 3). New York: New York University Press.

Totten, S., & Parsons, W. S., & Charny, I. W. (Eds.). (2004). Century of genocide: Critical essays and eyewitness accounts. New York, NY: Routledge.

Ukraine Virtual Jewish History Tour. This online tour is part of The Virtual Jewish World project of the Jewish Virtual Library.

Weiner, M. (1999). Jewish roots in Ukraine and Moldova: Pages from the past and archival inventories. New York: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. A great resource hailed as a combination "reference book, travel guide, Holocaust book and genealogical handbook." Weiner is the respected genealogist behind the Roots to Roots Foundation.

Online Information

The Felshtin Society - Bibliography. A lengthy listing of resources related to Jewish Ukraine and the shtetl of Felshtin (today known as Hvardis'ke, Ukraine), located about 194 (313 km) miles west of Stavisht.

Internet Encyclopedia of the Ukraine

International Jewish Cemetery Project. A number of interesting resources are listed on this page of the Jewish Community in Ukraine, both past and present.

Jewish Museums in Ukraine Use your browser's Translate feature to read in English.

Khimenko, Viktor. Viktor, a resident of St. Petersburg, has taken an interest in Stavisht, his wife's hometown. He moderates a number of web pages related to Stavisht including the Ukrainian site about Stavisht Stavishche and Stavyshchyna and a forum titled Castles and Fortresses of Ukraine-Forum-Stavishche. Use an online translator to review the sites.

Yivo Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe